New nation states Singapore and Dubai have managed their branding through competitive differentiation, yielding the ultimate prize: attracting capital and talent. Sheffield and Hull fought their way out of dereliction as post-industrial towns by deep-diving into their DNA and developing humanistic brands as curator, editor and storyteller of the people. Spot the differences and navigate […]

At its roots, #covid19 exposes the breach of the barrier between wilderness and city and forces us to reflect on the relationship between citizens and ecology. Mangaluru-based environmental planner and architect, Niren Jain, zooms out with The Smart Citizen on the public health crisis and the opportunities it provides for a reset in ecosystem management, architecture, local food systems and […]


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 […]