The Civic City & the Nomadic World

The Civic City & the Nomadic World

I am trying to recapture the word ‘civic’ from its worthy, municipal feel and to give it a sense urgency, interest and power. The civic city notion is a clarion call to refocus and rethink our city making and to…

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The Digitized City – The book

The Digitized City – The book

This new book describes the tectonic shift unfolding where digital devices with their disruptive potential are changing cities, society and social life, connectivity, the economy and cultural life. Its impacts and influence will be as powerful as the climactic changes…

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A deeper yearning

A deeper yearning

Competitions, awards and accolades are proliferating. They act as a way of encouraging the trajectories of urban change. I have been involved in several juries and looked at over 750 proposals from across the world and they all have different…

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The City We Need

The City We Need

Too often the cities we have disappoint and there is an urgency to make dramatic changes. Too often they are ugly, too often there are sharp divisions between the rich and the poor, too often corrupting influences hold sway, too…

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The balancing act

The balancing act

Three complex dilemmas have emerged with greater force. They are the balance of power between the city and state; the evolving balance between the virtual and the real and the balance between focusing on risk aversion or on promoting creativity.…

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Networks are all the rage

Networks are all the rage

Yet can they fulfil their promise. We know we need to connect to keep in touch and know what is going on, to create opportunity or to learn from the best. The manifesto of 20 international cultural networks launched by…

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