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Subtle density in the suburbs: reimagining the 1960s walk-up apartment block

As cities grow the older building stock is gradually replaced by new buildings. Ideally, these newer buildings are higher quality, more sustainable and better suited to our contemporary needs. But that is not necessarily the case, and there is a risk that current approaches to urban renewal will produce lower amenity, less flexible and less…

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Croke Park and local government – Advancing age-friendly Initiatives in Ireland

At the heart of Ireland’s comprehensive age-friendly coverage is a range of partnership arrangements between the country’s local authorities and local and national bodies, including sporting organisations. This briefing looks at the designation of Croke Park – one of Europe’s largest stadiums – as an age-friendly facility, the first such anywhere in the world.

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Local planning aspirations versus national policy

In our previous briefing, we discussed and analysed the background, policy context and dramatis personae of an interesting battle between one of Ireland’s largest local authorities and the Irish State. We now return to this issue to give another up-to-date perspective on this critical topic.

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Is planning part of the patriarchy?

Are cities sexist and is our planning system biased against women? This briefing examines the arguments that planning authorities should require an assessment of the impact on women’s safety to be published as a condition of planning approval for major developments.

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Permanent visibility equals permanent acceptance: an interview with LGBTQ+ Adviser Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL

Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL was the youngest and first openly gay Lord Mayor of Manchester, UK and is the current LGBTQ+ Adviser to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. We interviewed him for our Pride edition of Global Local to find out more about his background, advocacy and advice for organising effective community-led pride events.

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Leading out loud – Local climate leadership

This briefing identifies some of the challenges around leading and delivering local climate action, discusses the importance of effective leadership and using case studies, outlines how strong local leadership can help deliver infrastructure projects and service changes that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It will be of interest to senior councillors and local government…

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Culture and Levelling Up

This briefing provides an update and round-up on culture and levelling up. It looks at some of the emerging evidence themes from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee Inquiry on cultural placemaking and levelling-up, alongside DCMS and Arts Council England policy and spending announcements.

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Creating connections: Stirling’s regional digital hubs

Digital connectivity is an increasingly important issue across the world. In this interview, we speak to Steve McDonald, service manager for economic growth culture, tourism and events at Stirling Council, about the Council’s innovative Regional Digital Hubs project.

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Micro-mobility – creating a workable transport alternative

Providing a rough analysis and commentary on three recent or ongoing shared transport schemes in Melbourne, Victoria and Newcastle, New South Wales, this briefing demonstrates how elements of scheme design must be blended effectively to create a workable transport alternative.

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Meeting housing demand on Ireland’s west coast – experiences in the Iveragh Gaeltacht

This briefing paper outlines how and why stakeholders have come to regard the resolution of the ‘housing issue’ as fundamental to a locality’s sustainable development. It describes the efforts being made in County Kerry to enable rural repopulation growth by devising geographically appropriate solutions.

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