A message from URBAN EARTH
Just a few hours now until it is Saturday in the Pacific and URBAN TWEET DAY begins. We've got a Tweet Day Tracker on the Ning.. all we need now is lots of people to tweet about their urban experiences on Saturday including #utday in each tweet. If you know anyone with an interest in things urban.. please pass on this message!
Twitter name: urbanearth
The LRM are on twitter - name (surprise) thelrm although (confusingly) our twitters about The Bench project can be found at spaceplace09
If you havent come across Urban Earth yet they are awesome. I've taken this directly from their website http://www.urbanearth.co.uk/ Information about their visit to Manchester is here http://www.urbanearth.co.uk/manchester/
URBAN EARTH is a project to (re)present our habitat by walking across some of Earth's biggest urban areas.
Central to URBAN EARTH is (re)presenting cities to show what they are really like for the people who live there - a direct challenge to the media that distort the reality of the places in which most of us now live.
The people who come on URBAN EARTH walks capture whatever interests them - places of play, dogs, sounds of fear, pavement rubbings - but contextualised by a route that reveals levels of spatial inequality and deprivation. Each walk includes taking thousands of unbiased photographs that are used to create the URBAN EARTH films. Presenting a rare insight into our increasingly urban lives the films give an alternative take on urban life.
A short documentary about the project will be launched in the next few weeks by SUSO. To follow the adventure visit the URBAN EARTH blog. If you want to collaborate with URBAN EARTH by doing a walk join our Ning. Anyone can join an URBAN EARTH walk...
“In 2008, the world reaches an invisible but momentous milestone: For the first time in history, more than half its human population, 3.3 billion people, will be living in urban areas. By 2030, this is expected to swell to almost 5 billion. Many of the new urbanites will be poor. Their future, the future of cities in developing countries, the future of humanity itself, all depend very much on decisions made now in preparation for this growth.” STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION REPORT 2007