Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Technology & The City

Sorry luvvies, but Britain’s real business creativity lies elsewhere
Lancaster House is this week playing host to the British Business Embassy, a series of events highlighting UK business to a world audience captivated by London 2012.
Damian Reece, Daily Telegraph, 1 August 2012

Unreal Estate
On the eve of the Olympics, Justin McGuirk ponders the social and political consequences of London's white-hot real estate market and asks: what ever happened to the city that pioneered the modern ideal of social housing?
Justin McGuirk, domus, 30 July 2012

Make it in Great Britain event lacks the spark of inspiration
It’s about time British manufacturing got the recognition it deserved. The government’s Make it in Great Britain campaign shows politicians have finally woken up; not just to the need to grow our manufacturing sector, but also to the fact that we already have a world-class industry.
Stephen Harris, Engineer, 27 July 2012

The city roars back
Waning for decades, England’s big cities are growing fast again
Economist, 21 July 2012

How to fix the broken internet economy: START HERE
Tech and copyright – it's time to work together
Andrew Orlowski, Register, 13 July 2012

Move to open sky for Skylon spaceplane
The UK government says it is working to put in place the regulations that would license the operation of spaceplanes.
Jonathan Amos, BBC News, 11 July 2012

The Shard is the perfect metaphor for modern London
Expensive, off-limits and owned by foreign investors – the Shard extends the ways in which London is becoming more unequal
Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian, 25 June 2012

High society
From London’s Shard to the Shanghai Tower, skyscrapers are shooting up – with apartments on their highest floors
Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times, 9 June 2012

In Portugal, A Smart City From the Ground Up
he idea here is that when you start with a blank canvas, so to speak — rather than an organically growing city, with its various demands — you can build the innovation in from the ground floor, avoiding the urban planning mistakes of yesteryear.
Susan DeFreitas, Earth Techling, 6 June 2012

London, France's sixth biggest city
More French people live in London than in Bordeaux, Nantes or Strasbourg and some now regard it as France's sixth biggest city in terms of population. What is attracting a new generation of young French professionals to the city?
Lucy Ash, BBC News, 30 May 2012

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