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Monday, 15 June 2020 16:06

The Square: the guilt and fragility of a comfortable urban life

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The film The Square is about more than the excesses of contemporary art. It explores the conditions on which people are able to live in cities.

The British film Bait, released in 2019, should be of interest to planners and urbanists internationally for the issues it raises about community and economic development.

Ken Loach's film, Kes, was released in 1969. What does it tell us about lifen a coalfield community - then and now?

The recent decision by Alphabet to scrap its ambitious waterfront regeneration project in Toronto is a landmark in the short history of smart cities.

The film Force Majeure focuses on the tensions within a marriage, but it also depicts the tensions between people and the natural environment.

The global pandemic raises some important questions about the links between public health and planning.

This is my third daily blog from the 10th World Urban Forum.

Can we break the glass ceiling dividing community action and government action?

After the pomp of the opening ceremony, the 10th World Urban Forum got involved in two critical issues.

What can planners in Scotland (and the rest of the UK) learn from thinking and practice in other countries?

On World Town Planning Day 2019, I was part of an event in Dundee organised by RTPI (Scotland) with the theme "Through the Years, Across the Globe". Discussion during and after prompted me to ponder Scotland's messages to an international audience of planners and urbanists.

Inside the slums and gated communities the opportunities and obstacles to sustainable and inclusive urban development can be seen.

A major study of health, education and sustainability in rapidly growing cities poses some difficult questions for public policy makers.

The passing of the Scottish Planning Bill marks the end of a tortuous period, during which it even seemed possible that the Bill might be withdrawn, so heavily had it been amended. However, the conflicts that surfaced are unlikely to go away.