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Event – The City as Canvas: Designing Creative Places – 28 Oct

The City as Canvas: Designing Creative Places- cities@manchester – Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 6.30pm

Contemporary cities serve as sites for a wide range of interventions by designers, ranging from informal graffiti and temporary installations to community murals and rearrangement of public spaces. Artists and designers have a critical role to play in making cities distinctive, attractive, liveable, and dynamic. In this urban forum – part of cities@manchester’s established series and the Design Manchester 2014 Festival – we will discuss the meaning of design interventions in Manchester and other cities.

Chaired by Andrew Karvonen, Lecturer in Architecture & Urbanism (University of Manchester)

Introduced by Malcolm Garrett RDI (Ambassador of DM14)


  • Garry Hunter – Curator, Writer
  • Michael Mayhew – Artist Curator, City Arcadia Coventry
  • David Rudlin – Urbanist, Urbed – Urbanism, Environment & Design
  • Jack Thompson – Technical Director, Manchester International Festival

Followed by drinks.

@citiesMCR #designmcr14

cities@manchester animated urbanism competition – winners

Our recent Animated Urbanism competition offered University of Manchester researchers, keen to disseminate their work to wider audiences, the opportunity to turn their findings into a short animation made by Toasted Productions.

We received a high volume of quality entries from across multiple academic disciplines. We are very pleased to announce the winners:

  • Federico Cugurullo: Unveiling the Eco-city phenomenon: is this the (urban) future?
  • Stephen Hincks: Uneven geographies of austerity urbanism
  • Deljana Iossifova: Shanghai: sanitation, differentiation and inequality
  • Chris Shannahan: Urban social exclusion and graffiti spiritualities
  • Erik Swyngedouw & Japhy Wilson: The post-political city and the insurgent polis

Check out the fantastic animations, along with the rest of the series, on the cities@manchester website: www.cities.manchester.ac.uk/resources/animation/

Posted on behalf of Laura Partridge, Co-ordinator, cities@manchester

cities@manchester – Instagram photography competition

Are you affected by recent cuts in public services? Are they worsening your standard of living or the quality of your life? Or have you found new ways of taking control of things in your community to make things better? Can you convey what these recent changes mean to you in a single image?

If so we invite you to enter our Austerity Greater Manchester Instagram photography competition.

For further details on how to enter, including the terms and conditions please see the cities@manchester webpage: www.cities.manchester.ac.uk/events/competitions/austerity/

Twitter: @citiesMCR  #austerityGtrMcr