UK Cities

London: The Supernova City

Alasdair Rae | Posted 24.06.2015 | 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 29.05.2015 | 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 21.05.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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...

A Global Deal Isn't the Only Way to Fight Climate Change

Jane Burston | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Jane Burston

The global climate change negotiations are coming to a close in Lima, Peru, and we have edged ever so slightly closer to a climate deal. In the coming days, commentators will (as usual) be divided over whether it was a success, whether negotiators did enough to prepare the ground for the next conference...

From Devon to Bristol: On Transitions, Moving and a Sense of Home

Roberta Verdant | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Until I was eighteen, I'd moved house once. I'd always lived in the same general (suburban) area. Aged eighteen, I left home for university. I've stopped counting how many times I've moved since. This is a combination of factors. I like to roam.

Living Wage Week: The Big Business Model Needs Changing

Natalie Bennett | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

To give small business a chance we need to make big business and multinationals pay their fair share of taxes and give their staff decent wages and conditions. They need to treat their suppliers decently, obey the law and not act anti-socially.

The Toys of Boomtown

Ben Barker | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

What culture will we find in the urban spaces of the future? How is meaning articulated in cities beyond the often empty rhetoric of efficiency and progress? Our team (see below) are midway through a project that looks at possible high growth towns of the future through the forms of play found there.

How to Be a Tourist In Your Home City

Mark Hodson | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

I'm lucky enough to live in London, which in my view is one of the world's most exciting cities. At the risk of coming over all Ralph McTell, I like to spend time wandering its streets - sometimes aimlessly, sometimes with purpose - and notice things.

Sao Paulo: The City of the Future?

Alex Porter | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Porter

My first night in the city was spent on the forty-second floor of the Edifício Itália, the second tallest building in the city, but the highest place in town to get a drink. Overcast as it was when we arrived, the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows was somewhat unremarkable, but as we finished our caiprinhas, the cloud began to lift and the city unfolded beneath us.

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.

Why São Paulo Is Worth the Stop

Abby Morgan | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abby Morgan

When we asked people to give us advice about going to Brazil, everyone always mentioned Rio de Janeiro. Rio this, Rio that, just go to Rio. But no one really said much about São Paulo. It seemed like people didn't really go there much. As our cab weaved through traffic in São Paulo's city center, our virgin eyeballs take in the first impressions of this rarely recommended city.

People Make Glasgow and Other Cities Should Take Note

Craig Todd | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

The Commonwealth Games being held in the city of Glasgow has not quite finished yet, but has been heralded as a "great success" due to the success of the organisation of the Games itself and the success of Scottish and other athletes.

Six Ways to Make Britain a Better Place to Do Business

Naomi Clayton | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Naomi Clayton

With the UK economy firmly in recovery, policy-makers are now shifting their attentions towards the question of whether it can be sustained over the longer term... how can policy-makers support more small businesses to reach their potential?

To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.

The Many Future Cities

Ben Barker | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

The future has a lot in store for cities. Before the end of the century planners and architects will have seen some weird briefs land on their desks as we make settlements on the moon, in digital space and roaming settlements that graze the landscape for resources.

How to Explore a Place Through its Art

Lizzie Davey | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

Art and travel, for the most part, go hand in hand. I imagine when you travel you have a fair few museums and galleries listed on your itinerary. But why are people so eager to spend their day inside an air-conditioned building looking at illusions of the world, when they could be out and about actually exploring the real world?

How Your High Street Can Be a Garden, a Promenade, and a Stage

Julian Dobson | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Julian Dobson

How can a town grow its own high street, with little or no help from outside? A century ago that would have been a strange question: every town's high street had grown more or less organically and was an expression of the industry and resources of the locality.

The Best Cities To Live In After You Graduate

The Huffington Post UK | Conrad Jarman | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

For all the final-year students around the country, graduation is now only a stone's throw away. For the last few months you've almost certainly h...

Eat America

Mike Gerrard | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

People go to the States for all kinds of reasons - to take a road trip, visit great cities like New York, see the fall colours, take the kids to Disneyland or hang out in Hollywood. It's not often that food is given as a reason for going, but because of its size and diversity, the USA is one of the best countries in which to enjoy great eating.

Creative Tech Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Shoreditch and Palo Alto for Inspiration

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

Beyond established hotspots such as the US and UK, there's a whole movement of other digital and creative hubs, from Nairobi to Recife and Jakarta to Cairo. Less obvious pools of ideas and talent: growing markets of youth consumers and the originators of new creative ideas, social innovation and cultural leadership.

India's Train Odyssey for Entrepreneurs

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

There is considerable potential for social enterprises in India to foster change, but the problem has always been for such projects to sustain themselves commercially. This is compounded by a cultural hesitation to discuss money matters...

We Must Think Cities for a Balanced Economic Recovery

Paul Swinney | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Paul Swinney

It looks increasingly likely that the UK economy has now entered into a period of sustained recovery, following the deepest peacetime recession in the last 100 years. But as the seventh edition of Cities Outlook shows, this recovery is far from balanced, and our cities need more control if they are to fulfill their potential.