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Submitted by Kerri Farnsworth on

There is a growing trend for what is being termed 'slow urbanism' (as in 'slow food') in Europe in recognition of the need for more manageable, sensitive and responsive city evolution. Some very forward-thinking cities, such as Antwerp in Belgium, had adopted this approach several years ago. The current economic crisis, and the stark reality of long-term economic restructuring & capital budget constraints, had made more & more cities re-think their policy and practice, as has the persistence of social divergence and exclusion. In the UK there is also some interesting work emerging on some of the less-considered aspects of cities, ones that as Horowitz book points out, have been overlooked in the rubbish for macro-approaches. For example Victoria Henshaw's work on smell and its considerable influence on historical development, mental maps & patterns of activity in urban areas (see blog at http://smellandthecity.wordpress.com/about/).