Urban Planet: The Urban Genome Project

Urban Planet is a daily roundup of  blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

In the video above, Urve Tiidus, mayor of the city of Kuressaare, Estonia, speaks of city’s challenge to retain young people. Imagine if she could connect with the hundreds of other small cities facing this challenge and better yet, tap into a network of relevant solutions. Curated by Joseph Grima and Pedro Reyes, the Urban Genome Project attempts to “map the code on which cities are written”. The website catalogues interviews with supermayors, policy makers and strategic agents.  The result is both poignant pictures of the triumphs of cities around the world and a growing pool of knowledge for the urban challenges of the 21st century.

Video from the Urban Genome Project

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