Kantar Futures Blog

Category: places

design, places, politics

Holiday collection 2012 – #4

Ian Christie, on crowds The great US novelist Don Delillo wrote in his book MAO II that ‘the future belongs to crowds’. And he didn’t mean that in a good way.… Read More »

holiday collection, places

Holiday Collection 2012 – #1

To mark the end of the year – as is now traditional on the blog – we asked people across The Futures Company, and former colleagues, to share something they’d… Read More »

Repairing the material world

communities, culture, economic downturn, places, social responsibility

Repairing the material world

Emily Pitts writes: Demos’s recently launched ‘It’s a material world’ argues for the social value of heritage conservation, at a time when budgets for conservation courses are being slashed and… Read More »

Inequality and public services

communities, places, politics, research

Inequality and public services

Rebecca Nash writes: ‘Public facing’ and ‘academic’ are two personal attributes that often don’t go together. But the IIPS was fortunate to host this rare breed at a breakfast briefing… Read More »

Grant Park’s tipping points

culture, economic downturn, economics, future, history, places, politics

Grant Park’s tipping points

Editor’s note: Walker Smith, who runs The Futures Company’s Yankelovich division in the United States, has sent a long post reflecting on the 40-year context of Barack Obama’s Presidential victory… Read More »

Learning to be a city

cities, places, sport, transport

Learning to be a city

Andrew Curry writes: It was European Mobility Week last week, and London marked it with its second ‘Freewheel‘ event on Sunday. Quite a large area of the city centre (St… Read More »

Liverpool Street freeze

cities, culture, performance, places

Liverpool Street freeze

The Liverpool Street Freeze was a few weeks ago now, but Denise’s post somehow got lost in the machine. Better late than never. Denise Hicks writes: Flash mobbing and its… Read More »

Dubai and the cities of the future

cities, global, places

Dubai and the cities of the future

Andrew Curry writes: I chaired a session this week at the Building Futures ‘Futures Fair‘ at the RIBA in London at which Reinier de Graaf, of the architectural practice OMA,… Read More »

Something more permanent

places

Something more permanent

Emily Pitts writes: I took this shot of the back of London Bridge station recently – something about the way the light was falling, illuminating the bus and the signage… Read More »