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22 August, 2019 Come September, the conservative oil-rich city of Stavanger on Norway’s west coast will be shaken up by the annual NuArt Festival, which strives to use tech and art to activate a sense of public agency in the shaping of our cities. Arts positively change, enhance and inform the way we think about […]

Citizen Engagement

A World Refugee Day Special |By Patrizia Barbera | June 20, 2019 | Swabians are known for two things: Their high work ethic (the most famous saying and life motto of many people in  Southern Germany is “Schaffa, schaffa, Häusle baua!”; “Work, work, build a house!”) and their guardedness towards the unknown – be it new […]

Technology Enablement

September 24, 2018 | by Preeta Bannerjee | Britain’s health and social care systems are ailing. Strapped for cash, its public services are straining to meet unprecedented demand from an ageing population. The number of people aged 85 and older needing 24-hour care is on course to double, according to a recent report by Newcastle […]

Change Management

Chandigarh: The Fight for the Radiant City | 22 May 2018 | by Vineeta Shetty Like Berlin surrounded by the Russians, Chandigarh often has to be defended like an island of sophistication from the marauders surrounding her. The city was master-planned in 96 hours, reflecting the urban philosophy laid down by the Congres Internationale d’Architecture […]

Change Management

Bilbao: Making is Believing | 30 September 2017 | by Vineeta Shetty When architect Susana González was transferred by her firm from Buenos Aires to Bilbao in the early 80s, she looked around in tears at the soot-covered buildings and the sludge-choked river, thinking she had been given a hardship post. Urban and industrial overdevelopment […]

Technology Enablement

What can you give a city that has everything? The resort of San Sebastián was born smart: envisioned and planned where sea and land came together in a sheltered bay with an island, surrounded by green hills, three beaches, a river and a sufficiently wide floodplain to build streets, picturesque squares and gardens. The Belle Epoque […]

Citizen Engagement

Vitoria-Gasteiz: Blue and Green All Over 5 September 2017 | by Vineeta Shetty While many cities are throwing a ring road around their conurbation as a garland of progress, Vitoria-Gasteiz opted to gird itself with a 30 kilometre Green Belt, connecting six peri-urban parks. The Basque political capital in northern Spain, Vitoria-Gasteiz visualizes itself as […]