Between Blandness & beauty

Between Blandness & beauty

The cultural dimension is the invisible hand of city-making, the core through which ultimately all of our decision-making flows. If a city’s culture is open-minded, potential grows. If it’s closed-minded, it shrinks or nothing happens. But culture is mostly not…

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The connector

The connector

Successful places have many connectors, who might be organizations or individuals. These connectors and facilitators stand above the nitty gritty of the day to day, important as this is, and look at ‘what really matters’ and where opportunities lie. By…

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The digitized city

The digitized city

How will we experience, navigate and understand the digitized, sensorized city whose deeper impacts are yet to unfold as the power of big data emerges with greater force. Disruptive user-driven business models supplying a constant cascade of information have changed…

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The PUBLIC Symposium:

The PUBLIC Symposium:

International change makers & their transformative ideas There is a deep yearning for shared experiences and shared conversation as well as desire for projects, places and platforms where such encounters can unfold. It focuses our attention on the great virtues…

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Emerging themes April 2015

Emerging themes April 2015

A shift is happening and it could be significant. Three issues jump into the foreground and they are linked to three words: ‘human’, ‘public’ and ‘start-up’. There is the Human Cities project led by St. Etienne, involving 12 places across…

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Cities of Ambition

Cities of Ambition

A collaboration with the Knight Foundation Miami and published in June 2015. Why do some cities punch above their weight? How do they avoid being drained of talent and being caught up in the vortex effect of major hubs like…

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