Articles by Robert-Huxford

Download Urban Update 23 October 2015   National Urban Design Conference Reports    Paul Osborne of LHC Architecture and Urbanism reports on the session  - Creating profit...
Download Urban Update 16 October 2015   Comparing House Builders’ approaches to Urban Design A pilot study to understand its role and value to the industry Major Research report...
Download Urban Update 8 October 2015   Design and Value Design South East Conference explores the links A century ago East Kent was flourishing.  It had had a major tourist industry with...
EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING Nominations for the third Solent Design Awards are now open.   The third biennial Solent Design Awards are once again looking for stunning buildings, places or spaces...
The Farrell Review The Review was launched in March 2013.  Over the coming months many people contributed ideas and suggestions.  Members of the Urban Design Group Network provided over 30...
What We Do and Do Not Know about the physical benefits of Urban Trees A Fund4Trees (F4Ts) research project by the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) Introduction: state of research to date Some...
Paper on Hexagonal Planning - by Noulan Cauchon - published around 1930. Page 1   2   3   4   There is a further paper on Hexagonal Planning which is much easier to...
Download printable PDF   INTERNATIONAL URBAN DESIGN NEWS Australia Malcolm Snow to head National Capital Authority Mr Snow has won the Australian Award for urban design three times. http://www....
Download pdf version International Urban Design NewsEuropePerception survey of quality of life in 79 European CitiesMost people are very satisfied with their city, but there are low levels of...
Urban Update 30th December - pdf download     International Urban Design News   Australia Sydney Design Awards http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/winners-announced-for-the-...
Download the edition here   International Urban Design News   China Sustainable Urban Prototype - Green Health City in Hainan http://www.talkitect.com/2013/06/sustainable-urban-prototype-...
Sample 3500 - unclear as to whether the group was robustly selected or not. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/03/19/what-kind-of-home-do-people-re... Preferred region: South West, 30%; South East...
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Key results 1.What should be included in the guidance to support the National Planning Policy Framework Answer Options Vital Important Moderately important Not important Objectives...
SPUD 5x5 is an innovative project to inolve young people in the future of their areas, developed and run for the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire.  Adults often think young people want a...
Bradford City Council's stunning City Park scheme has been voted joint winner of the 2013 National Urban Design Awards - public sector category.  Comments by voters included City park...
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Theme for 2012: Active Urban Design: Physical activity and urban design   What is urban design week? Urban Design Week is an annual National event that champions urban design by promoting and...
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/health-benefits-cycling-city/health-benefits-cycling-city.pdf Based on interviews of individuals on their attitudes and possible intentions.
The speech covers innovations such as routing, safety improvements including the prospect of virtually uncrashable cars by 2030.  http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/speeches/greening-20120425a/...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20120517a/
http://www.communities.gov.uk/multimedia/newsroom/2133945
Seasonally adjusted house building starts in England stood at 24,140 in the March quarter 2012. This is 11 per cent lower than in the December quarter 2011. Completions (seasonally adjusted)...
The Growth Cities Network has been formed to promote the case for more powers for England’s mid-sized cities and is in discussions with ministers to establish how they can contribute better to...
Communities report being overwhelmed by the amount of engagement with service providers that comes with their participation, yet they remain underwhelmed by the 'quality' of this engagement...
Research shows that street furniture, barriers, parks, public spaces and neighbourhood architecture can stir up powerful emotions in local residents. This should be taken into account in programmes...
The percentage of the poorest Chinese who say they are satisfied with their lives has fallen more than 23 percentage points. Only 42 percent of Chinese people in the lowest income bracket reported...
"Study found that exposure to higher levels of air pollution made the blood more likely to clot. For someone who already has heart disease, this could possibly trigger a heart attack." http...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18066615 Construction is achieved using prefabricated wall and floor-cieling components.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144613/Pictures-Dubai-1960s-1970s-city-fishing-settlement.html
20 cartoons from the past decade by the famous Daily Telegraph cartoonist. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/9054056/Top-20-Matt-cartoons-on-property.html
The Urban Design Group in association with AIM Risk Services has developed a bespoke suite of insurance covers including a Professional Indemnity, Office Contents, Public Liability, Employer’s...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17963888 - public disillusioned with poltical leadership - publc focussed on short term issues, rather than long term - public not interested in governance, or...
http://citymayors.com/mayors/perth-mayor-scaffidi.html
Chemicals which disrupt the hormone system found in food, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, household products and cosmetics – also known as 'endocrine disrupting chemicals' (EDCs)...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/26/earth-population-consumption-disasters
"Scientists hope to use the new 'town' to research innovations in renewable energy as well as intelligent traffic systems and next generation wireless networks." http://www....
