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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This report looks at the growing private ownership and management of the public realm and argues that a quiet revolution in landownership, replicating Victorian patterns, is just beginning.
Anna Minton, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
The UN’s sustainable development goals can’t be achieved unless more funding goes to data and statistics, says new report.
Sarah Shearman, Guardian, 28 September 2015
Who cares if killing those jihadis was legal? The question is: was it right?
Luke Gittos, spiked, September 2015
Recent reports focus on weakening Green Belt protection to allow greater freedom for large housebuilders. However, the arguments within these reports are based on a highly selective reading of the relevant evidence, and give little consideration to the wide range of benefits provided by Green Belt policy. These myths urgently need to be challenged.
Campaign to Protect Rural England, August 2015
The forthcoming 24-hour tube will make London more accessible for night time culture, but restrictive licensing and development policy seem to clash with that sentiment?
Richard Brown, Londonist, 24 June 2015
Killjoy bureaucrats are regulating clubbing out of existence.
David Bowden, spiked, 18 June 2015
The quest for robotic cars is underwritten by a suspicion of humanity.
Norman Lewis, spiked, 20 April 2015
Ultimately, it’s not only about how much a city has by way of streets, but also what a city – and its residents – do with them.
Greg Scruggs, Next City, 7 January 2015
James Woudhuysen, spiked, December 2014
The cost of Joanna Lumley’s idea has risen to £175m so far and the impact on the surrounding area will be horrendous
Rowan Moore, Guardian, 22 November 2014
High and low culture: separated at birth?
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast