Ten of the Best Urbanism Facebook Pages

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Want to use Facebook for more than just keeping up with your friends? Easy! Though Facebook isn’t quite a treasure trove of Twitter or Tumblr proportions for urbanism resources, there’s plenty of pages worth giving your valuable like to – including This Big City! Go on, you know you want to:

Here’s ten more of our favourites:

Tactical Urbanism

Tactical Urbanism shares examples of how small scale changes are improving cities across the globe. Or, as they put it: ‘Improving the livability of our towns and cities commonly starts at the street, block, or building scale. While larger scale efforts do have their place, incremental, small scale improvements are increasingly seen as a way to stage more substantial investments.’ The page is frequently updated with links, photos and videos. You can give them a like here:

Better Place

Is the future of the car electric? Better Place certainly believe so, and as one of my favourite sustainability-inclined organisations, I had to include them in this list. Better Place are rethinking the way we pay for electric cars, using a pricing model similar to your mobile phone contract – no need to worry about that crazy expensive electric car battery. Their Facebook page is busy with information about the company and industry, and is a great way to keep up to date with this innovative organisation. You can give them your like right here:

Plataforma Urbana

If you’re interested in urbanism from a Latin American perspective then it’s well worth Liking this highly-visual page. Plataforma Urbana predominantly shares stories from Mexico, Central and South America, though global examples of best-practice (and sometimes worst) also make their way onto this page. This one’s in Spanish though, so if you don’t habla Español, you might want to get your translate button at the ready. Sounds good? Give them a like right here:

BMW Guggenheim Lab

In the build up to the BMW Guggenheim Lab’s June arrival in Berlin, their Facebook page has been busy with links from their (pretty fantastic) blog and ‘innovative ideas for urban life’ from across the web. In the coming months this page will no doubt become an even more valuable like as the Lab’s programmes get underway in Germany. Click here to give them you like:

Open Copenhagen

Open Copenhagen is an interesting page to follow if you want to keep up with ‘Europe’s most sustainable city’. It’s also a great example of how a city can position itself on Facebook, striking the perfect balance between information and promotion. You can like them here:

WebUrbanist

Liking WebUrbanist is a total no-brainer. Pretty much all their shares come from the main WebUrbanist website, but with those shares covering ‘alternative art, dynamic design and visual culture’, you can be sure that your news feed will be a brighter place. You know how it works:

Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute aim to ‘provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide’, with their Facebook page contributing to this goal by sharing articles, photos and videos, most of which originate from outside of their organisation. You can give them a like right here:

Failed Architecture

It wouldn’t be the internet without a bit of FAIL. This page looks at ‘buildings and urban environments that are malfunctioning, displeasing, damaged and/or have failed to stand the test of time’, frequently sharing articles from their own blog and across the internet. This is a very visual page – Failed Architecture share large photo albums from site visits – so if you can’t get enough FAIL in your feed, give them your like:

Project for Public Spaces

PPS are a New York-based organisation that exist to help ‘people create and sustain public places that build communities’, with their Facebook page sharing media on this subject. In the ‘awards’ section of their page they state: ‘We believe the award system has mostly served to distance the professions from the communities they are meant to serve. Many of the spaces we have been involved in are award winning but most of the credit should go to the communities behind them’. Best. Facebook Page Awards Section. Ever:

EMBARQ

If your interest in urbanism leans towards sustainable transportation, then EMBARQ are a worthy organisation to like on Facebook. Their page shares stories from across EMBARQ’s global network, keeping you up to date with webinars, blog posts, and sustainable transportation-themed stories from elsewhere on the internet. You can get them in your feed by clicking this button:

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