The Demand-side of Public Service Delivery and the Strengthening of a New Malaysia

In the first paper of the Think City Urban Policy Series, Dr Shahridan Faiez, Think City advisor, and Dr Vijayendra Rao, a lead economist at the World Bank Development Research Group, argue that Malaysia has become one of the most centralised countries in the world. Instead of being “supply”-driven by Putrajaya, Dr Shahridan and Dr Rao call for a renewed focus on the “demand-side” – addressing the needs, aspirations and interests of ordinary citizens.

Date: 19/04/2019

File size: 302KB

A Guide for Public Art Projects

A Guide for Public Art Projects provides a clear path on how to implement successful art projects in the public space. It encourages the installation of quality, meaningful and inspirational public art. It outlines the environmental, social and economic benefits of public art and documents the best practices based on Think City’s experience for installations. The guide has been prepared by Think City for their partners and consultants and is relevant to others who are interested in using public art to support urban regeneration. The guide has been developed to ensure high quality public art is delivered to reflect local history, culture and sense of place. It also demonstrates how the community can be part of the process in making public art. The guide showcases Think City’s commitment to liveable and people-centric cities and serves to facilitate the use of arts and culture as an urban regeneration tool that benefits the wider community. Think City supports creative place making interventions to enhance urban regeneration efforts via partnerships with the public, private, non-profit and community sectors.

Date: 14/01/2019

File size: 32.741MB

Streetwise Design by Elizabeth Vines

A practical guide for new development and adaptive reuse in Asian liveable cities. Elizabeth Vines is an award winning conservation architect, past president of ICOMOS Australia, visiting Professor at Hong Kong University and Adjunct Professor at the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne. Asian cities are experiencing rapid growth and historic sites are increasingly under threat from new development that may potentially destroy cultural heritage. Old buildings are frequently torn down and replaced with glass fronted sky-scrapers. How can new development be incorporated into historic sites that is sympathetic to the existing context? Streetwise Design provides practical information for planners, architects and developers for a strategy for new development, as well as guides for making these cities more liveable through public realm improvements.

Date: 04/09/2018

File size: 27.691MB

The City at Eye Level By STIPO

Public space quality is the backbone of a sustainable city. Great streets, places where you intuitively want to stay longer, human scale interaction between buildings and streets, ownership by users, placemaking and good plinths (active ground floors) and a people-centred approach based on the user’s experience – that is what The City at Eye Level is all about. The City at Eye Level is a book, an open source learning network, and a program for improving cities, streets and places all over the world. The second edition was written by over 90 contributors, edited by Stipo and put together in partnership with UN Habitat, Future of Places, Gehl Architects, PPS Project for Public Spaces, the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of PUCRS – Porto Alegre, and Copenhagenize. Download the other book editions here

Date: 10/07/2018

File size: 7.215MB

A Guide to Neighbourhood Placemaking in Chicago – PPS & Metropolitan Planning Council

Date: 29/06/2018

File size: 1.504MB

Using Public Life Tools: The Complete Guide – Gehl Institute

Date: 29/06/2018

File size: 726KB

Public Spaces, Public Life – Jan Gehl & City of Sydney

Date: 29/06/2018

File size: 8.895MB