4th Generation Heat Networks

In an earlier blog I discussed how cities in the UK were finally stepping up their investment in energy generation and distribution with a particular emphasis on heat networks in Sheffield, Nottingham and Stoke. The presentation I made in July 2013 set out what a 4th Generation, 21st Century, heat network should achieve. It should seek…

Cities Take the Lead on District Heating

We are entering a new age of Victoriana, where cities, bereft of Government spending and failed by national energy policy, are returning to their roles of municipal leadership and investing in the infrastructure they need to serve not only voters in homes but those businesses that generate the ever important business rates. In the past…

Shaping cities: the future of urban policy | Think Cities

This is re-blog of Kate Henderson’s excellent piece on rebalancing the UK economy and providing a clear policy role for provincial cities outside of London. A concise synthesis of the arguments and a challenge to the incoming government. “Despite much rhetoric from successive governments about ‘re-balancing the economy’ many of the signals show a reverse…

Anatomy of a Smart City

Cities are expanding worldwide. Growth in Asia, South America and Africa is seeing rapid, unprecendented growth in urban centres and there are now 21 megacities who are home to over 10m people. More accessible facts, figures and insight at:  http://postscapes.com/anatomy-of-a-smart-city-full