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Update from the energy sub-group of Manchester: A Certain Future

An update from the work of the MACF Energy Sub-Group from Damian Burton, the chair of the sub-group.

Bridge 5 Mill

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles Bridge 5 Mill and the rich, historical process of its retrofitting.

Developing a carbon neutral community venue

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Affetside Millennium Green Trust Community Venue.

Humber Bridge by Angie

Essay: Spanning our expectations; the work of building bridges

In this essay, Phil Griffin takes a journey from Hull to Salford and uncovers the aesthetic, symbolic and very real opportunities that a humble (and not-so-humble) bridge can create.

Tonkin Liu to bridge the Irwell

As the winning design for a new Salford footbridge is announced, Phil Griffin considers what bridging the Irwell could mean for the city.

Outlook for 2014 from the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub Image

Outlook for 2014 from the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub

Mark Atherton is the Director of Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub and in this piece for Platform outlines their plans, and hopes, for the year ahead.

Riot police in Piccadilly Gardens, August 9 2011, by Phil Long via Flickr

Perspectives essay: Urban faultlines and the dissonant city

A perspectives essay from Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford Manchester, on urban faultines and the 'perpetual dissonance' of the city.

Millgate Theatre by Flickr user Jim Grady

Millgate Arts Centre

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Millgate Arts Centre and an example of how a volunteer-run arts centre builds capacity to install solar panels.

Greater urban resilience: we need a cure

Jess Symons attends the launch of the rebadged, refocused and remastered Centre for Urban  Resilence and Energy at the University of Manchester.

Grow With Wyre Forestry apprentices, Fahra Collins & Andy Jones, courtesy Forestry Commission / Isobel Cameron

Urban forestry and developing a green economy

The idea that jobs in forestry, forest products and woodland management could be a boon for the urban metropolis of Manchester appears counter-intuitive, but there's real growth in trees.

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