Author: Prof Alister Scott, Northumbria University I recently wrote about the disintegration of the housing debate where I argued that there are no ‘magic bullet’ solutions as the housing question is complex, demanding much more cross-sector thinking. But this type of approach is something conspicuously absent in contemporary policy and decision-making processes. This is also … Continue reading The disintegration of planning policy
The Urban Living Birmingham research project consortium is inviting Birmingham-based arts organisations to submit proposals that imaginatively use arts and creative approaches to engage Birmingham citizens in developing innovative ideas for the improved delivery of urban services using the findings from the research. This creative consultation tender brief outlines a pilot approach to encouraging resident … Continue reading Brief for Creative Engagement: Reimagining City Service Delivery
Author: Chris Bouch When one looks at Andy Street’s potted history on Wikipedia, it is difficult not to be impressed: Oxford; past Managing Director at John Lewis Partnership; past chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership; Commander of the British Empire for services to the economy; and, Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham … Continue reading May I be so Bold? A Plan for the New West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor
Author: Charlotte Hoole First published by CityREDI on 27/06/2017 City-REDI held a workshop last week with its sister research centre based at Guangzhou University, Guangdong, China. This was an ideal opportunity for the two research centres to share research ideas and approaches and to explore opportunities for on-going collaboration. In May 2016, a linked research centre to City-REDI … Continue reading City-REDI welcomes Guangzhou University
Below are two poems in response to a request for the best and worst of Birmingham. The poems formed part of an impromptu exhibition held at one of Urban Living Birmingham’s Touchstone Meetings. From the author, Jonathan Ward: These poems were off the cuff reflections on parts of the city I see and experience most … Continue reading Missed and Missing Opportunities
Author Mike Grace The 4th May 2017 has come and gone and Andy Street is the first and the new Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Congratulations, as it must have been difficult to pitch for this particular election. He has secured powers for action across housing, economy and transport agendas at a regional … Continue reading After the [Metro Mayor’s] Election is Over……..
License: CC 3.0 BY Mario Purisic Please join us for the first of the Urban Living Birmingham Skype Sessions, taking place on the 6th of June 2017, 10.00am to 11.00am. If you are able to attend please contact Dr Chloe Billing via email on C.A.Billing@bham.ac.uk by the 2nd of June Citizens have direct experience of the ‘problem spaces’ within … Continue reading ULB Skype Session: End-user innovation of public services – through the backdoor via smart phone apps