Towards a New Vocabulary
Do you live in a city?
Have you ever experienced POLLUTION or OVERCROWDING? Do you know what SUSTAINABILITY or CIRCULAR ECONOMY mean? Perhaps there are many VACANT BUILDINGS in your city or it is DEINDUSTRIALIZING? 

In the coming years we - citizens together with experts, governments and NGOs will have to find answers to many urban challenges, such as those above, but to find solutions we first need to understand the problems. Terms used to represent them are not always well understood, especially across disciplines.

That's why Amateur Cities and New Generations decided to build a New Vocabulary of Terms, but we cannot do it alone. We therefore invite YOU to submit 4 terms related to current urban challenges that you think we should understand better.
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What's your first name? *

We are Ania Molenda, Cristina Ampatzidou (Amateur Cities) and Gianpiero Venturini (New Generations).
 
And your last name... *

 
What's your profession? *

Are you a scientist, designer, florist, lawyer, community worker or a doctor? Tell us what is your primary occupation.
 
We collect the terms in relation to four topics:
1. New Ecologies: on the relationship between city and nature,
2. Urban Assets: on built environment and infrastructure,
3. Digital Toolkit: on technology's influence on cities and society,
4. New Collective: on social relationships and collective living.

Each of the following questions will relate to one of them.


You can submit either terms that you like and use a lot, but also ones that annoy you, or simply those you hear people say, but you still don’t really know what they mean.
 
Which term referring to New Ecologies: on the relationship between city and nature should we include in our vocabulary? *

In the wake of the environmental crisis we look for new ways to protect biodiversity in and outside of cities. Looking for new possibilities for nature and cities to coexist we have already found: biodegradable materials, new ways of remediation, renewable energy or urban farming. But at the same time, progressing human interference with natural processes we seems to make us lose faith in the very existence of nature proclaiming our time as anthropocene or capitalocene.

*If you really cannot think of a related term, fill in '-' and go to the next question, you can always scroll back!
 
How would you describe {{answer_20977965}}? *


 
Which term referring to Urban Assets: on city’s built environment and infrastructure should we include in our vocabulary? *

Urban assets are the hardware of the city: houses, offices, shops, cinemas, roads, bridges, embarkments and all other physical structures that build it. While European cities shrink and suffer from abundance of vacant buildings, in other parts of the globe there is shortage of housing and infrastructure. Regardless of location the availability and management of urban resources including buildings, public space, infrastructure and land poses many challenges that are yet to be addressed.

*If you really cannot think of a related term, fill in '-' and go to the next question, you can always scroll back!
 
How would you describe{{answer_20978191}} ? *


 
Which terms referring to Digital Toolkit: on technology's influence on cities should we include in our vocabulary? *

New technologies and media relate to digital governance, e-learning, information, automation, hacking, artificial intelligence algorithms and the way we spend free time. To understand their impact we need to take a closer look at the growing hybridisation of urban space and the digital media and their effect on mobility, information access, data management, empowerment, privacy and surveillance.

*If you really cannot think of a related term, fill in '-' and go to the next question, you can always scroll back!
 
How would you describe{{answer_20978220}} ? *


 
Which terms referring to New Collective: on changing social relationships and collective living should we include in our vocabulary? *

Cities not only become denser, but also more multicultural and more complex. Bigger agglomerations provide bigger opportunities, but at the same time alienation, exclusion and isolation remain in striking contrast to the emerging sentiment for community, new forms of cooperation, communication and their potential to change the traditional way of shaping our cities.

*If you really cannot think of a related term, fill in '-' and go to the next question, you can always scroll back!
 
How would you describe {{answer_20978354}} ? *


 
Are any of the terms you mentioned typically used by {{answer_21324502}}s?


Just to remind you, the words were: {{answer_20977965}}, {{answer_20978191}}, {{answer_20978220}}, {{answer_20978354}}.

Please fill the tem(s) below. If using more than one please separate them with commas. If not applicable please leave the answer blank and scroll down to the next question.
 
Tell us shortly why do you think we should include {{answer_20977965}}, {{answer_20978191}}, {{answer_20978220}} and {{answer_20978354}}i  The New Vocabulary of Terms.

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