"If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development."
Recently Professor Cliff Hague from Scotland went to a meeting of a project looking at small and medium-sized towns across Europe,where he spoke in a small town about branding the town. For ICN he reviews his visit and shares his thoughts with us.
Probably the outstanding example of small town regeneration in Scotland is West Kilbride. It is a coastal town about 45 kilometers from Glasgow. It has a population of just under 5,000 inhabitants. Although it has quite an affluent population, decline had set in by the mid-1990s, when about half of the retail properties on the town’s main street were empty and boarded up.
Local food networks are attracting increasing attention. This week I picked up Issue 1 of Nourish Scotland Magazine, which is produced by Scotland’s sustainable food network. Pete Richie, Director of Nourish Scotland, sums up the organisation’s basic vision. It is to “reimagine farming as a service: and a service which is increasingly co-produced by farmers and citizens.”
How will the cities of tomorrow be and look like? This question, and many others, did youths from different European countries discuss on a camp in Scotland. Oline Saether is a seventeen years old student from Norway who is sharing her experiences from this years IC summer camp which took place in Scotland.
How do you evaluate a landscape? It is a question that lies at the heart of decision-making on controversial developments in the countryside, such as wind farms or new highways. Since the 1970s landscape evaluation has become a very technocratic process, much to the frustration of many non-professionals who may care deeply about a place but feel their views count for little.
Jackson, Wyoming is a fascinating small town. As late as the 1930s it was a rather scrubby collection of wooden buildings in the valley known as Jacksons Hole, that is overlooked by the Grand Teton range of mountains. Today the valley is a major centre for ski-ing and Jackson is the cool place to be seen. What can we learn from this transformation?
This is the last chance to register for our European Youth Camp that will take place in Scotland this August. If you are looking for a unique cross-cultural exchange experience, do not hesitate to fill out the registration form and book your flight. A great and unforgettable summer experience is just ahead of you.
Jelgava Local Municipality (JLM) has implemented development cooperation mini-grant scheme`s project „Active partnership and communities for development” supported within the programme „WTD – Working Together for Development”.
How can deprived urban housing estates be regenerated? I have been doing a small piece of work for a Swedish municipality. I was asked to look at a major housing-led urban regeneration project here in Scotland and report on the lessons. My findings are that regeneration has been a long, slow process and is more complex than policy makers typically imagine.
Planning Aid for Scotland and Innovation Circle Network invite young Europeans to the next summer youth camp. We will bring young people together for a bilateral exchange from the 11th to 16th of August 2013 in Benmore Outdoor Centre, Dunoon, Scotland. Be part of "European Cities of Tomorrow" and register now.