UK Cities

How Connected Cities Are A Platform For Innovation

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

In the UK, we have largely built our towns and cities, so a better question might be: 'How could we enhance our cities by overlaying a digital layer?' This layer, spread over the physical, helps us to understand our cities better and create services that allow citizens to interact with the city - and each other - differently.

How Do You Rate Your Town Or City?

simon baldwin | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
simon baldwin

Business rates. You see... some of you are already nodding off! Business rates - how they are calculated, how they are billed, enforced and collected...

Britain's Future Must Speak For Both Englands - The Towns And The Cities

Lisa Nandy | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics
Lisa Nandy

Break down the result of the referendum and you will see that the growing division in England and Wales is not between North and South - or even left and right - but between towns and cities. We are increasingly a country made up of two groups of people whose shared experiences, political priorities and outlook, on the surface, are united on the surface by very little at all.

Diesel Scrappage Scheme - But What About The Subsidised Polluters?

Toby Peters | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Toby Peters

According to a recent news report, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is thinking of introducing a diesel scrappage scheme. If so, not a moment too so...

Why An Informal Global Network Is Betting The Future Is Local

Georgina Wilson-Powell | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Georgina Wilson-Powell

Imagine a future where your furnishings and clothes are made locally by artisans and makers who live on your street. Your food is grown a rooftop away...

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

HS2 To Claim Central London's Last Hedgehog Stronghold Thanks To House Of Lords Ruling

Tanya Perdikou | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Tanya Perdikou

Last year, by the light of a spring moon, I spent a night creeping the flowerbeds and secluded corners of London's Regent's Park. Until the early hour...

Funding For Urban Innovation: The Emerging UK Picture

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

As the work begins and the dust starts to settle on this year's Autumn Statement, I think we can see it as a real shot in the arm for infrastructure, R&D and innovation. These measures should see a real return in terms of productivity and growth. They should, too, help the UK keep up in telecomms developments. And they present a great opportunity to push even harder on urban innovation, so our companies can continue to develop and sell world-beating products and services that help cities thrive.

Cities Are Pointing The Way To A Post-GDP World

Henrietta Moore | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Henrietta Moore

For generations, governments across the world have regarded economic growth as the primary driver of better living standards for their people.

Why Remaking the Street Is Essential in Post-Brexit World

John O'Reilly | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
John O'Reilly

(Re/Making the Street at The Building Centre. Photo Juliana Vasquez) Exhibition highlights the ways in which street design are essential to better bu...

Countering Violent Extremism in Cameroon's Far North

Daniel Hooton | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Daniel Hooton

Once the heart of Cameroon's economic growth and bustling with tourism, the Far North region is now a key frontier in the struggle to contain and counter the threat of Boko Haram. But in spite of the extreme destruction wrought upon local communities and infrastructure, and amidst an ongoing armed conflict, the region stands not only to benefit from outside CVE (countering violent extremism) support but, moreover, has lessons of its own to share.

Open Up Your Data to Open Up Our Cities

Ken Shuttleworth | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Ken Shuttleworth

Every day, millions of people across the world turn to technology to help them plan a journey - whether they need to figure out the quickest way to ge...

Poisoning, Unexpected Nomadism and Just Keeping Right on Walking

Roberta Verdant | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I spent a year living in Bristol. Bristol was my move back into a city after a couple of years in Devon. I found Devon spectacularly beautiful. I ran workshops, swam in rivers, took acting classes. Finally, I left. Didn't look back.

The Future of Open Workspaces in London

Araceli Camargo | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

Currently, London is facing highly complex socio-economic challenges; a shortage of affordable housing for vulnerable people and students, a slowdown of social mobility due to inflation and high university fees, and a brain drain due to rising living costs.

Achieving Low Carbon Cities Means Supporting New Technologies

Jane Burston | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jane Burston

The world population is set to explode, from 7.3 billion today to around 9.7 billion in 2050, with two thirds of those living in cities. As urban areas grow, emissions will grow along with them: between 67 and 76 per cent of global energy consumption takes place in urban areas, consumption that accounts for a huge amount of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Cities of the Future Need to Be Age Friendly

Anna Dixon | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Politics
Anna Dixon

As the debate intensifies in the London Mayoral elections, are the candidates committed to creating cities that are fit for our ageing population?

Future Visions of Johannesburg: How Creative Technology Is Changing the City's Identity

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

The residencies are based in the dynamic area of Braamfontein, a hub for art, music and good food. Earlier that day I'd taken part in a 'market hack' just behind Neighbourgoods Market, with street stalls, demonstrations and activities for public audiences to try cutting-edge, creative electronic and design tools.

And The Best City To Live In Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A global survey has revealed the most liveable cities in the world and no UK cities featured in the top five. *Sighs* The Global Liveability Rankin...

The UK's Most Affordable Student Cities Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Lovett | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Belfast has been revealed as the most affordable city for students to live and study in, followed closely by Nottingham and Southampton, as shown by a...

London: The Supernova City

Alasdair Rae | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Tech
Alasdair Rae

These images are based on commuting data released earlier this year by the Office for National Statistics and show the commuting links between different cities in London and the south east. The point here is that, seen in this way, London is very much the 'mega city' depicted by the late urbanist Sir Peter Hall in his study of urban mega city regions of Europe.

Is Our Health at Risk: Ten Tips for Designing Healthier Cities

Rachel Cooper | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK
Rachel Cooper

Helene Joffe, Professor of Psychology at UCL, has found that most people's aspirations for living in cities are for friendlier places, with more space and the ability to travel. Generally, we want to be able to travel to see friends and family, we want conviviality, good health, safety, and employment.

The Northern Powerhouse: Why It's the Real Deal

Paul Worthington | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Worthington

It is easy to be cynical about the Northern Powerhouse. Critics have already labelled it as tokenism, or an afterthought from the Conservative Party to appease concerns that it does not think beyond its traditional strongholds. But it is more than that. Furthermore, criticising the vision before it has even got off the ground is actually counter-productive in the long run.

The 25 Best Cities For Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

New York has been named the best city for young people in 2015, followed by London and Berlin, according to the Youthful Cities index. San Francisc...

These Are The Most And Least Expensive Cities In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest World Cost Of Living Survey has revealed the cheapest and most expensive cities to live in. In what econom...

These Are The 7 Most Intelligent Cities In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A list of the seven most intelligent cities in the world has been revealed - and its (previously unsung) winners come as a pleasant surprise. The I...