The 24 Zones include the Sheffield City Region, Northampton, New Anglia, Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough etc. Local Development Orders are available to local authorities to establish a...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/guideprotectedtrees Main changes: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/2127685.pdf
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17665397 There is no doubt that there is a huge amount of light pollution, and among the most intrusive is high level main road lighting.  However the method use to...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/14/obesity-crisis-doctors-fastfood-deals-ban
Research in Scotland published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity has reported that walking had a "large effect" on depression.  The paper "Walking for depression...
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/walking/2012/04/why_don_t_americans_w...
What's Next for High Streets- Rob Cowan http://www.urbandesignskills.com/blog/post/4f70aad3c19ba   The Future of the High Street - Ben van Bruggen http://www.vburbandesign.com/1/post/...
Just over one third of the households in Great Britain are single person.  In Sweden the figure is 47% and in Norway 40%.  The proportion seems to be higher in affluent countries, and in...
Factors cited include work-life balance, respect given to children, cycle paths that connect with the countryside, and an attractive city centre. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/...
Includes seats, benches, bike tables - some very interesting examples. http://weburbanist.com/2012/03/12/city-seats-14-examples-of-unconventional-urban-furniture/ Spotted by Graham Smith
Article in the Telegraph by Tom Bolton http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9197314/Londons-lost-rivers-the-hidden-history-of-the-citys-buried-waterways.html
People living on their own use nearly double the amount of antidepressants compared with people living with others. For women living alone in poor quality accommodation is the main risk factor; for...
Link established with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the blood. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-03-prenatal-exposure-combustion-related-pollutants-anxiety.html Sources are - vehicles,...
Link established with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the blood. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-03-prenatal-exposure-combustion-related-pollutants-anxiety.html Sources are - vehicles,...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/nesc-njf031412.php
With parts of England enjoying a spectacular, but drought ridden spring, one asks what causes the timing of plants coming into bloom. Flowering is activated by a special molecule, called Florigen....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17488450
The proportion of shops in Britain lying empty has hit a new record of 14.6% according to the Local Data Company http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17478331
New towns to 'disfigure' UK: Fury over move to ditch 60 years of planning law in bid to construct new garden cities http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117393/New-towns-disfigure-UK-Fury...
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669107/make-way-high-line-former-nasa-engineer-kickstarts-low-line-underground-park
http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=1F6DE0AE-A313-D96D-5DA8-AB57C583EF38
"I reviewed “Top 10 cities” from four business magazines......Regardless of their size and regional settings, there is a common theme among cities making the “best cities...
A view from Canda http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/healthier-building-and-city-design/4806
http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/debate-rages-of-city-design-and-liveability/story-e6frg2ru-1226295287389
http://www.sciencewa.net.au/topics/technology-a-innovation/item/1289-perth-cbd-evolving-to-be-more-pedestrian-friendly
A new civic group in San Jose hopes to improve the city's aesthetic and cultural quality by advocating for better architecture, more urban street design, interesting public spaces and convenient...
http://www.property-magazine.eu/masterplan-for-marseille-s-old-port-displayed-20120.html
http://www.property-magazine.eu/masterplan-for-marseille-s-old-port-displayed-20120.html
http://www.chesterfieldpost.co.uk/public_services/mp_politics/mp_news_00000263.html
http://www.yellowad.co.uk/news.cfm?id=8869&headline=Southend%20named%20UK%E2%80%99s%20best%20public%20realm
http://www.midulstermail.co.uk/news/business/consultation-period-extended-for-town-s-public-realm-scheme-1-3603960
£15m of new funding for sustainable travel projects across the country that will promote economic growth and cut carbon. This is in addition to the £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund...
A succession of digs over fifteen years, plot by plot, has revealed the full details Arcy-Romance near the modern-day city of Rheims.  Arcy-Ramance was a small Gallic settlement inhabited...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2113692/The-car-hit-pedestrians-Safety-Volvo-outside-airbag-reduce-impact.html
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/cycling-city-and-towns-end-of-programme-reports/
14-month initiative at the the Museum of Modern Art examines new architectural possibilities for American cities and suburbs   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2109697/Redesigning-...
