Pick of the day: City living and the housing crisis | @guardianletters | Society | The Guardian

We have often written about housing and bubbles in this blog. Here is a collection of short opinions on the UK situation by The Guardian. I find the opening paragraph particularly interesting, though the commentator does not develop it further. I strongly believe that the issue of housing is not just about the number of available homes, but mostly about their affordability. And that depends as much on the spending capacity of people as it depends on the building industry.

“Everybody says we must build more houses. I agree, but we cannot build our way out of the housing crisis. Rising prices are central to the business model of the housing sector, but in the end the market depends on whether new mainly young households can pay these prices. They are being squeezed by increasing income inequality, debts, childcare costs and limited mortgage availability.”

via City living and the housing crisis | @guardianletters | Society | The Guardian.

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The limits to product placement

by Ares Kalandides

Today I received an email, which I will translate into English and share with you (please find the original German at the bottom). I was rather shocked and I think it questions everything we know about the independence of blogs.  I let you decide whether this is legitimate or not. Here is the translation of the email: Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Balancing act: the government’s regional growth plan doesn’t go far enough | New Economics Foundation

regional inequality in EUWe have often written about issues of regional development. Here is a short entry that presents some interesting facts about it at a European level:

“Most places in Europe have a bit of a spread. Some countries are richer than others, and some places within a country are richer than others. But outstanding amongst EU members, down at the bottom of the graph, is the UK. The spread of economic outcomes here is extraordinary. We have here the richest single area in the whole of Europe, Inner London. And yet, at the same time, we have some places – in this, case Cornwall and the Welsh Valleys, right at the poorest end of the spread – more comparable to recent EU members like Bulgaria and Romania.”

Read more: Balancing act: the government’s regional growth plan doesn’t go far enough | New Economics Foundation.

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Fashion Businesses in Berlin – a Designer’s Answer

Fashion editor: Stefanos Zaousis; Photos: Bill Georgousis; Make up: Manos Vynichakis; Hair : Stefanos Vassilakis

Designer: Vasso Consola; Fashion editor: Stefanos Zaousis; Photos: Bill Georgousis; Make up: Manos Vynichakis; Hair : Stefanos Vassilakis

by Vasso Consola[1]

I wrote this text as a reaction to the three blog entries by Ares Kalandides that were based on a research project on fashion businesses in Berlin (part 1, part 2 and part 3). A subsequent Facebook comment on fashion trends by a reader, which assumed that there’s real freedom in fashion, motivated be to write an answer. The intention of copying is not to create trends nor trends are the result of copying. Trends are the result of research and guidance. Let me explain. Continue reading

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Fashion Businesses in Berlin – Resources and Challenges (Part 3 – end)

Nemona pop-up store 2014

Nemona pop-up store 2014

by Ares Kalandides

This is the final part of the blog series on fashion businesses in Berlin.  The series was based on the final report of a small research conducted by INPOLIS in association with the UK AHRC CREATe Project. Central question was the role of intellectual property in the work of fashion designers in Berlin. Based on the assumption that intellectual property cannot be envisaged separately, but that it is tightly knit together with the way they see their work as a whole, we tried to understand the multiple challenges that designers face in their day-to-day life.  Part 1, that went online last Monday looked at access to funding, part 2 that went online on Wednesday looked at access to space as well as to skills & knowledge. Today’s blog is about access to markets, an assessment of Berlin as a space of resources and also offers some rudimentary policy recommendations.  Continue reading

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Fashion Businesses in Berlin – Resources and Challenges (Part 2)

Origami hat by Vasso Consola. Photo: Vana Cotsia

Origami hat by Vasso Consola. Photo: Vana Cotsia

By Ares Kalandides

This is the second part of the final report of the small research conducted by INPOLIS in association with the UK AHRC CREATe Project. Central question was the role of intellectual property in the work of fashion designers in Berlin. Based on the assumption that intellectual property cannot be envisaged separately, but that it is tightly knit together with the way they see their work as a whole, we tried to understand the multiple challenges that designers face in their day-to-day life.  We have grouped the responses in two categories: a) access to resources, that includes the major challenges that small fashion designers in Berlin face on a day-to-day basis, b) Berlin and public policy, which is the interviewees’ assessment of the broader urban context including some policy recommendations. Part 1, that went online last Monday looked at access to funding.  Today’s blog is about access to space as well as to skills & knowledge. Continue reading

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Pick of the Day: When Seeing Things in Black and White Is Useful

Siedlungsmuster aus dem All_Europa (DLR, 2014)
By Renard Teipelke

German radar satellites “TerraSAR-X” and “TanDEM-X” are providing 308 terabytes of data to the German National Aeronautics and Space Research Center (DLR) for their project “Global Urban Footprints”. The results are maps in black and white. While this dichotomy is usually not recommendable in human geography and urban studies, it very much helps to reveal the true extent of spatial urbanization in the world (see picture gallery on Spiegel Online). If everything works as planned, the DLR will make this data available to the research community at the end of this year (2014) – without any doubt, it would be a big treasure and source to scientists and researchers from a variety of fields.

German article: here.

Picture gallery: here.

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Fashion Businesses in Berlin – Resources and Challenges (Part 1)

id dress by Vasso Consola. Photos Nikitas Karagiannis. Model Niki

id dress by Vasso Consola

by Ares Kalandides

When the next Berlin Fashion Week opens its doors on 8th July, fashion aficionados from all over the world will flood the city, filling up show rooms and catwalks. Through the efforts of the Berlin administration and a very lively creative scene, the city has managed to position itself as one of the fashion capitals in Europe. While hundreds of local labels already create here,  others keep joining them from all over the world in a constant inflow of talent.

In order to find out more about how fashion designers in Berlin live and work, INPOLISconducted a small research in association with the UK AHRC CREATe ProjectContinue reading

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How business rates impact upon high street performance – the evidence

clothesby Cathy Parker*

There is an ongoing talk about the re-evaluation of business rates, and several high profile reports (e.g. the Grimsey Review 2013) call for drastic measures in the business rates system before it is ‘too late’ for the high street.

The University of Liverpool and Local Data Company are investigating factors that affect business rates (occupation, vacancy rates and rents ) and their preliminary analysis highlighted the disproportions in rents, vacancy rates and business rates – meaning some high streets are suffering more than others.

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Register for free now: Webinar “High Street UK2020: 50 years of change!”

Photo: Wikipedia

Photo: Wikipedia

by Ares Kalandides

How much do you know about retail and city centres? How much do you know about the major forces of change that impact on the High Street today? Would you like to know how change can be managed at a local level? Would you like to learn more on strategies for repositioning, reinventing, rebranding and restructuring the High Street? Then this free webinar by the Manchester Metropolitan University on Tuesday 10th July (9:00 – 13:00 BST) is for you! Register for free here. Continue reading

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