Monthly Archives: January 2013

Gentrification in Berlin: When “class” becomes a dirty word

by Ares Kalandides A funny story – and photo – hit the news some days ago: Käthe Kollwitz’s statue in Berlin covered with “Spätzle” – a particular type of noodles, a local speciality from the Swabia area in Germany. There … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Creating a New Economy for the Poor, Starting With Women in the Third World

“The laboratory for Yunus’s innovative approaches to reducing impoverishment is his native country of Bangladash. From microcredit lending, Yunus has moved onto creating social businesses that improve the health and welfare of the poor, while providing employment and investment opportunities. This … Continue reading

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Urban Explorations: Covered Passages in Paris

by Markus Kather Visiting Paris last month, strolling off the beaten track, I found myself in a labyrinth of covered passages. Most of them are situated in the areas bordering the Grands Boulevards. The passages are super diverse in architecture … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Hamburg’s Creative Class and the Post-Creative City | This Big City

“Hamburg, being an industrial centre rather than a traditional university hub, has unrealised potential to break into new fields of higher and vocational education, expanding its already well-established position in media and logistics markets. Additional to the interest in engaging knowledge … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: World Bank “success” undermines Haitian democracy

In their articles and a new book – Localizing Development – Does Participation Work? – Ghazali Mansuri and Vijayendra Rao found that many “community driven development” or CDD projects tend to benefit the “wealthier, more educated” participants who are “often … Continue reading

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Guest article: Guimarães after the European Culture Capital

by Eduardo Oliveira The curtain has now closed on Guimarães 2012: European Capital of Culture, but what is the effect of the legacy left behind? Has the event strengthened the region position? What contributions have been made towards a potential … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: A surprising map of the best and worst countries to be born into today

One more useless ranking that homogenizes people (and countries). “To be born as what exactly where“would be the real question. As man/woman, black/white, straight/gay, rich/poor? In Ohio or California? Berlin or Bavaria?  “The study incorporates hard data on facets such … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: The Post-Crisis Crises by Joseph E. Stiglitz – Project Syndicate

A new blog post on the economy: “As we struggle with today’s crises, we should be asking whether we are responding in ways that exacerbate our long-term problems. The path marked out by the deficit hawks and austerity advocates both … Continue reading

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Places available for the Research Colloquium and the Masterclass – Place Management and Branding Conference

Research Colloquium 13 February 2013 A one-day workshop, suitable for students of place management and branding and early career researchers in the area to develop their research proposals, presentations skills and learn how to get published.  In addition, those attending … Continue reading

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We Are Moving beyond Numbers (?)

by Renard Teipelke Afterwards, everybody always knows better. We were obsessed with numbers. “We” as in “the majority”, “the public”, “the decision-makers”, or “our/the representatives”. It does not matter if you or I were obsessed with numbers. It was the … Continue reading

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