Long known for being the building site of the Titanic and for its aerospace engineering programs, more recently, Belfast became a hub for tech companies and startups, with a thriving film and TV production industry.
It’s been almost 10 years since Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture – a turning point that shaped the city into what it is today – a creative, musical metro center that explores how to heal, do business and build a tourist industry without losing its larger-than-life character.
As we resume our #creativecitiesuk tour, we visit the Manchester Digital Laboratory - MadLab for short - an organization that aspires to make technology and art more accessible to communities across Manchester.
It is estimated that, by 2030, six out of every 10 people will live in cities, meaning that now more than ever, cities need to be versatile in how they accommodate and adapt to new migrant populations. But how can we see the influx of people into our cities as a source of re-invention and innovation rather than the source of endless problems? And what role can entrepreneurs and innovators play in building the cities of our future?
As phone booths in cities across the world fall into disuse, entrepreneurs in the British capital are transforming these antiquated relics of pre-mobile times into everything from public art to Smartphone repair stations.
Developed by the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), the Equity Collective and illustrator Ping Zhou, “Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design” takes on the challenges of designing for communities.