Woman cyclist was killed by rear wheels of lorry at Kings Cross, at a place where the lane width was less that TfL's own guidance. No charges have been brought in the case and any decision rests...
http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/HIT-BRAKES/story-15430103-detail/story.html%20#20splenty The 20s Plenty for Us movement is now at a point where a number of main local authorities have adopted area-...
Neighbourhood Planning Pilots News from Lubenham, Worth, Ripon, and London South Bank http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/neighbo...   Trailling Neighbourhood...
Forty-five percent of persons living in the most deprived areas want to move home, compared to 29% in the least deprived areas. Individuals living in urban areas have a higher preference for moving...
http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=16117 Unfortunately the article says nothing more than that a series of books is being published, and that they are really interesting.  
Middle classes benefit most from higher education expansion: A healthy teenager is a happy teenager: Do you know where your child is? Why are so many young people unemployed? http://research....
People's personalities can change considerably over time, say scientists The University of Manchester and London School of Economics and Political Science suggesting that leopards really can...
SOAs are tiny particles that are formed in air and make up typically 40 percent to 60 percent of the aerosol mass in urban environments. Fine-particle pollution can cause human health effects, such...
Sampe: over 500 men and women of the age of 40.   Women who spent the longest time sitting had higher levels of insulin, as well as higher amounts of C-reactive protein and chemicals...
Young people who never drank any alcohol were between four and six times more likely to have higher levels of happiness than those who reported any alcohol consumption. Youth who smoked were about...
The overall sense of control that comes with power tends to make people feel overconfident in their ability to make good decisions. Studies suggest that that power leads to a feeling of over-...
Depression affects 1 in 10 persons in the USA.  For several years, researchers have seen links between depression and inflammation, or over-activation of the immune system. People with...
The study, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, examined almost 200 years of data on the evolution of the road network in an area north of Milan, called Groane.  Researchers used...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/communities/about/buildingsafercommunities...
Article suggests that hill forts, rather than being centres of power, were simply refuges for elderly people and children, during times of unrest. http://www.heritagedaily.com/2012/02/warfare-in-iron...
A challenge by the City of Regina to reinvent urban design with two prizes   The 2040 Prize Challenges individuals and firms to transform a neighbourhood and its systems, step by step, to...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/8953597/Graphic-the-decline-of-the-British-high-street.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102531/At-14-shops-day-shutting-Britains-high-streets-shoppers-hunt-bargains-online-stores-retail-parks.html   A totally misleading headline: no account...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/architecture/9090312/Pugin-the-man-who-made-the-Steam-Age-medieval.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/26/will-hutton-london-cities-economy
Creeping Juniper, Blue Spruce, Common Holly, Giant Rhubarb, Golden Bamboo, Chinese Jujube, Firethorn Pyracantha 'Orange Glow', Shrub Rose, Pencil Christmas Tree, Juniper, Purple Berberis,...
An interesting article, showing the powerful effect urbanisation and victory of artificial light over darkness may have profoundly changed human behaviour patterns. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/...
http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=105002
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ctxP6Dp8Bk
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17144863 fuller account http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3329890.ece
http://nrs.fs.fed.us/news/release/urban-forests-lose-ground The benefits derived from urban trees provide a return three times greater than tree care costs, as much as $2,500 in environmental...
Urban birds sing louder and at higher frequencies than their country cousins in order to rise above the predominantly low-frequency background noise of urban environments. http://news.ku.dk/all_news/...
Biosocial research is a multi-disciplinary way of studying antisocial behavior which involves aspects of behavioral genetics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and developmental psychology....
http://www.drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2012/February/Engineers-Develop-Cement-With-97-Percent-Smaller-Carbon-Dioxide-and-Energy-Footprint/
These compounds are used or have been used in a variety of consumer products and industrial processes such as impregnation, textiles, carpets and fire-fighting foam http://www.fhi.no/eway/default....
Why do some people behave morally while others do not?  For decades, sociologists have posited that individual behavior results from cultural expectations about how to act in specific situations...
Meticulous mapping and excavations at an ancient cave in the Yucatan Peninsula are revea;omg how the city of Xcoch - dating from around 800 BC and featuring a great pyramid and other...
Airborne gases get sucked into stubborn smog particles from which they cannot escape. The results could explain a problem identified in recent years: Computer models long used by the U.S....
Jamming monitors have so far been placed at around 20 locations in the UK. At one particular location that has been monitored continuously for the past 6 months over 60 individual jamming incidents...
