Urbanista.org is a new webzine, currently in BETA version, of critical perspectives on contemporary urban design responding to social, cultural, political and economic patterns globally. Founded by Lucy Bullivant and designed by &&&, we have exciting initiatives planned for the near future. We want your feedback on our content, so let us know what you think.

We are also looking for first rate writers who have strong, incisive stories to tell about today's urban design across the world. So we can evaluate your proposal, please contact us with your bio and a 500 word sample synopsis. At the same time, your information on new projects and initiatives is vital to the success of this new cultural project. If you think your activity is relevant to the themes of Urbanista.org, please send your press releases and publicity images, captions + credits. Contact us at info@urbanista.org. You can receive our regular updates by signing up for the Urbanista.org newsletter.
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About Urbanista.org

Lucy Bullivant, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Urbanista.org, © Torsten Neeland.

Lucy Bullivant, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Urbanista.org, © Torsten Neeland.

Urbanista.org is a webzine of critical perspectives on contemporary urban design and its responses to social, cultural, political and economic forces globally – liveable urbanism. A lot of good stories about aspects of these issues get overlooked or remain untold. Urbanista.org’s incisive global radar unfolds narratives and critically analyses contestatory realities.

Why Urbanista? is Urbanista.org’s inaugural issue; Local-Eyes! is the follow up issue, and a third one is currently in the works.

Cinema Moderno closed for business, Campo Santa Margherita, Venice, June 2014 © Lucy Bullivant.

Cinema Moderno closed for business, Campo Santa Margherita, Venice, June 2014 © Lucy Bullivant.

Urbanista.org has been founded by Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA. It is a unique cultural media platform dedicated to urban design and adaptive planning in an era of inexorable challenges faced by cities globally. It is not interested in ‘the new’ for the sake of it, and reserves the right to cut a necessarily broad swathe through topics, while retaining a deep focus on relationships beyond silo thinking with agency to make a difference now and in the future. Urbanista.org’s thinking about design and technology is hybrid and closely related to social issues.

North bank of the River Thames including St Paul's Cathedral, seen from the top floor at Tate Modern, © Lucy Bullivant

North bank of the River Thames including St Paul’s Cathedral, seen from the top floor at Tate Modern, © Lucy Bullivant

Rio's Porto Maravilha redevelopment, 2013, © Lucy Bullivant.

Rio’s Porto Maravilha redevelopment, 2013, © Lucy Bullivant.

Urbanista.org also curates and stages talks, roundtables, seminars and exhibitions internationally, collaborating with notable partners including Limewharf, the futures gallery in London E2 and the Urban Design Group (UK).

Urbanista.org has been designed by &&&, London, a design agency reclaiming graphic design in the purest form as a powerful tool to intuitively communicate across all platforms. It is presented in Beta format in this initial phase, and feedback responding to the webzine and the project is welcomed.

Rio's Porto Maravilha area has suffered for decades from lack of regeneration, © Lucy Bullivant.

Rio’s Porto Maravilha area has suffered for decades from lack of regeneration, © Lucy Bullivant.

Urbanista.org invites contributions from suitably qualified specialist writers based around the world. If you have an idea for a feature you would like to discuss, please contact us at info@urbanista.org with a 300 word outline of what you have in mind and a 300 word bio.

To subscribe to the Urbanista.org e-newsletter announcing our forthcoming issues and our events in alliance with the Recode Gallery at LimeWharf, London E2, please register below.

Urbanista.org issues 1 and 2 and their associated events were realised with the kind support of Dargan Bullivant, Thomas Ermacora, the Alfred Herrhausen Society, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Urban Design Group.

Architecture students from Syracuse University in the East Village marketing suite, Stratford, © Lucy Bullivant.

Architecture students from Syracuse University in the East Village marketing suite, Stratford, © Lucy Bullivant.

Cradle to Grave: Berlin's Social Media Week 2013 spells it out, © Lucy Bullivant.

Cradle to Grave: Berlin’s Social Media Week 2013 spells it out, © Lucy Bullivant.

“It is wonderful that there is a website like Urbanista.org that focusses on current topics about urbanism on so many different levels. Questions concerning the future of the city, sustainability in cities, geographical, political and social changes are of course issues that all architects and planners need to keep abreast of and it is particularly interesting to see the attention that is given on Urbanista.org to conferences and news about the latest urban topics, with in depth analysis by Lucy Bullivant. It will no doubt create excellent spin-off for further discussions within the field as attention for the platform grows”.

