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GDP is dead: long live social capital

From the archives: GDP is dead. Long live social capital, environmental value and a sense of what makes us happy. It's time to redefine prosperity, change our measures of progress and work harder to achieve a sustainable future, writes David Ward in a June 2004 edition of Industrial Evolution.

In the shadow of Urbis Manchester based actress Alberta Agyeman on the pillow lawns of Cathedral Gardens. Photo by Len Grant.

Palaces for the people: the regenerative power of culture

From the archives: a piece from Industrial Evolution in 2002 on how theatre, art and entertainment for the masses are sweeping aside the derelict wastelands left by the Industrial Revolution in the twin cities of Liverpool and Manchester.