Policy

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Sheffield: The City of Steel Casts a Creative Future

Known for its legacy in metalwork, Sheffield post-industrial economy is shaped by more than cutlery and steel. Notoriously dubbed the ugliest town in the UK by George Orwell in the 1930s, the South Yorkshire city has reinvented itself into a place that embraces its heritage in arts and making through a wave of private-public partnerships that champion innovation in creative output. Continuing our #CreativeCitiesUK series, we delve into the makers, initiatives and spaces that have contributed to Sheffield's creative transformation.
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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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London Mayor Fights for Artists’ Rights to the City

Sadiq Khan has been working with a consortium of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, known as Studiomakers, to tackle issues of artist displacement through the newly established Creative Land Trust.
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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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Glasgow: Where Creativity Creates a Sense of Place

With an interesting history in which both arts and heavy industry play crucial roles, Glasgow has become more and more resilient to social and economic strife. In the latest installment of our #CreativeCitiesUK series, we delve into the city's creative industries and find they have an increasing influence on Glasgow's urban development, despite the challenges faced by independent and socially-driven companies. Can Glasgow follow in Edinburgh's footsteps, and rely on creativity and culture to change its physical and socioeconomic landscape?
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How NYC City Council Hopes to Curb Unfair Evictions

A 'first-of-its-kind' legislative package has been proposed by three New York City Councilmen as stories of tenant harassment and eviction become more and more common in the city.
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#Habitat3: Where is the Culture in the New Urban Agenda?

With culture at the core of his Glasgow-based urban design practice, Dele Adeyemo finds that the New Urban Agenda and the events at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, do not quite realize the importance of culture as a cornerstone for development.
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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.