The new wave in social media communication is quickly creating a method for discussing topics relating to urban planning, architecture, and community development. The social media site Twitter is leading the charge in this evolution by creating a way for people from around the world to gather in one centralized location to discuss and solve various community problems.
To take advantage of twitter, persons simply need to set up a free account, learn how to use twitter, and start following people like friends, relatives, and colleagues. Once you’ve done these things, all that remains is to find a chat, follow the chat rules, learn how to use the chat tools, and participate in the chat.
Here are some popular urban planning twitter #chats to help you get started.
1. #builtheritage (1st Wednesday each month)
Topic: Historic preservation in planning
2. #UrbanChat (Wednesday 2pm EST, 7pm BST, 8pm CEST)
Host: Urban Times
Topics: Discussions about city comfort – design, safety, sustainability
3. #cmgrchat (2pm EST Wednesday)
Host: Community Managers
Topics: Community building, urban design and case studies
Topics: City and regional urban planning issues
Host: Joe Peach, Co-Founder of “This Big City”
Topics: Discussions relating to issues and trends affecting cities around the world
Hosts: Professionals in architecture, engineering, and construction
Topics: Urban planning and design
7. #landscapechat (2pm EST Wednesday)
Topics: Urban design, architecture, and landscape design
Hosts: An online community of architects and planners
Topics: Discussions relating to life and the practice
9. #EcoWed (Wednesdays, 7-8pm PST)
Hosts: Various green building companies and organizations
Topics: Discussions about living more sustainable and non-toxic lives
Host: A coalition of national housing, welfare, and community organizations
Topics: Issues relating to affordable housing in Australia
Which twitter chats do you think you will follow?
Credits: Image and data linked to sources.