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Lucy Dunning

BlogControlled Environments
July 19, 2017

Artificial environments are turning the world outside in, but that’s no way to save the planet

This blog post was written by Simon Marvin and Jonathan Rutherford and originally appeared in The Conversation. When meltwater breached the global seed bank near Svalbard in May, after unusually warm weather, it served as a stark reminder of the need to…
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EventUrban Automation Event
July 14, 2017

4 September 2017 – Rise of the Automated City – Public Lecture

Date: Monday 4th September 2017 Time: 5:30pm – 7.00pm Venue: ICOSS Lecture Theatre (1st floor), Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (ICOSS), 219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP; followed by a reception in ICOSS foyer (opposite). From driverless cars, to delivery robots, digitised homes and networks of…
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Urban Automation
July 12, 2017

Researching Sheffield’s diverse landscape of smart urbanism experimentation

The birthplace of stainless steel, Sheffield has long held worldwide recognition for its large-scale manufacturing industry, technical innovation and craft fabrication. With the decline of UK heavy engineering and associated rise in unemployment from the late 1970s, the public sector…
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Co-producing Urbanisms
July 5, 2017

Cultural Heritage and the Just City

The New Urban Agenda, signed in Quito Ecuador in 2016, calls for a broad and holistic understanding of the strategies and approaches needed to develop more sustainable urban transformations.  Importantly, it appears to correct a cultural-blindness in sustainable development policies…
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June 28, 2017

Urban Uncertainty report released

Jonathan Silver joined his collaborators on the Urban Uncertainty research project to launch a report based on a series of international workshops, collective and individual publications and a series of findings based on empirical research across a number of cities.…
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BlogCo-producing Urbanisms
June 21, 2017

Coproducing Urban Transformations Keynote in Finland

Professor Beth Perry has given a keynote lecture at the University of Helsinki’s Pathways to Sustainability Transformations event. The event was organised as the first Sustainable Science Day of the new Helsinki Sustainability Science Centre (HELSUS). Held in the Great…
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June 14, 2017

New book review: Cotton and the race across the Atlantic

This book review was originally posted on the LSE website. According to Jonathan Silver, Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa and America 1900-1920 makes a significant contribution to the global history of cotton and our understandings about the…
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Infrastructure in Action
June 7, 2017

IJURR Author Meets Critics series

Jonathan Silver participated in the 'Authors Meet Critics' series run by the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and the Studies in Urban and Social Change book series published by Wiley-Blackwell. Joining 20 worldwide participants through an online…
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Past events
May 11, 2017

20 June 2017 – African cities in a changing development context: ‘new donors’, investment and urban transformation

Location: Africa Research Institute, 55 Tufton St, Westminster, London SW1P 3QL Africa’s urban transition is throwing up new challenges for international development assistance. Yet, at the same time, ‘non-traditional’ development partners are creating unprecedented opportunities for urban Africa. Older donors…
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May 2, 2017

Living in Plural Cities

Is our understanding of urban infrastructure changing? Do we need to move beyond discussions about 'smart cities' and digital innovation? What pathways exist for the city of the future? This short video was produced by the British Academy, the UK's…
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