They are separated by more than 11,000 miles of the South Pacific Ocean but emerge as cross-hemispherical twins in their commitment and actions to put Planet before Profit. New Zealand and Costa Rica are universally recognised as pieces of natural paradise sustained by an eco-literate population. But how have their brand guardians readjusted the perception […]

Some cities dominate the mindscape with their fame, but no one can name a neighbourhood in their boundaries. Then there are some incredibly famous neighbourhoods that define cities.  Are neighbourhoods ingredient brands of the city or cities umbrella brands for neighbourhoods? On the other hand, a country or region may have a strong brand that […]

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 […]

Co-City

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 […]