Strategies for combating obesity and keeping dogs fit and healthy include portion control, increased exercise and diets specifically formulated for overweight pet. http://www.eurekalert.org/...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/wsu-sap021512.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9086620/Damien-Hirst-to-build-500-eco-homes.html
http://www.cpre.org.uk/media-centre/latest-news-releases/item/2732-economic-case-for-planning-reforms-debunked
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2099547/Leeds-City-Council-faces-corporate-manslaughter-charges-man-crushed-lorry.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16943729 ...in relation to fraud that is....
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/01/9982
Local communities and businesses could be given control of decisions and budgets for major local transport schemes in their areas, under proposals announced for consultation.  The new system...
2012 consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England: Section one - Introduction to the consultation package and proposals on Parts A, B, C, K, M and N, Access Statements, security,...
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/01/Planning27012012
‎http://www.healthimpactproject.org/news/in/portland-tribune-county-may-look-at-health-impacts-of-bus-transfers
The forum will focus on making the nation’s biggest cities and regional centres more productive, sustainable and liveable.  Chaired by the Secretary of the Department of...
Article criticises San Francisco for failing to deal with homelessness by any other means than removing outdoor seating. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/in-san-francisco-a-push-for-public-...
Article in the Scotsman demonstrates that there is a hard business case for investing in the public realm. http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/historic-sites/...
Manchester City Council on 31 January voted unanimously for a motion suppporting the introduction of 20mph speed limits using signs alone. http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/ It joins a...
Press comment Rowan Moore - Guardian - triumph for the 'shared space' movement http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/jan/29/exhibition-road-rowan-moore-review?newsfeed=true Simon...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20120130/
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2074818
Mr Pickles was speaking at a conference on markets and town centres, and extolling their virtues. The Love Your Local Market fortnight will be held from 23 June to 8 July http://www.communities.gov....
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/lettercontractingout
Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization by Colin McEvedy The book observes that cities seemed then to have a lifespan of around 1000 years before...
Previous studies have focused on the cost of pollution-related worsening of existing asthma cases such as hospitalisations.  This new study published in the European Respiratory Journal...
New research launched by the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne will give buildings owners across Melbourne access to information that can help their buildings absorb less heat and...
World Health Organization figures show that up to 60% of males in Arab countries and up to 70% of females are overweight and obese The explanations include rapid urbanisation and ubiquitous travel by...
http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/being-ignored-hurts-even-by-a-stranger.html A research assistant walked along a well-populated path, picked a subject, and either met that...
http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/the-amygdala-and-fear-are-not-the-same-thing.html It has been suggested that in the visual pathway between the eye and the amygdala lies...
http://www.cnu.org/sites/www.cnu.org/files/sustainable_street_network_principles_op.pdf
Some important research from Whether liberal vs conservative views on the world are hard-wired in the brain Researchers found that conservatives reacted most strongly to negative images, and...
http://www.concordia.ca/now/media-relations/news-releases/20120126/what-are-friends-for-negating-negativity.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16775264
Ultra fine plastic fibres released during clothes washing are entering the sewage system and ultimately the sea.  Here they are ingested and can enter animal cells.  "Some polyester...
https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?hl=en&sig=ACi0TCglCKn_o-NM6SnyPQWc1h0rjF7ioA_WmYFr2as_118RswmBo5XI4xTZU-...
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/britains-canals-and-rivers-get-new-lease-of-life-with-funding-pledge-6296316.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2093067/How-Chinese-building-exact-replicas-Austrian-village--houses-sold.html
1 - the legally defined city? 2 - the extent of the urbanised area? 3 - the metropolitian area - the area of the city's influence? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16761784
http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/development-control/displayarticle.asp?ID=83960
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-16699069
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12024/1205523-437.stm
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-03/main-document.pdf
"The Government is freeing-up cities from the control of Whitehall to unlock their potential as engines of growth through a series of 'city deals' from the spring, giving them the powers...
A4 poster - print out - and enjoy a cup of coffee while you read it and reflect on the importance to urban living of this $60 billion industry. http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/...
http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/road_rage_at_driverless_cars_it_s_possible
Article by Daniel Bell (co author of "Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age") "The challenge is to combine the advantages of urban life with the sense of community found...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/21/rise-megacity-live Graphic http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2012/01/21/urban2.jpg
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019fxb3
http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/2598086
http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/stories/dft-news-20120116/
The rules on predetermination have been clarified freeing councillors to express their opinions on issues of local importance without the fear of legal challenge. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/...
