Our visit to Krakow as part of the SUI programme provided an opportunity to become reacquainted with familiar faces, meet new folk, learn some new stuff, compare this with old stuff, but most importantly reflect and learn from our collective experiences with colleagues from England, Netherlands, Denmark and Poland.
The Scottish SUI research team, James Henderson and Oliver Escobar, consider their learning from the third Govan Local Lab in December 2018.
The opportunities offered by smart cities are often seen in terms of bureaucratic efficiency and the commercial and managerial opportunities presented by big data.
Thinking back on the study visit to Lisbon in January, what has stuck with me is the importance that constructing stories of ‘history’ has for creating a sense of community, and for being an impetus for driving change.
We think a place as having a distinct character, but in modern urban settings singular places can have multiple characters. Not just that but those multiple characters exist both in the present, the past and in memories.
This blog is based on Abdullah Rehman’s experience working as a capacity builder during his early days at the Balsall Heath Forum (BHF) and his thoughts on the current situation facing the community.