The final thINK of 2005 is all about making cities more livable. From zoning codes to street widths to parking requirements, there's all manner of debate on how to design urban centres with life-giving, invigorating spirit.
New Urbanism was launched in the 90s by urban planners and others who were concerned about the lack of a feeling of "place" in the modern suburb. But what grew from the movement were city centres with the surface ambience of living communities, but lacking the social infrastructure of true neighbourhoods. What did New Urbanists forget?
In November 2004, Eric Jacobsen, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith, spoke at a Work Research Foundation event in Hamilton, Ontario. He outlined his vision for a city design that doesn't forget what the church can lend urban renewal.
The event also featured a response from renowned professor Dr. Craig Bartholomew, currently H. Evan Runner Chair of Philosophy at Redeemer University College, Ancaster Ontario. We present for you now a full recording of the event.