UK Cities

Tech-Savvy Cities

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

Digital technologies will shape how city administrations interact with citizens, how they deliver services, and how they enable new companies to grow. City leaders I talk to know that this digital future is upon us. But most are still not investing enough in the people and facilities they need to harness these technologies.

Time For A Digital Overhaul Of The Planning System?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

In many ways the planning system has done a good job: trying to balance competing demands for scarce resources and mediating between economic forces and the views of local communities. And, over the years, it has proved remarkably resilient.

Light And Space

Araceli Camargo | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

Light has become a unique point of interest within the built environment on three fronts; sustainability, mental health, and cost. It is the element t...

Sustainable Cities

Tehreem Husain | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Tehreem Husain

Cities are the hotbeds of culture, ideas, commerce, science and social development. The UN has estimated that half of humanity-almost 3.5 million peop...

How Tech Is Reigniting The Golden Years For Our Ageing Populations

Andreas Schierenbeck | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Andreas Schierenbeck

In 2016, the global population was estimated to be 7.4 billion; a figure that the United Nations believes will increase to 11.2 billion by the year 2100. Today, one in eight of those 7.4 billion people are over the age of 60. This number is expected to increase as our overall quality of life continues to improve and we all live longer - with life expectancy even breaking the 90 barrier as soon as 2030, according to Imperial College London and the World Health Organization.

The UK Industrial Strategy: Growing The Sectors Of Tomorrow?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

In January this year, the government launched a consultation on its new Industrial Strategy. This envisages our economic future as one backed by science and based on cutting-edge innovation, aims to build on excellence and also to spread growth across the UK through more focus on 'place'.

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 23.07.2017 | 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 15.07.2017 | 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 13.05.2017 | 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 29.04.2017 | 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 13.04.2017 | 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...