Why we need urban development heretics

When shopping centre developer Hammerson walked away from Sheffield’s much-vaunted New Retail Quarter last year, it could have been a blessing in disguise. Here was an opportunity to radically rethink the ‘mall without walls’ template for city centre regeneration. Sheffield City Council’s chief executive, John Mothersole, has been quoted as saying that the next iteration of the […]

The legacy of Alderman Graves, and lessons for regeneration

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to give a lecture at Sheffield University’s Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences. The talk focused on people-centred approaches to regeneration, and how they could be encouraged in today’s policy context. The full text of the talk and the accompanying slides are here. I also wrote a […]

Inspiration of the Week: Storying Sheffield

Storying Sheffield is a groundbreaking project which brings university students together with the people of Sheffield to create a living portrait of life in the city. Half the participants in the project are second-year undergraduates studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. Storying Sheffield is an optional module which they can take as part […]

Inspiration of the week: Abundance

Every year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked, on both public and private land, either because people don’t notice them, may not be physically able to harvest them or there is just too much fruit at once. Abundance is a project that counters this waste by picking the fruit and redistributing the surplus to the […]

A risk we have to take

Few people still seriously believe a wave of new social enterprises and co-ops will step into the many breaches left as spending cuts take effect across the public sector. But when the dust from the current round of budget-setting has settled there will be an unprecedented opportunity to consider how to achieve the best we […]