In our Living Labs Global Award programme, we are working with 21 global cities to articulate some of their most pressing problems as an opening for new technologies, business and service models to offer solutions.
January 2012 - NewStart
The book questions the need for permanent uses and solutions for sites and argues that we need to increasingly look for short and medium term uses, rather than obsess about the long term.
To really fix the problem, start thinking about the conditions necessary for that problem not to exist. Think ‘create health’.
Being host to Expo 2008 accelerated the regeneration of Zaragoza, Spain’s fifth largest city. Investment in large-scale infrastructure has been combined with small interventions which have engaged local citizens. Clare Goff reports
My favourite in the Work Programme is the contradiction with the personalisation and choice agenda. Just how well does that fit with a process of random allocation and compulsion? You can choose your doctor, where you have your hospital treatment. But when it comes to which provider will help you get back into work, you will do as the computer says – however good a fit one may be to your needs.
It is heartening to note that parts of the private sector are prepared to play a role in these tough economic times.
This year’s Cities Outlook report from Centre for Cities paints a picture of growing disparities across the UK with some cities untouched by recession and cutbacks while others have seen deep-seated problems compounded. Austin Macauley talks to co-author Paul Swinney about the findings
The middle classes are better at getting what they want from local services. So if public policy is shaped by the Big Society, is there a risk that those most in need will be further disadvantaged? It could be a matter of priorities, say Peter Matthews and Annette Hastings
Business leaders in Bristol have published their vision for the city. It’s all about breaking out of short-term political cycles and taking a long-term view, John Savage tells Clare Goff
John Houghton revisits the problem of empty homes and calls for imaginative local solutions as regeneration winds down and resources dry up