Approaches to enouraging people to walk in their neighbourhoods are failing to inspire people, argues WARG, the Walking Around Research Group (fb), which formed out of a project we undertook in early 2017, funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Over the … Continue reading Walking a different path: An alternative approach to neighbourhood walking
Public Transport in British Cities is dominated by the single-entrance double deck bus operated by private companies who have almost complete autonomy to set fares, routes and stopping places. British Cities typically have less in the way of fixed transit systems than comparable European (or sometimes even North American) cities, and city Transport Authorities have little control over the way their bus networks operate (although the Bus Services Bill going through Parliament at the moment may change this) On 13 June 2016, drivers at the local bus operator in Leeds, First Leeds, went out on strike. First Leeds is the … Continue reading Adventures in the Busless City
(minor edit: 25 May 2016 on FoI (Question 2), with thanks to the New Economics Foundation’s post) On 24 March, just before the Easter weekend, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) released a consultation document on the future … Continue reading Land Registry Operations: Why privatisation matters
The year 2015 ended with a series of storms causing unprecedented flooding in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West and North Yorkshire. Bridges were washed away and thousands of buildings flooded, with the UK winter storms causing damage estimated to be … Continue reading Flood risk and cities
I’ve been developing my new manifesto for Sustainable Places and Movement, aka the Spamifesto (scroll down for a summary). In the first draft, there are 5 key points, which relate to my mission to reconnect place and movement, moving away … Continue reading Spamifesto hits the city, but why?
Apologies for the lack of posts on here recently. After Ecobuild, I’d intended to write a report of the various interesting things I saw and heard about, but this is taking somewhat longer than expected to put together, and is now hopefully going to be in video form. I also have a number of reports in progress, namely: Retail-led regeneration in Bracknell, which is waiting on more information being published on sustainability strategy for the redevelopment Bus Rapid Transit in Birmingham, which is waiting on the Transport Authority to get back to me with answers to my questions and someone … Continue reading All quiet?
In this final part of the series looking at the Future Cities Conference hosted by Leeds Social Sciences Institute, we will cover the University of Leeds research showcased iBuild: Infrastructure Business Models, Valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery iBuild attempts … Continue reading Future Cities – Part 4: Research at the University of Leeds
This is the third of what will hopefully be 4 posts on last week’s Future Cities conference at Leeds Social Sciences Institute. Today, I will be discussing Tom Riordan’s talk on “The Challenges and Opportunities for the City of Leeds” … Continue reading Future Cities – Part 3: The role of the City Authority
The previous post introduced the Future Cities conference held by Leeds Social Sciences Institute on 4 February. There is a lot to say about the day, which will be dealt here in separate posts – there are more concise notes … Continue reading Future Cities – Part 2: Living in the future city
On 4 February, The Leeds Social Sciences Institute at the University of Leeds hosted its “Future Cities” conference, bringing together a lot of the research being done on the idea of the Future City from around the University.
The programme covered a lot of ground in terms of projects and approaches, so I will be posting in several parts in order to try and do it justice.
The day began with Prof David Hogg, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, who made the point that the research theme being showcased, “Cities, Sustainable Societies & Resilient Infrastructure” is cross-cutting and has representation across all the Faculties of the University.
Alan introduced the UK Government’s Foresight Project “The Future of Cities“, which attempts to put together an evidence base for supporting decisions which will lead to a positive outcome for cities in the long term.