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New New Towns is an international, multi-disciplinary research program organized by the International New Town Institute (INTI). The New New Towns program is dedicated to improve the urban and social quality of six exceptional New Towns in transition. These cities are experiencing fast urbanization and they face major urban planning issues.



Newsletter February 2017

> 200+ New Towns in Africa added to the INTI database!
Africa is no longer the rural continent many people think it is. On the contrary: it is the fastest urbanizing continent in the world. Chinese, Korean, Singaporean firms, American, English and Swiss designers are engaged in building New Towns. But where are the African planners and designers? And where is the first New Town that is truly inclusive, providing for the majority of the African population?
The urban population in Africa is (...)


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New Town Radio

Three weeks ago, October 19th, INTI was in Quito, Ecuador for the Habitat III conference with Jorn Konijn. We made a full day of radio, talking to architects, planners, artists, local activist and policy-makers to discus the future of living in the city around the world. You can now listen back to all the talks on ’Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee’ radio here.


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article by Tat Lam and Yeung Ho Man Legg
Shanzhai City
What Will Make Shenzhen the Next Innovative City?
Introduction to the Shenzhen paradigm shift In the mid 1990s, OMA, the architecture office led by Rem Koolhaas, published the book S,M,L,XL with the article ‘The Generic City’. They followed up a few years later with the book Great Leap Forward. Both publications describe the Pearl River Delta and Shenzhen’s (...)


Article by Michelle Provoost
The New Urban Agenda –the Perspective of New Towns
The global urbanization, which is presently taking place, is predicted to lead to 70% of the global population living in cities by 2050. This makes clear that cities will define the social, economic, cultural and ecological quality of human life in the 21th Century. It stresses the importance to redefine what our (...)


Article by Michelle Provoost
Bottom-up is not enough
In the sixth year of the global economic crisis some interesting shifts have become visible in the architecture world. The stream of great iconic buildings (designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, OMA, Foster, etc.) commissioned by commercial developers has lost momentum. Prestigious projects that were (...)


Article by Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost
A City of Comings and Goings
Scrolling through the long list of victims of Friday 13 November 2015 in Paris, we see a heart-rending portrait of a young cosmopolitan generation from very diverse backgrounds: from the banlieues to the world of international architecture. They are not only lucky students who have seen the world on fellowships or (...)


Article by Michelle Provoost
Tema Manhean
In 1952, a year after Kwame Nkrumah became the first Prime Minister of what was then the British colony of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), the decision was made to build a brandnew harbour as part of the ambitious Volta River Project. For the relocation of Tema, a small fishing village that stood in the way of the new (...)

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