From the monthly archives:

August 2015

Christensen, Asimov and the Impact of Disruptive Innovation

August 30, 2015

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” – Isaac Asimov, “Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Questions”, 1988 The Storage Dilemma The picture to the right shows a 5 MB hard drive being shipped out by IBM in 1956. Five megabyte. My first work […]

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The Paradox of Sustainable Tourism

August 29, 2015

In this weeks issue of The Economist, there is an article titled “Travelling light” that we would like to recommend. Do read it. The Economist makes the point that travelling by itself is so polluting to the environment, that sustainable tourism does not make sense. To quote the article: “According to the World Tourism Organisation […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – An Overview

August 28, 2015

Dear readers, a few months ago we have started a series of articles about multimodal transport and railway systems with a post about King´s Cross station in London. Since then we have published seven more articles, and today we finish the series with this summary overview. The articles in the series are dedicated to analysing  […]

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Innovation Districts at Future of Places Conference

August 24, 2015

In June 2014, the Brookings Institute released The Rise of Innovation Districts, a new report analysing the emerging trend of a new urban model. We wrote an article about the new report last year. Innovation districts is a recent trend in urban planning that has emerged as a new model to stimulate economic growth in […]

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Michael Bloomberg on the City Century

August 22, 2015

Michael Bloomberg served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms beginning with his first election in 2001. He is also the main owner, founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P, a global financial data and media company. In office, Bloomberg brought a results-based approach to city management, appointing city […]

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North Koreas First Western Concert

August 20, 2015

When we all give the power / we all give the best Every minute of an hour / don’t think about a rest Then you all get the power / you all get the best When everyone gives everything and every song everybody sings. – Laibach, 1980s Place branding can take many forms. Sometimes well-noticed […]

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The Cities Which Will Contribute Most to Global Growth in 2030

August 17, 2015

It is the world’s major cities that are the powerhouses of global growth. Teeming with industry and services, brimming with innovation, and home to booming and increasingly more skilled and diverse labour forces, the world’s 750 biggest cities today account for some 57% of global GDP. According to a study by Oxford Economics earlier this […]

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Official video recordings from Future of Places III

August 14, 2015

The full set of video recordings from the Future of Places III Conference in Stockholm 29th June to 1 July are now available on YouTube. Below is an index with links to the videos. We have published some of the speeches here on this blog while the conference was on-going. However the recordings below are […]

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Cities and the Rise of the Consuming Class

August 10, 2015

A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, Urban World: Cities and the rise of the consuming class, analyses the massive wave of urbanization that is propelling growth across the emerging world in the coming decades. The research expands MGI analysis of the top 2,600 cities globally, building on firm statistics which includes demographics, household structure, […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Arlanda Express

August 7, 2015

Arlanda Express is a public-private partnership purpose built rail link between Stockholm Central Station and Arlanda Airport in Sweden. It takes 20 minutes to travel the 39 kilometre line. Plans for an airport rail link from the central business district of Stockholm and the airport was launched in the early 1980s and Arlanda Express was […]

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Dealing with Disruption–The Next Ten Years

August 6, 2015

The World Economic Forum have published a new report on innovation, titled Dealing with Disruption. Unlike previous reports, this is not a downloadable PDF, but instead an interactive website available here. It is worth reading though, even in this not-so-user-friendly format. Disruptive innovation is a critical driver of progress. When we look at the past […]

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Corporate Iconic Buildings as Tourism Destinations

August 5, 2015

It was in the news today that Apple´s new headquarter will be quite a tourist attraction, reports Silicon Valley Business Journal. The news site has uncovered documents, first filed with the city of Cupertino back in April, which layout the company’s plans for a massive visitor’s centre located on the “spaceship” campus. According to the […]

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New Museum of Illusions in Zagreb

August 2, 2015

Like any capital city, Zagreb in Croatia have a number of fine museums. From the archaeological museum which is home to a fascinating variety of collections, including items from prehistoric times such as Vucedol, Greek and Roman times and the Medieval period, as well as an Egyptian Mummy and a superb collection of coins, notes […]

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Place Management Workshop in Sibenik

August 1, 2015

Šibenik is a historic town in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia, by the scenic bay where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Unlike other cities and towns along the Adriatic coast, which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Šibenik was founded by Croats. The population today is about 46.000 people. During its […]

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