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By Maarten Hajer

In addition to the scientific resources available in the "Food for thought" section, the Positive Future team offers scientific events, webinars, and online conferences to help participants in the contest.It's a challenge to say what the city of tomorrow will be like, given the challenges, ruptures and progress of this century, which will lead to radical changes. To say how we dream it in a probable future, how to dream of achievable utopias, is a poetic exercise that takes us into an achievable ideals.

The current ecological crisis will transform the face and fate of cities, Neighbourhoods for the Future is based on the conviction that we should rethink cities from the ambit of the neighbourhood. It revisits the neighbourhood as the designated scale and arena to build our urban futures. The neighbourhood is small enough to be tangible, yet big enough to make a difference. In order for neighbourhoods to really work, residents need to be engaged and the tactics should be embedded within a wider social policy, if we want thriving cities.

By introducing the concepts of neighbourhood arrangements and ecologies, based on examples in Europe and North America, this book provides a new perspective on the relation between participants, resources, and rules, to spark change and prepare urbanites and policymakers for realizing their own sustainable neighbourhoods for the future.

Maarten Hajer is distinguished professor of Urban Futures at Utrecht University. Previously he was the Dutch Cabinet's advisor on spatial planning as Director-General of PBL – the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. His most recent book is Neighbourhoods for the Future – a Plea for a Social and Ecological Urbanism_, written with Peter Pelzer, Martijn van den Hurk, Chris ten Dam and Edwin Buitelaar (Trancity/Valiz, 2020).