Reinventing the world through urban experiments

A new essay by Rob Raven, James Evans and Andrew Karvonen discusses the role of urban experimentation in cities.

How can we envision the process of transitioning towards liveable, prosperous and sustainable cities? One way is as ‘experimentation’, seeing cities as a test bed for innovative and creative solutions, and the potential transfer and scaling-up of these ideas to other contexts.

This is the focus of a new essay written by one of the partners of the International Eco-Cities Initiative, Rob Raven, and two of his colleagues, James Evans and Andrew Karvonen. The essay is based on a new book, entitled ‘The Experimental City’, which draws together insights from 32 researchers on social and urban issues across the world to address central questions, including: how are urban experiments conceived and enacted? Who instigates these experiments and who benefits from them? And how can the lessons from experiments be applied in other places?

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