Sunday, 12 April 2015

#BetterBelfast #UrbanAcupuncture #Gehl #HumanScale

I often talk about my vision for a #BetterBelfast and the type of city I would like to see us inhabit in the future. Like everyone, my thinking is influenced by where I have been, what I have read and what has made a positive impression on me. It isn't simply about drawing a picture of what I would like to see in the future, it is about the type of thinking that will shape the future and future decision making. For me anyone wishing to take decisions about the future of our city must watch the documentary "The Human Scale".

Whether you agree or not with the views expressed, it will make you think about our city and how to maximise its potential in a way you may not have thought about it before. The idea is about making it a pleasant place to live by taking planning decisions that focus on people and the human living environment.

And of course it also means doing projects that make the city fun. My current personal favourite -dancing traffic lights

Friday, 10 April 2015

#LessonsFromFinland #Babies #Future?

I remember a few years ago when I found out about the wonderful start in live that the Finns give their babies. I never wrote about it at the time because I thought it is inevitable that something similar would come to the UK, but sadly it hasn't happened yet. Therefore I have decided to make my pitch for British babies to have a Finnish start in life! It sends a strong message about all children getting an equal start in life as well as reflecting national identity -it brings people together. Please read more with the link below.