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BUILD Bilbao; what’s in a word?

At the Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues (BUILD) in 2014, I discovered that ‘equity’ in communities wasn’t what I understood the word to mean. In the international context it meant equality and inclusion, rather than a financial investment instrument....

Enabling just and fair inclusion in our cities

I am a huge advocate of peer-to-peer learning and networking in communities and between community groups. It’s the place where people are able to speak frankly about their ideas, as well as any challenges they have faced, with people like them. I recently realised how...

Remaking Cities Congress, Pittsburgh (part 2)

Reflecting on the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which took place in mid-October, I can honestly say it exceeded my expectations and surprised me in a number of ways. I felt privileged to have been invited to this second Congress, the first of...

Remaking Cities Congress, Pittsburgh (Part 1)

This summer, out of the blue, I received an invitation to attend the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I could only surmise how the invitation had found me. On the face of it, it appeared to be very much about buildings and the urban...

Places of the Future, 2009

Reflections on the meaning of ‘place’. How people perceive their locality and how they feel about where they live can deeply affect their lives. To my mind, a sense of ‘place’ and belonging to a community is based on common issues and needs. Above race and...