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Greater Birmingham: The Name is not the main Game

In the wake of Evan Davies’s series ‘Mind the Gap‘ on London and its pre-eminence in the UK there has been much debate in Birmingham about the city particularly when yet again a poll carried out for the TV programme found that Manchester was viewed by many in the UK as the second city. There […]

Creating successful Smart Cities in 2014 will be an economic, financial and political challenge, not an engineering accomplishment

Originally posted on The Urban Technologist:
Why insurers, pension funds and politics will be more important to Smart Cities in 2014 than “Living Labs” or technology. (The 2nd Futurama exhibition at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. In 50 years’ time, how will we perceive today’s visions of Smart Cities? Photo by James Vaughan) I…

Greater Paris – one of France’s new metropolitan areas

This is a really interesting blog post from Mark Kleinman picking up on the the creation of a Greater Paris metropolitan area.  The French Government is in the process of creating three such bodies for Paris, Lyon and Marseille and below that is allowing cities and surrounding communes, who wish to,  to consolidate decision making […]

Cities, Structural Funds and Smart Specialisation- What is the emerging picture

I want to look at the emerging role of cities in the new EU structural funds in a forthcoming blog post and wondered if there was feedback/ or anyone had information/sources on 1) Proposed Delegations down to Cities under the ITI initiative 2) Whether the 5% figure for Sustainable Urban Development is a minimum or […]

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