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Barton road Corn Mill & Aqueduct & lock on River Irwell from Chetham Library's 1773 Mullineux Collection

Bringing life back to the Irwell

The river makes the city: Mark Hillsdon reports on the continued transformation of the River Irwell and the development plans that run along its course.

Library walk

Greater Manchester's sustainability in numbers

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it, so here's Platform's first attempt at running the numbers on Greater Manchester's sustainability efforts, from waste, to cycling, to carbon.

78 steps wholefood shop. Photo by Debbie Ellen.

It’s all about food

Some of the hottest tickets during this years Manchester International Festival (MIF) have been for events and talks at The Biospheric Project, with 2,500 tickets sold out within 3 hours of being made available. The Project has transformed a 3 storey mill in Salford into a thriving urban research and community food production hub. Once the Festival ends, the work will continue under the direction of Vincent Walsh, who showed Platform’s Debbie Ellen around the building.

Atelier at Piccadilly Basin

Manchester: Capital of the North's waterways?

Walter Menzies heralds the arrival of the Manchester and Pennine Waterway Partnership which has launched this month at the Lowry in Salford Quays and introduces its forthcoming 'manifesto' for the waterways.

The increasing risk of extreme weather and climate change: EcoCities report

The University of Manchester's EcoCities team have produced an analysis of the risks of extreme weather and climate change for Greater Manchester over the coming century.

Perspectives Essay: Knowledge for Sustainability

How can we achieve true sustainability in Greater Manchester? The central theme of Caroline Downey's essay is that the individualistic, economic growth paradigm has not worked, cannot work, and is threatening our very existence. Without a fundamental shift in governance and ideology, a sustainable future for humans is difficult to imagine.

Natural Environment and Adaptation

Natural Environment and Adaptation briefing papers used to inform discussions held at the Planning and Housing Commission and Environment Joint Commission Workshop, held in January 2012. The aim of the workshop was to explore shared interests for both Commissions and examine other, emerging issues within the Natural Environment White Paper to gain an understanding of how these issues fit with GMs strategic priorities, identifying next steps.

It's all about waste!

Offering the most potential for efficient and effective working on detailed waste planning matters, the Greater Manchester Joint Waste Development Plan  (JWDPD) was adopted by each of the ten AGMA Authorities in 2011.  The JWDPD sets out a spatial framework for waste developments within Greater Manchester up to 2027, helping to direct the provision of adequate waste management facilities to appropriate locations across the city region.  The JWDPD now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for each authority and will be used alongside district-specific planning documents for the purpos

Rochdale Pioneer Museum

From Rochdale to Rio in the steps of Robert Owen

From the archives: Written to mark ten years since the first Earth Summit in Rio, this 2002 article from the magazine Industrial Evolution looks at the inspiration the Rochdale Pioneers gave to modern-day advocates of sustainability.

Julia Stansfield and Carine Van Schie of the Manchester Triathlon Club take to the waters of Salford Quays. Photo by Len Grant

Future flows and the clean up of our waterways

From a coast synonymous with trade, to a dense and sometime factory-lined network of canals and rivers, the waterways of England's Northwest tell the story of a troubled, industrial past. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and they are rapidly becoming a central part of the social, environmental and economic renewal of the region.

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