culture

November 22, 2018

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are widely recognised as a powerful guide to feeling good and functioning well in our everyday lives. They are social as well as individual. But what if we look at them through the lens of place and our sense of belonging to a city, a town, or a neighbourhood? With

March 9, 2018

Space, peace and quiet are luxuries if you live in a city, and anywhere if resources are tight. But while we all need to get away from time to time, I’m resistant to the idea that tranquility has to be separate from rather than integral to urban life. Designed right, a city can offer places

August 28, 2017

There’s a scene in Michael Winterbottom’s 1999 film Wonderland when Gina McKee’s character Nadia takes the Night Bus home across the Thames from central London.  The image of a somewhat pensive young woman alone on the upper deck is exquisitely evocative of a certain time of night, time of life – and time of night