Going Wild With Ideas

The wild trend is everywhere today, from wild swimming to foraging for food in the wild. Wild thinking has a place amongst this revival, delighting us and reminding us of our natural creative abilities.   Over the past year I have visited some highly intelligent fields. In the midst of thickly woven hedgerows and weather-worn sheep,…

Fragile Ideas III: the medium-sized city and building for beyond average

Just because you are in the middle, you don’t have to be average. This is the conclusion I drew after a handful of days spent at the Urban Universities conference hosted by The Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment at the University of Northampton this July. The conference focused on the partnerships being established between universities…

Smart but unfair? Economic divides in knowledge cities seem sharper than elsewhere

Data on income inequalities in American cities released last month by the Brookings Institute makes uncomfortable reading for those of us who trumpet the emergence of “knowledge cities” as a sustainable solution for our future prosperity. The Brookings Institute gathered data on income distributions from America’s largest 50 cities, comparing the income of those on…