Tag Archives: London

Snippets from the RGS 2016 Conference on Nexus Thinking

By Renard Teipelke Each year the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers holds its Annual International Conference. For this year, they chose “Nexus Thinking” as the conference theme. And as always, there was no lack of critical inputs and new … Continue reading

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How Night Mayors Harness the Power of Cities After Dusk

by Valentin Schipfer Slowly but surely cities around the globe realize that there might be a slight relation between a vivid night club scene and a flourishing creative industry, including tech start-ups. The global competition for these promising economic branches … Continue reading

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Private Cities: When Ikea and Co. Develop Your City

by Valentin Schipfer Concrete gold is back. Since the financial crisis in 2008 real-estate has become one of the most popular types of investment. No matter whether you are an international developer or a speculator, most cities welcome you with … Continue reading

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Renovating Kensington

By Renard Teipelke This August I visited London for the second time. I have been to the city the first time in 2011. During both visits I was staying in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (at a friend’s … Continue reading

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Fake Hipster Neighborhoods

By Renard Teipelke At some point the change happened. Often it is very hard to recall when it had all started. The derelict neighborhood has become hip. It does not need to be about gentrification all the time. Let’s focus … Continue reading

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Pick of the Day: The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities | Cities | theguardian.com

A lengthy, but excellent article on planning, real estate development and booms: “Under the coalition’s localism agenda, the wheels for private-sector encroachment into public planning have been further oiled, with the introduction of neighbourhood plans. Presented as a means of … Continue reading

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Mythbusters: “The City is vital to Britain” | new economics foundation

“After crunching the numbers, it becomes clear that the taxes paid by the financial sector in the boom years should just about cover the cost of the bailout, but definitely not the costs of the wider recession, increased government debt, … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: The ‘reconfiguration’ of London is akin to social cleansing | Anna Minton | Comment is free | The Guardian

“For cynical residents this approach is a continuation of the previous government’s discredited Pathfinder programme, which aimed to increase land and property prices by demolishing existing homes in well-located areas in northern towns to build new properties that could be … Continue reading

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The London 2012 Olympics impacts and legacy: an Edinburgh perspective

by Kenneth Wardrop Sunday 9 September saw the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the end of the UK’s ‘Summer of Sport’, the highlight of which was the Olympic Games from the 27 July to the 12 … Continue reading

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The Shard, London’s Newest Outcast

  by Mark Byrnes on Europe’s tallest building reblogged from  “the Atlantic Cities – Place Matters” The Shard, London’s Newest Outcast.

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