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Mapping the Urban Knowledge Arena report

We need the integration of existing knowledge as much as new knowledge and need to reclaim the right to the city for those that work and live within it. Beth Perry introduces a report from the Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform based on a series of collaborative, cross-sectoral activities in 2012.

Investing in green growth for Greater Manchester

A low carbon economy is one of the principle goals in the forthcoming, updated Greater Manchester Strategy. Here Mark Atherton introduces the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, its priorties, programmes and governance arrangements.

Polyglot picture of multilingual Manchester

A new study from the University of Manchester has revealed Manchester to be one of the most linguistically diverse cities in Europe and the densest multilingual population in the UK, according to Joanna Long.

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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.

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A Certain Future: Steering Group report

Last night (25th July 2013) saw the 25th meeting of Manchester’s stakeholder steering group for climate change; the group of volunteers from across all sectors and walks of life that guides the delivery of the city’s action plan: A Certain Future.

Governing Sustainability in Greater Manchester

Beth Perry, Mark Atherton and Mike Hodson take a look at the governance of sustainability in Greater Manchester.

What urban capacities exist to develop sustainable urban futures, formally and informally? What do different policies for sustainable urban development look like in different countries? How do different stakeholders and communities influence policy formulation? What can we learn from sharing experiences between cities in different parts of the globe?

Comparative Urban Futures: Spatial Networks for Sustainable Urban Development

Greater Manchester is not an island. A number of academic and policy studies have highlighted how cities responses to the challenges of sustainability are shaped by a broader set of national-local and city-city relationships.  Since the new Coalition government in the UK in 2010, relationships between national government and cities have been reshaped. What are the consequences of these changes? How important are cities’ broader spatial networked relationships for how they address sustainable urban development (SUD)? What value is there in learning between and across different urban responses to sustainability in 21st Century Britain?

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.

Renewed efforts to bridge a digital divide

Last month Manchester’s free internet service, the _FreebeeMCR network,  expanded across the city, with  WiFi access now available at key city centre transport hubs, too. But what more can the city do to bridge the so-called ‘digital divide’ and ensure that all Mancunians benefit from the city’s digital success?

The Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform

Beth Perry of the University of Salford introduces the work being carried out, supported by Mistra Urban Futures, to create Local Interaction Platform for Greater Manchester, dedicated to a fairer, greener and denser city.

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