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BlogUrban Automation
July 12, 2018

Three ‘living labs’ which show how autonomous robots are changing cities

This blog was written by Rachel Macrorie and originally appeared in The Conversation on 12 July 2018. Ready or not, autonomous robots are leaving laboratories to be tested in real-world contexts. With more and more people living in cities, these technologies…
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BlogUrban Automation
July 10, 2018

Automating the City & Urbanising Automation: Four priorities to shape the expansion of robotics and autonomous systems in our everyday lives.

Ready or not, Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) are rapidly moving outside of laboratories and factories to be tested in the real-world contexts of everyday cities around the globe.  There are significant opportunities for technologists and receptive cities to work together…
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June 20, 2018

India’s colonial legacy almost caused Bangalore to run out of water

This post was written by Hita Unnikrishnan, Harini Nagendra and Vanesa Castán Broto, and originally appeared in The Conversation on 20 June 2018. On hot summer days in Bangalore, India, it is common to see public water taps on roadsides hissing and…
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March 8, 2018

From Pulley to Pipe: The Decline of the Wells of Bangalore

This post was written by Harini Nagendra and Hita Unnikrishnan, a Newton International Fellow working with The Urban Institute. It originally appeared in Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 5   Large-scale urbanization is particularly evident in the developing Global South—for example, in…
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BlogCo-producing Urbanisms
November 22, 2017

Participatory Cities and Urban Justice

This blog was written by Prof Beth Perry and originally appeared on the Mistra Urban Future website. Whilst a lot of attention has been paid to the Urban Sustainable Development Goal 11, with its focus on substantive issues such as…
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November 15, 2017

Seeing like a City by Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift

This book review was written by Michele Lancione, Senior Research Fellow, and originally appeared in Society and Space.   There is Nothing Like the City Published fifteen years after Cities: Reimagining the Urban, Seeing Like a City, is a testament to the…
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BlogGeneral
September 27, 2017

Global Urban Justice @RC21

How does citizen participation challenge or reinforce power relations in urban governance? What might an urban politics look like which values dissent as well as consensus? How can we contribute to realising global urban justice through critical methodologies? These were…
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BlogCo-producing Urbanisms
September 13, 2017

Fearless Cities: the new urban movements

A wave of new municipalist movements has been experimenting with how to take – and transform – power in cities large and small. Bertie Russell and Oscar Reyes report on the growing success of radical urban politics around the world. This blog post originally appeared on…
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BlogUrban Humans
September 8, 2017

Wall Street landlords are chasing the American dream – here’s what it means for families

This blog was written by Desiree Fields (currently on secondment to the Urban Institute), Alex Schafran & Zac Taylor (University of Leeds). It first appeared in The Conversation. Owning a family home in the suburbs has been a cornerstone of…
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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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