Showing posts with label Cities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cities. Show all posts

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cities as Living Labs

PLACE Volunteer Tiago Picão explains the European Living Labs initiative...

A new concept has been gaining strength since 2006, supported by the European Commission’s plan for a European Innovation System. On that year, under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, ENoLL, the European Network of Living Labs (, was founded. This blog entry will introduce Living Labs and highlight how the project directly relates to the built environment and particularly cities.

A Living Lab, as defined by ENoLL, is a real-life test and experimentation environment where users and producers co-create innovations. Living Labs have been characterized by the European Commission as Public-Private-People Partnerships (PPPP) for user-driven open innovation.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

"The History of the City" from In Our Time

Above: Victorian London around 1900 via mdavids2000 on Flickr

Now available on the iPlayer, two editions of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on "The History of the City".

The first programme takes the long view from Mesopotamia in the 8th Century BC up until the milestone of London passing 1 million inhabitants in 1801. The second episode, which aired this morning, focuses on the explosion of development from the 19th century to the present which has transformed both city centres and vast swathes of their surrounding landscapes.

Panelists include Peter Hall, Tristram Hunt and Ricky Burdett.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time - The History of the City, Part 1 and Part 2

Saturday, 23 May 2009

eBoy Belfast

Belfast by eBoy (click to enlarge) - image source

If you've gone for a stroll or taken a bus in Belfast in the past week or two, you'll probably have noticed a bright, colourful cityscape of Belfast acting as an advertisement for Coca-Cola.

The posters feature mini pixel people, animals, monsters and robots wandering the streets, busking, selling what looks like the Telegraph, juggling, and sunbathing (!), all in the shadows of some of the city's most iconic buildings and structures. There's City Hall (of course), but also the Gasworks, Bittles Bar, and the hills and the docks (complete with a string section onboard a ship that looks remarkably like the Titanic) off to the edges.

They're designed by eBoy, who have been making posters for cities all over the world for a number of years. They recently gave Dublin a similar treatment for Coke. Check out more of their renderings of buildings and cities around the world.

Friday, 22 May 2009

The Sustainable City 2010

University of La Coruña - image source

Organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology and the University of La Coruña, The Sustainable City 2010 Conference takes place in La Coruña, Spain, from April 14th - 16th next year.

The conference is seeking papers on the following topics:
* The community and the city
* Planning, development and management
* Urban strategies
* Sustainable transportation and transport integration
* Urban-rural relationships
* Public safety
* Cultural heritage issues
* Environmental management
* Architectural issues
* Landscape planning and design
* Socio-economic issues, poverty and segregation
* Intelligent environments
* Natural resources
* Waste management
* Case studies

For more info visit the conference website.