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 […]