Cities can be excellent laboratories for innovating and developing new ideas. When Foresight asked cities about the challenges they were facing, retaining a high skilled labour pool emerged as an important issue.
Guest post by Dr Shima Beigi. In this article, inspired by the movement of open spaces in cities across the world and resilience theory, I argue that city and human resilience are tightly interlinked
Guest post by Corinne Swain and Peter Hetherington. As city devolution gathers momentum, is it time to ask how all the pieces fit together. What governance capacities are required, how does planning fit in, what roles should the state fulfil?
Guest post by James Ransom, Universities UK. Cities could increasingly take the lead on solving societal problems. Ed Glaeser, an economist at Harvard, famously said that cities are our greatest invention.
Guest post by Professor Robin Hambleton. Mayors and civic leaders from around the world shared their ideas on the future of city leadership at the City Leadership Summit in October. How to lead place-based innovation emerged as a major theme.
Guest post by Christopher Kennedy, University of Toronto. Over the past decade, I’ve analysed the greenhouse gas emissions for close to 30 global cities - including work for the OECD and World Bank.
What opportunities might ecosystem services hold for the future city? Green roofs, living walls and vertical gardening are just some of the ideas mentioned in the latest paper published by the Future of Cities project.
Paul Dietrich from The Peckham Coal Line team explains how citizen involvement can help communities shape unused spaces in their city.
In February, the Foresight Future of Cities project produced The Future City exhibition in an attempt to share some of its emerging thinking with a wider public and professional audience.
Guest post by Dr Simon Slater. The West Midlands is no stranger to ‘futures’ work. In 2006, Forum for the Future working with Sustainability West Midlands, wrote the West Midlands Futures: Drivers of change affecting the West Midlands report.
Guest post by Dr Rosamunde Almond and Dr Moira Faul. What is your vision of Cambridge in 2065?