Artwork of the Week 43

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43Salisbury By Fernando Charles.
The image is an abstract depiction of Salisbury. It shows very few building structures in the city. However, since independence, Salisbury now Harare has developed into a much bigger city with new housing projects, new shops and much bigger businesses headquartered in Harare.

43Salisbury By Fernando Charles.
The image is an abstract depiction of Salisbury. It shows very few building structures in the city. However, since independence, Salisbury now Harare has developed into a much bigger city with new housing projects, new shops and much bigger businesses headquartered in Harare.
This week we celebrate the World cities day. Only in its second year, this important day marks the end of Urban October. This is when, for one month, there is a dedication to raising awareness and promoting the idea of engagement in the international community towards a New Urban Agenda.
The aim of World Cities Day is to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation, encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges in urbanisation towards sustainable urban development. The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, while each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization. This year’s celebrations are running under the theme Inclusive Cities, Shared Development.
Today’s cities face increasing challenges due to increased populations migrating to the cities and poor planning in the cities. This has led to an overwhelming demand in electricity, water, refuse collection, transportation and infrastructure.
Cities provide exciting opportunities for growth and revitalization. The key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous urban environments can help make our cities safer, cleaner, and more equal and integrative.
Planned urbanization maximizes the capacity of cities to generate employment and wealth, and to foster diversity and social cohesion between different classes, cultures, ethnicities and religions. Cities designed to live together create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.