The Mayor of Lancaster, Los Angeles County has introduced bird recordings from England, and for the past 10 months has had his city play them over 70 speakers along a half mile of Lancaster...
http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/street-makeovers-put-new-spin-on-the-block-38926/
http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/street-makeovers-put-new-spin-on-the-block-38926/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087094/Gardens-Eden-The-heavenly-horticulture-blossoming-roofs-high-city.html
http://www.nooga.com/153102/a-new-vision-for-patten-parkway-presented-to-the-public/ What is the Urban Design Challenge Local urban design teams have been tapped to create the best future for...
http://www.keysnet.com/2012/01/14/413359/city-planner-pushes-more-coordination.html
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2011/12/architecture-and-urban-design-forecast-for-2012-.html
http://www.carrickfergustimes.co.uk/news/business/2_5m_town_centre_revamp_1_3413233
The presence of rib lesions points to pulmonary inflammation caused by a combination of wood fires, and oil lamps, noted.   the study also draws conclusion about the population profile....
This document explains how the Government is putting civic leaders, residents, local businesses and civil society organisations in the driving seat drive the regeneration of their area, strengthen...
US-based Healthy Cities Institute explores how the physical environment of a place can affect health and well-being . http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/01/how-make-city-healthy/934/
"Underpriced parking not only increases automobile dependence but is also environmentally damaging to construct and maintain. We hope that our life-cycle assessment will help planners and public...
A study Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking  by Marlon G. Boarnet, Kenneth Joh, Walter Siembab, William Fulton, and Mai Thi Nguyen finds that "the number of businesses per acre is...
http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/design-for-living-gary-hustwits-design-trilogy/1000810384/
http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/9468681.Demolition_plan_for_controversial_Valley_Centre_in_Rawtenstall/
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/business/local-business/the_600m_question_1_4132807
Untreatable tuberculosis, the nemesis of high-density living, has returned. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21350-totally-drugresistant-tb-at-large-in-india.html
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16490565 This may well be a so called "disruptive technology", which brings about substantial social change.  By making internet use far easier and...
http://www.dublincity.ie/Press/PressReleases/PRDec11/Pages/YourCityYourSpaceDraftDublinCityPublicRealmStrategyOutdoorAdvertisingStrategy.aspx
Irish Times article criticises council for hypocrisy over draft public realm strategy.   http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0104/1224309779091.html
http://www.build.ie/construction_news.asp?newsid=137992
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2012/01/frank-gehry-city-building/900/
Will past successes in recovering major urban road infrastructure to become part of the city continue? http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/01/tricky-second-wave-urban-highway-removals/897/...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/hs2-economic-case-appraisal-update
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2054393
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2057624
An editorial in the BMJ raises the issue of an "exponential" increase in crashes (resulting in injury and death) linked to a rise in speed limits.  In the US, higher speed limits...
The HIA highlighted the health benefits the light rail offers through increased access to transit, which connects people to grocery stores, doctors’ offices, and other services. It would also...
Major depressive disorder affects nearly one in 10 adults in the U.S.  UT Southwestern researchers examined the results of almost 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010.  ...
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A study of 4,000 African American women living in Los Angeles has found that the risk of diabetes increased by a significant 24 percent, and the risk of hypertension by 11 percent, for each 12 ppb...
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2011/12/worst-in-architecture-and-design-for-2011.html many examples ranging from advertising through to poor provision of parks affecting half of...
Colour photos of London, Paris, USA, Taj Mahal from one hundred years ago. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080480/Bygone-times-The-incredible-colour-photos-capture-world-brink-permanent-...
The women claims that her car, a BMW, is not designed to travel at 20mph, and will seek compensation from Lancashire County Council if a 20mph limit is introduced. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/01/housing-benefits-cuts-rents-study
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/12/15154546/0
DECC have published a 2050 Energy Futures Calculator on the DECC website, that allows you to calculate the costs of the energy strategy of your choice: from conservation to all-nuclear. Needless to...
Scotland - Orkney leads East Renfrewshire, Orkney, Aberdeen, East Lothian, East Dunbartonshire, Moray, the Borders and Perth and Kinross. - Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey http://www.bbc.co....
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/13070 University of Buffalo Research
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-12-link-pulmonary-inflammation-diesel-exhaust.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/methane-discovery-stokes-new-global-warming-fears-shock-as-retreat-of-arctic-releases-greenhouse-gas-6276278.html
Research at the University of Florida, shows that people who are maximisers, when it comes to decision making, can bring on themselsves stress and unhappiness.  Their desire to make the best...
