My faith in British urban life has been restored – after a weekend in Brighton!
Our visit – to attend a conference – just happened to coincide with “White Night”. No, I’d never heard of it before either but now I’ve discovered it I want to go back for more – and help spread it to other UK cities too. No longer shall I be one of those who complain that continental cities always do it so much better! Read more →
Consultation on the NPPF ended last week yet Whitehall has continued to find itself deflecting criticism about the reforms. I, personally, have been quite fascinated by the lively debates that the consultation’s sparked and at times I’ve even found my own views on what I believe the fundamental principles of planning to be, challenged.
But, away from the academic side of things, this recent coverage of the planning reforms coupled with the high profile shenanigans at Dale Farm, got me wondering what effect it’s all had on the public’s perception of planning. Read more →
There’s nothing like contemplating a Web Strategy Plan to get you thinking about your professional networks (or to be honest, almost anything other than your Web Strategy Plan). At a time when work remains fairly scarce and cuts in the public sector have led to a flood of people offering freelance services of varying quality, the temptation is to pull up the drawbridge and keep opportunities to yourself.
I’ve done several pieces of work at Globe looking at creative digital businesses, digital workspaces and more generally at the needs of SMEs, so when an opportunity was recently advertised to quote for local work on the Lincolnshire Digital Business Cluster we took a serious interest. Read more →
James Hurley’s article this week in the Telegraph ‘Entrepreneurs “fear” approaching their bank’ struck an interesting note with several discussions I’ve been involved in recently as well as our own experience particularly in relation to international consultancy work. Read more →
Earlier this year Globe completed a research project for the London Arts and Health Forum and their eight regional partners. The project concluded with a report and presentation which became the starting point for a new ‘National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing’. The project client and their partners were all none profit distributing organisations of different types so once the contract was completed we made a pro bono offer to prepare an additional summary document to assist them in their lobbying for resources and recognition of the services they deliver.
If you are interested to learn more about this Arts and Health activity we have just published the summary document on our web site (click here).
I hope you find it interesting.
I recently attended an update meeting in Nottingham on the future of Planning Aid in England. Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional planning advice to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay professional fees. A review of the existing Planning Aid service took place following the change in government in 2010 and a new, reduced service was launched in June 2011. The event was an opportunity to hear from the new team leading Planning Aid across the county and find out more about what the service would offer in the future. Read more →
Guest Post from Ann Wallis, Director of Culture Partners.
Folkestone may not be the first place that springs to mind when public art work commissioned from UK and international artists is mentioned. However……
My recent visit to the Folkestone Triennial in the company of fellow Academicians from the Academy of Urbanism, certainly did not disappoint. This second arts triennial once again focused on reclaiming, enhancing and enlivening spaces and the public realm through a curated collection of work commissioned from an impressive roster of acclaimed UK and international artists. Read more →
Collectively and politically, our attitude towards planning and development seems to ride a perpetual roller coaster. Every decade or so, we rise towards a summit of indignation about the dire effects our inept and slothful planning system is having on desperately needed housing development and job-creating businesses. Planners are instructed to stop interfering. After a brief period on the peak, though, influential people start to realise that things they value, like countryside, open spaces, playing fields – and their neighbours’ gardens – are being consumed much more ravenously than they like and so we plummet towards a realisation that the planning system we used to have perhaps wasn’t doing as bad a job as we thought. Planning gains support and strength again for a while, but soon enough dissatisfaction and indignation start to rise again. Read more →
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