Ben van Berkel, Co-Founder and Principal Architect, UNStudio.

Lucy Bullivant 

Lucy Bullivant PhD Hon FRIBA is an architecture curator, critic, author, guest lecturer and consultant based in London who investigates and evaluates innovative synergies in contemporary architecture and urban design between theory and practice across cultures. She is Adjunct Professor, history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University in London, and works internationally with leading museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, publishers, corporate and non-profit bodies. Her most recent book Masterplanning Futures (Routledge) won the Book of the Year Awards at the Urban Design Group Awards in Feb 2014, and her next book, Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures, with Thomas Ermacora, was published by Routledge in 2015. 4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Tool Kit for the Open-Source City (AD), guest-edited by Lucy, was published in Jan 2017.

A cultural historian with a PhD in adaptive planning history and theory from the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University and a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art, London, Lucy began her professional activities working as an art curator and director of open art exhibitions, and in the early 1990s became Heinz Curator of Architectural Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

She is a Member of the Steering Committee of the Institute pour la Ville en Mouvement PGA Peugeot Citroën, Paris, and of the Comité Technique of the FRAC architecture centre, Orléans. She is a judge for the ADM magazine’s ArchMarathon, Milan, 2016 (and 2014), and a nominator for architecture and urban design for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year. In 2013 she was Chair of the judging panel for the LEAF Awards for architecture (and a judge for the event in 2011 and 2012), and from 2012-13 a member of the Quality Review Panel of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). She was the curator and host of the Talking Architecture series at the V&A, London, 2010 onwards, in which she engaged prominent architects in conversation, including Renzo PianoKen YeangAlejandro Zaera-PoloDavid AdjayeMichel Mossessian and Carmody Groarke.

Lucy curated the Urbanista.org/Recode Gallery talks series at LimeWharf futures gallery, London E2, staged from February 2013-May 2014, which has featured talks by architects including Alisa Andrasek/BiothingAlessandra Cianchetta/AWPTom Holbrook/5th StudioEleanor Fawcett (Head of Design, LLDC), Graeme Sutherland, Adams & SutherlandNico Macdonald, consultant on innovation and creativity, Simon Brown, &&&, the graphic design agency responsible for designing Urbanista.org; Mitchell Joachim, Terreform and Paul Smyth, FARM: shopRebooting the Masterplan was staged in March (venue: Limewharf) and May 2014 (venue: The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street).

Lucy regularly lectures internationally, and has since 2012 has made presentations to audiences at ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory‘s second conference, Territorial Encounters‘Sapienza’ Università di Roma’s Faculty of ArchitectureTHNK Institute for Creative Leadership, Amsterdam – invited by the leading Dutch architectural practice UN Studio for their conference on Scale, the Architectural Association and South Bank University, London, with lectures on Masterplanning Futures in 2013 at the AIA New York Center for ArchitectureNYU Gallatin, NYC and University of Houston’s College of ArchitectureCooper UnionNYIT‘s Manhattan campus and at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2013, Barcelona, 19-21 November (Fira Barcelona).

She has recently curated Remake – We Make, a thematic pavilion for the Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Shenzhen (Dec 2015-Feb 2016) and Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design, for Roca London Gallery, and Live Work Play, an exhibition about the work of 26 leading architectural practices in Hampshire, UK (June- July 2014). Her autumn 2014 lectures included a dinner debate hosted by London Urban Tours and the Bow Arts Trust at the Balfron Tower (architect Erno Goldfinger), east London (Sept)and at Syracuse University, NY (Oct). In 2015 she lectured at Syracuse University’s London branch and moderated at Mediacity: reflecting on social smart cities international conference, University of Plymouth (May); gave a talk at the AA XX 100 AD Women in Architecture conference, Architectural Association (Nov), and moderated a panel on the Maker Age and Global Urban Development at the Recode the City symposium, LimeWharf (Sept). She gave a keynote lecture at the World Cultural Cities symposium, Shanghai, 20-21 Oct 2016.

To invite Lucy to give a lecture or moderate a panel, please contact info@urbanista.org.

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