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Cities are emerging as the most critical and debated phenomenon of the twenty first century. From having an insignificant impact over the global economy in early parts of last century, they have taken center stage by becoming the principle engines of not only human aspirations but also economic growth. For the first time in human history, over half of the world will live in them in the next few decades.

How we will plan or retrofit cities is far more critical than is accepted publically or exhibited in our actions thus far.
In pursuit of their economic potential we fail to recognize that cities can be crucibles of social, economic as well as environmental disasters if their evolution is not well thought out. Unless cities are treated like corporate business and made accountable to the people from their first cost to their lifecycle costs, they have the potential to become huge cash and environmental drain while being social dividers. Every successful company invests large funds in research, market analysis, customer behavior and preferences, design and innovation. Then why does this not extend to the business of creating, building and maintaining cities? Why are the real stakeholders, the people, not allowed to participate in creation of these? There is an urgent need to create cities by understanding the pace of societal change so that cities can become vehicles for greater integration of people and ideas.

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Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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