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Air Transformed: Making Sheffield’s Pollution Data Fashionable

Continuing our spotlight on Sheffield as part of our #CreativeCitiesUK project, we meet with Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick - two data artists who have embraced the city's legacy of making to create wearable fashion pieces that visualize pollution in the city. Commissioned part of an ongoing effort between Better With Data, Sheffield's branch of the Open Data Institute, and Sheffield City Council, Air Transformed makes understanding vital air quality data a tangible and experiential process.
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Metroki: Saving New York Commuters Precious Time

Perhaps the most fast-paced city in the world, New York City's system for subway ticketing and payment is slowing commuters down. Two brothers from Washington Heights have developed a mobile solution that they're hoping will win the City's tender for a tech-upgrade to the iconic subway system. Continuing our #CreativeCitiesUSA series, we speak to Roger and Jeffrey Flores about Metroki and the startup ecosystem in the Big Apple.
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New York City: The Reprise of a Music City

Having spurred handfuls of musical genres and, in turn, had plenty of anthems dedicated to its unique vibe, New York City has long been a hotbed for music making, from inspiration to production, and, of course, performance. However, while the City has focused its energy and resources on TV, film and advertising in the last 20 years, the music industry has not received the same support - despite its globally recognized influence. Continuing our #CreativeCitiesUSA project, progrss takes a bite of the Big Apple and discovers how the music industry continues to flourish in the face of a changing urban landscape and how the City is finally paying attention.
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Why Cities Must Champion the Circular Economy

With a dedicated track at the Smart City Expo World Congress, the circular economy is emerging as vital shift, necessary to sustain our cities. Dame Ellen MacArthur leads the discussion.
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Glasgow and the Art of Clean Energy

As we continue our spotlight on Glasgow, we talk to Land Art Generation Initiative and Glasgow City Council about their recent art and engineering competition, in collaboration with local platform EcoArtsScotland, which will result in a public art installation that will also generate clean energy. Wind Forest will be built on Dundas Hill, a site encapsulated by the ongoing Glasgow Canal Regeneration project, and will be visible from across the Scottish city.
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Why Are Some Cities Shrinking?

According to McKinsey's latest research, two major demographic shifts are contributing to the shrinking of populations, and thus economic growth, in many developed countries across the world.
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The Link Between Urban Life and Psychological Distress

Looking at a wealth of studies on the matter, a systematic review confirms that time and time again, certain features of the physical urban environment correlate with levels of psychological distress.
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Desire Lines: How Edinburgh Artists Make Their Voices Heard

As part of our #CreativeCitiesUK series on Edinburgh, we delve into the innovative and influential grassroots lobby, by the creative and cultural industries, for the creative and cultural industries. Desire Lines is an actionable document proposed to the City Council, after including hundreds of Edinburgh's creative professionals in the conversation, and has certainly caught politicians' attention.
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#Habitat3: How Can We Finance Our Cities?

While municipal finance in developed and prosperous countries, where decentralization to cities is already underway, can offer best practices, the world's least developed countries face political hurdles in financing their urban development. We head to a series of panels at Habitat III to find out how upcoming cities can prepare themselves for new modes of financing.