Review of our fortnight of guest bloggers from the World Design Capital
Posted by Pivot Admin, 25.02.2014
Over the past two weeks we have had the pleasure of having guest bloggers from Cape Town World Design Capital 2014. We invited them to write about their city and the impact World Design Capital has had on promoting appreciation for the transformative role of design.
Seeking Local Designers to Make a Global Difference
Value Added in Africa Design Programme
Posted by Pivot Admin, 06.06.2013
Africa is changing. Economies are growing, middle classes forming, and solutions to poverty being creatively addressed. Entrepreneurship is flourishing, with many African co-operatives and SMEs moving away from reliance on raw materials to producing high-quality products for export. From Sole Rebels in Ethiopia to Sunflag in Tanzania, businesses across the continent are moving up the value chain of production, improving their livelihoods and communities in the process.
Local Asset Mapping_ Transforming Dublin into an age friendly place
by David Robinson via Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing
Posted by Pivot Admin, 02.05.2013
Over the last two weeks on PivotDublin we have read how Ireland is ageing, representing one of the greatest challenges and opportunities of our times. There is an international recognition that we will have to transform our cities into more age-friendly places. In today’s last post, I describe a preventive health project based in St James’ Hospital that will use existing community resources to effect this change in our part of the city.
The City of Dublin has launched plans for a new central City Library at Parnell Square. This new 21st century cultural hotspot will help launch the northern part of Dublin’s downtown as a new cultural quarter.
In times of financial crisis it’s hard to find money for new public buildings, particularly in the cultural scene and in a city like Dublin. What’s interesting about this project, initiated by Dublin’s City Architect Ali Grehan, is that it is financially made possible by a group of philanthropists. They will pay to make the plans and have committed to raise funding for the execution of the whole project. Peter Collins is Managing Director at Kennedy Wilson Europe. He represents the group of philanthropists that will pay for the massive building. We spoke to him about the library and asked him about philanthropy in urbanism.
The University of Chicago, including my medical practice, is located on Chicago’s South Side – about 5 miles south of the city’s vibrant center. The South Side is home to more than 860,000 people, about half of whom live in poverty.