Abandoned cities and temporary settlements – we need to reimagine our urban future

We all know that our era is an urban one. By 2050, 70 % of the global population is expected to live in cities.  Over 1 million people move into urban areas every week.  The draw of economic and social opportunity makes many cities magnetic for firms, talent and culture. So much of our thinking … Continue reading Abandoned cities and temporary settlements – we need to reimagine our urban future

Urban Psychology – are you in tune with your city?

In June 2019 there was an Urban Psychology Summit in London.  It was an exploratory event hosted by the Heseltine Institute at the University of Liverpool and organised by Chris Murray and Charles Landry. Chris Murray quotes Jan Gehl  ‘we know more about what makes a good habitat for mountain gorillas than we do about living in … Continue reading Urban Psychology – are you in tune with your city?

The power of bridging

Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh from Pexels No matter what you do or where you are, you are going to be in a space and place that is bounded. There are special people that connect and bridge. They are not accorded status at the moment. They don’t exist as ‘thing’.  There is no degree in … Continue reading The power of bridging

The future of the high street

Like many around the world,  my local high street is apparently in trouble. A pub has just closed. A well-known café has gone out of business. There are vacant shops.  We know retail is under threat. My high street needs a burst of community spirit and creativity to make us care again about our local … Continue reading The future of the high street

What can ‘secondary cities’ learn from the Amazon ‘beauty contest’?

When Amazon announced that it was inviting cities to bid for its second headquarters (HQ2) in the US it released criteria to guide city bids. Amazon’s criteria included being a city/metro area of more than 1 million people, with a stable business environment, attractive to technical talent, excellent universities, near an international airport, with direct … Continue reading What can ‘secondary cities’ learn from the Amazon ‘beauty contest’?

The Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Berlin, 2018

When you mention the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ people laugh and say ‘isn’t that an oxymoron?’. But Sebastian Turner, publisher of Tagesspiegel, Berlin’s leading daily paper, found the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ inspiring when he first heard it from Charles Landry. It crystallised something he’d been thinking about. Why did his paper ‘listen’ to everyone except government … Continue reading The Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Berlin, 2018

Predictions for the City of the Future

By Correy Faccini for Innovate UK  Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find & drive the science & technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. I am happy to host a guest post on Cities of the Future for Innovate UK. Please check out the Innovate UK Future Cities … Continue reading Predictions for the City of the Future

Why SA is the place for the bike economy

Last year I did a report for the Department of State Development on the SA Bike Economy. The report was released last week. The Government has announced that  a bike economy summit will be held later in the year. A link to the report is at the end of this post.  Like many cities Adelaide … Continue reading Why SA is the place for the bike economy

Future Cities: Eliminating Crunch Points

‘Crunch points’ are interruptions to flow. They make us stop short of our goal. It’s the whirling colour wheel on your MacBook. The train that stops short of a destination. Complicated arrangements for tickets. Machines that don’t accept your cash or card. It’s being put on hold. Needing to change terminals. Waiting to cross the … Continue reading Future Cities: Eliminating Crunch Points