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New Right to Build Task Force to bring on large and affordable custom build – Custom Build Strategy
How Employers Impose Their Own Growth Boundaries – The American Conservative
Article mentions “the theory of the Favored Quarter”: the idea that high-end employers and the affluent do not disperse from the central city in all directions, but rather in one specific direction.
First look at Bognor Regis ‘masterplan’ – Bognor Regis Observer
20 year development plan underway at Shoreham port – Marine Link
Exploring the footsteps of the Indus civilisation – The Express Tribune
More on the Mohenjodaro conference
Trompe-l'œil pedestrian crossings - Otago Daily Times
Driverless cars could change urban landscape – Chicago Tribune
Includes a rendering of a street illustrating the possibility that driverless vehicles could be run on narrow strips of concrete – like a guided busway but without the guides – and the acres of tarmac replaced of porous greenspace.
California North Bay's Downtown Waterfront Master plan released fo consultation - Bay Today
Full details – City of North Bay
Abu Dhabi: all landscape and streetscape irrigation and fountain systems to be supplied by treated sewage effluent by the year 2030 – Middle East North Africa Financial Network
UK Business rates revaluation taxes high street retailers at the expense of internet giants
Daily Mail “Outrageous and unfair - BBC, biggest issue for small firms in London – The Guardian
Historic England takes issue with proposed Manchester Towers – Historic England
Winter Cities Shake-up conference addresses Edmonton’s northern urban experience – Vue Weekly alsoCBC Report
Conference covers a range of issues from mental health, psychology through to sidewalk snow clearance.
Great Yarmouth rail station area set for £2m makeover – Eastern Daily Press
Concern over proposed Sydney light rail missing Olympic park - Financial Review
Plans for Aberdeen town centre retail expansion mooted – Evening Press
8 Steps To Effective Urban Design – The Urban Developer
Wasted Urban Infrastructure: The City Of Detroit – Analysis – Eurasia Review
Leeds’s new post-trolleybus transport masterplan is ‘on the verge of being delivered to Ministers’ – Yorkshire Evening Post
Leeds – largest city in Europe without rapid transit system
New Green Belt atlas shows how much space England has left for housing – City Metric
It is not clear whether the author of this article has bought into the idea of developing around public transport nodes . View the maps
'East African Community Transport Corridors Vital' - All Africa
Panama seeks consultants to build out nascent metro system – Global Construction Review
University of Warwick to showcase Wellesbourne campus at MIPIM as innovation hub – Coventry Telegraph
Historic Paringa Park, South Australia, gets set for a makeover – South Coast Register
Air conditioning adds to urban heat island effect – Glasgow Herald
UK House Prices increased by 7.5 per cent in 2016 – UK Government
Royal Fine Art Commission £4000 Ideas Competition / Turn your Small Change into Big Money – RFAC
RFAC are looking for simple practical design changes in any of the three fields of urban design, architecture and highways/traffic management that would measurably improve quality of life.
University of Warwick to take hopes to develop Wellesbourne campus to MIPIM – Stratford Observer
Public consultation on pedestrianising central Taunton streets – Somerset County Gazette
Community leaders seek a ‘manifesto’ for Farnham - Farnham Herald
Nature Deficit Disorder – Telegraph
Rugely 300 home master plan – Staffordshire Newsletter
Town and District Council at odds over Didcot expansion – The Oxford Times
Urban renewal to revive Bangkok for its 250th birthday – Chanel News Asia
Bangkok will celebrate its 250th birthday in 2032 and efforts are being made to design its future.
Residents look to purchase Mount Pleasant site under “Community Right to Build – Architects Journal
Rotherham Council's plans to regenerate Forge Island by buying the land from Tesco – Insider Media
Town centre masterplan by WYG
800 homes plan for Inverness – around West Link Bypass -
Is this really the best way to design an urban by-pass? West Link simulation flypast
New air quality study finds that car drivers cause the most pollution in London – but are least exposed to it themselves – University of Surrey
No figures in this press release.
The Highline – oversold? - CityLab
Mostly used by white tourists?
Working hard to create a mini-Singapore - in Africa – Channel News Asia
Singaporeans are training teachers, planning towns and impacting the lives of communities in Rwanda, as profiled in the documentary Finding Singapore
Gardiner Off-Ramps Going, New Ramp and Park Coming – Urban Toronto
Another example of the North American movement to remove major urban flyovers
Phoenix Urban Design Week - Phoenix News
First 3D printed (foot) bridge opens in Spain – ArchDaily
Looks like a wax bridge that has been left in the sun.
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Defence College for Technical Training, Lyneham
Masterplanning and design of new Defence College for Technical Training. Creative re-use of disused military base including new build, refurbishment, conversion and landscape design.
The Defence College for Technical Training is currently under construction at Lyneham in Wiltshire, which when completed will create a joint college for Army, Navy and RAF. The first phase of the project involves approximately 150000m2 of new build and 150000m2 of refurbishment and conversion of the of the former RAF Lyneham as well as extensive civil and landscape works to create the required upgraded infrastructure and external training environment.
The design includes many innovative sustainability measures, not least the savings made in terms of cost, embodied energy and resources through the creative re-use of extensive areas of the existing estate. The AMEC design team undertook a thorough process of building and requirements analysis and consultation with end-users to determine a strategy for the effective re-use of buildings where this supported the creation of a first-class training environment. New buildings were carefully designed to complement the refurbishment and conversion of the existing estate, providing a combination of bespoke facilities and flexible new accommodation in a series of highly energy efficient buildings designed to create visual consistency across the site and helping to provide a campus-like environment.
The work completed by AMEC in securing planning permission for the college was commended by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West region as an example of ‘planning excellence’. Aside from the sheer scale of the application, the judges were particularly impressed by the quality of the technical work and the extent of stakeholder engagement undertaken despite working to a very tight programme.
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