On the 15th February 2013, Chelyabinsk Obast in Russia was hit by the glowing remainders of a meteorite which entered the earth and caused approximately 1’500 people being injured and 3’000 buildings in the region being damaged. It was the first time since 1908 that a meteorite of that size reached the earth and resulted in such a scale and scope of injuries and damages. Following these unforeseen news, it did not take long until experts discussed possible impacts of meteorites on our cities. Not well known to the broader public, this has actually been a concern amongst scientists for much longer, but no political decision maker (with one eye on the budget and the other one on the next elections) seriously wanted to put this ‘national security’ issue on the agenda.
Tag Archives: Place Management
by Ares Kalandides
I recently blogged two newspaper articles that dealt with retail (here and here) and promised to explain my choice soon. The first discussed the losses of the retail sector in Britain since the beginning of the recession and the second was about the growth of internet grocery shopping (also in Britain). My attention was drawn to these articles mainly because of discussions we had during the International Place Management and Place Branding Conference 13th – 17th February in Manchester. Several researchers talked in their presentations about town centres either with a microeconomic focus on retail businesses or from a place management perspective on retail streets. I aired my doubts during the conference, but here I will try to make sense of my spontaneous reactions. Continue reading
“The cost of the recession to Britain’s retailers has been calculated as a whopping £23 billion since the start of the recession. The figures, compiled by research specialists Conlumino for ecommerce partner Webloyalty uses a model dating back to 1970 which looks at Brits spending year-on-year across both the sector as a whole and individual divisions.”
Read the whole story here: UK Retailers Have Lost £23bn Since The Start Of The Recession.
Uberlândia – Uber what? Denmark, The Netherlands, or a city in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings? Far from that! Uberlândia is actually a medium-sized city in Brazil (population: 604’000). On first sight, the city seems to be nothing more than the second-largest city in the state of Minas Gerais. Uberlândia is strategically situated between Brazilian’s coastal urban areas and the hinterland, thus making the city a major logistics hub. But one major project that has been implemented in Uberlândia for the past 20 years exemplifies what we can learn from cities in the second- or, in this case maybe even, third row. It is about going beyond the prime big shining examples we (professionals in academia, the media, politics, and business) are likely to look at most of the time. Continue reading
By Renard Teipelke
In the past years, we could witness the increasingly strong presence of international corporations in downtown areas. Ranging from telecommunication and fashion to fast food and electronics, major brands have successfully invaded the centers of our cities. This is often discussed, for instance, with respect to McDonalds and (more recently) Starbucks stores popping up seemingly at every corner in the downtown area of (at least larger) cities. In the following article, I would like to address this latter aspect with a focus on the role of ‘international guests’ in global cities.
Link to site: Place Management and Branding Conference.
Place branding, place management, place marketing, strategic spatial development, public-private place partnerships, all synonyms describing one thing – the application of business principles to place. The language and conventions of business have spread across the world, to places of all scales, from district centre management through to nation branding. This widespread extension of market principles to places (districts, towns, cities, regions, countries and even continents) is not without critics, with many economists explaining that it is firms that compete not places. Nevertheless, those charged with place leadership chant the mantra of place competition, hence the expanding business of place. Continue reading
in:polis | urbanism in cooperation with the School of Tourism and Hotel Management (Akdeniz University Antalya) are happy to announce the Second Call for Papers for the Conference “Destination Management and Branding in the Mediterranean Region” to be held in Antalya in April 2012.
By Caspar Lundsgaard-Hansen & Renard Teipelke
The fashion and design scene is booming in Berlin.
The inner-city part of Berlin’s district Neukölln is becoming the latest insider’s tip for the capital city’s cool and hip urban life.
Cultural diversity and ethnic mixture (or segregation depending on the perspective) are key features of Berlin’s immigrant neighborhoods.
Why not bring all these things together?
NEMONA – Network for Fashion & Design is a model project co-funded by the European Social Fund and is a prime example of local network initiatives in sustainable urban development. Based in Mainzer Straße 5 in the northern part of Neukölln (map), the project aims at bringing together fashion designers and producers in a cooperative network that fosters sustainable solutions in the fashion industry on the local level. Continue reading
The sun is shining, old couples as well as young families with their children are strolling through the streets, the time stands still and everyone seems to enjoy this lovely summer day in Überlingen at Lake Constance. I am trying to find a hint but I cannot really figure out what makes Überlingen a cittàslow. Maybe, we have to turn to the official website of the cittaslow movement in order to understand why Überlingen qualifies as a cittàslow.
Founded in 1999 by a handful of Italian mayors, cittàslow stands for livable cities. Inspired by the corresponding slow food movement, the quality of urban life is the focal point: regional products, local heritage, cultural diversity, no Americanization through large fast food or cheap clothes franchise companies. Continue reading