Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:24

2004 - The New Urban Agenda anticipated

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Following the World Urban Forum in Barcelona in 2004, I was invited to write a short article for the UN-Habitat publication Habitat Debate. Many of the themes I introduced have now been taken forward in the International Guidelines for Urban and Territorial Planning (2015) and in the New Urban Agenda (2016).

At the recent Innovation Circle Network conference I spoke about China's One Belt One Road vision. This blog sketches and comments on this ambitious transnational project.

The EU has rightly made the issue of Ireland a central element of the Brexit negotiations. What might be the territorial  impact of creating an external border between Ireland and Northern Ireland?

Sunday, 08 October 2017 14:48

Re-inventing Planning - World Urban Forum 2006

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The 2006 World Urban Forum was a significant step on the road to creating a New Urban Agenda. Here is my first hand account from July 2006 of how we went about re-inventing planning.

 A new study looks at what the Dutch have been doing to revitalise the centres of medium-sized towns.

Might plans for a make-over for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens lead to a partial privatisation of an iconic public space?

A major project to compare urban practices in 14 cities will be led by a team based in Glasgow University in Scotland.

The planned reform of the planning system in Scotland will end in tears.

A new film reflects on Stockholm's modernist architecture and public spaces, showing how experiencing places can contribute to wellbeing.

Monday, 15 May 2017 15:39

A high rise future?

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My article in January 2000 looked back and gazed into the future. How well did I do in anticipating change in British cities, planning and higher education?