Category Archives: Cities

Creativity – a neglected resource in cities?

I recently was recently invited to give a presentation on developing sustainable communities in an age of austerity as part of the RegenWebinars. My main focus point for the presentation was creativity and how creativity, if uncovered and harnessed can … Continue reading

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Friction and serendipity boosting.

I have just spent an excellent evening with a group of Berlin-based facilitators (bound together by their work with http://citizensforeurope.org/), academics and activists who are visiting Malmö and Copenhagen to look at social innovation, civic engagement and participatory processes. A … Continue reading

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Mapping – for the future of communities.

What can maps do for communities? This seemed to be the underlying question from yesterday’s LivingBridgesPlanet discussion on Mapping for the Future. One point that seemed important for me from early on in our discussion was that while maps and … Continue reading

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Shrinking cities workshop at the URBACT conference.

Shrinking cities seem to be happening everywhere, especially in the wake of the recession with the American industrial city of Detroit as one of the most dramatic examples of a city which decreases in size. At the URBACT conference in … Continue reading

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Is Localism the Silver Bullet?

The theme for this year’s CLES summit (full disclosure: I am a board member at CLES – the Centre for Local Economic Strategies in Manchester) was Localism – picking up on a very current trend from localism act over local … Continue reading

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A tale of two cities pursuing the European Capital of Culture title.

Earlier this week, two Danish cities submitted their applications to become European Capital of Culture in 2017. The decision on the winner will take place in August this year but what are in the bids? The central theme of the … Continue reading

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World Architecture Festival

Later this year (3-5 October) the World Architecture Festival (WAF) will take place in Singapore. The director of the festival, Paul Finch, has just visited Copenhagen to promote the festival to Danish architects and also to encourage them to submit … Continue reading

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Key Takeaways from the Urban Gardening Growthshop

Yesterday approximately 100 people attended the Urban Garden Growthshop in Aarhus to green the city. Alongside the planting activism the organisers, Center for Urban Kunst, had put together an interesting seminar. The seminar speakers included both academics and practitioners from … Continue reading

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What is creativity and why is it crucial to cities?

On Saturday, 5 May, I will be giving a talk about the importance of creativity in cities at the Urban Gardening event in Aarhus. This is a key issue for me and for Centre for Cities and Creativity. In a … Continue reading

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Key takeaways from the first Gaming Forum in Athens.

Yesterday I had the pleasure to participate in the first Gaming Forum in Athens through an invitation from British Council in Greece. The event was hosted at The Hub in Athens, a great space for this type of event which … Continue reading

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