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?

The Cockburn Association, Edinburgh's Civic Trust,  is seeking a new Director.

The Stern Report in 2006 seemed to signal a shift in attitudes to climate change. The article imagines a discussion between a Treasury mandarin and a businessman. Would this case convince Donald Trump or big business today?