Survey of students in US suggests that an explanation for the low rate of marriage is the fear of divorce, and a fear of economic dependency on the other partner, and few benefits if "things go...
PrimeLocation surveyed 5000 people. Detached house, with good views and a large garden, with access to countryside walks is the preference for 57 percent of those surveyed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/cheeky-bicycle-rack-in-london-shows-exactly-how-much-room-a-car-takes-up.html?campaign=weekly_nl
Lit Up: an LED lighting field trial - by the Energy Saving Trust suggests that LEDs will dominate the market by 2015. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16199552 http://www....
Electricity bills to rocket by 25% because of 'green' targets, says Government - The Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2074299/Electricity-bills-rocket-25-green-targets-say-...
http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/mcu/urbandesign/index.aspx   http://www.urbandesign.gov.au/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8955027/Britain-a-nation-of-online-shoppers.html Sixth annual International Communications Market report Smart phone ownership 46 percent in August 2011....
Research has found that people who have attempted the four year "Knwoledge" course - on the layout and landmarks of London, had significant differences in the posterior hippocampus - those...
Concern raised at biocides reaching watercourses at harmful levels. "The biocides that reached a river basin in Switzerland did so in extremely small concentrations—30 nanograms per...
The costs of solar photovoltaic energy are substantially lower than believed, according to researchers at MTU - price of solar cell panels has fallen by 70 percent since 2009 - the life expectancy...
Research by funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council has concluded that over one million older people experience poor social relations and social exclusion. Shift workers also spend less...
  Put in place a “Town Team”: a visionary, strategic and strong operational management team for high streets Empower successful Business Improvement Districts to take on more...
Britain's traffic signs look as they do because of the work of designers Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert in the 1960s. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15990443
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15820069 BBC Review article looking at technologies including adaptive speed control and collision avoidance radar.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/8948621/Ambitious-Mary-Portas-report-aims-to-bring-shoppers-back-to-high-streets.html recommendations are thought to include - tax on...
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/features/walk-on-the-wild-side-pedestrians-could-soon-be-given-equal-footing-with-cars-6273707.html  
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/lib-dems-send-clegg-back-to-drawing-board-on-planning-law-6272823.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/aug/16/riots-poverty-map
The maps show graphically current levels of groundwater across the USA.  They are based on satellite measurement of fine changes in gravitational attraction, as a pair of satellites passes over...
A paper published in Science reports on an analysis of molecules from algae deposited on the ocean floor. The team estimate that there was a 40 percent CO2 decrease over a three million year period,...
Evolutionary psychologists have postulated that prejudice against "out groups" may in part originate from a fear of catching disease.  Experiments have to some extent confirmed that...
On average, fossil fuel emissions have risen by 3.1 per cent each year between 2000 and 2010 – three times the rate of increase during the 1990s. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/...
http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/images/publications/pdfs/Cities_for_Growth_-_Nov__11.pdf
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/accessible-train-station-design/accessible-train-station-design-cop.pdf
Taken as a whole, the most significant infrastructure-related risk factors for cyclists in single vehicle incidents on highways appear to be; slippery road (due to weather), and poor or defective...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/strategic-rail-freight-interchange
Avon longitudinal study of parents and children: Exposure to injury risk in the road environment and reported road traffic injuries in 16-year-olds http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/avon-...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/statements/corporate/2041956
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068659/The-underground-motorway-Germans-plan-cover-Europes-longest-autobahns-giant-PARK.html
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2036698
http://www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/communities/2039793
http://www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/communities/2039793
"75 per cent of factors that influence people’s health occur outside the healthcare system. An article in the Globe and Mail suggests that the key to getting Canadians healthier is to...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-video/8922159/Londons-Millbank-tower-collapses-in-spectacular-Nokia-Lumia-light-show.html
A review article tracking the recent history of urban thinking.... covering... Mega projects - eg Highline http://www.thehighline.org/ Beltine - of green park, new develoment and a rapid transit...
http://m.theage.com.au/national/laptoptoters-changing-shape-of-urban-design-20111127-1o1gl.html
http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/11/29/14031-urban-planning-architecture-books-atop-hawaii-governors-desk/ An example of a civic leader with an appreciation of urban design and the long term...
http://www.timesofoman.com/innercat.asp?detail=52458&rand=
Two-step project has begun with a consulting team who will look at urban design and landscaping guidelines for the entire city before moving onto detailed streetscaping guidelines. http://www....
Researchers at Dartmouth College suggest in a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of a rating scale to score the extent to which photographs of people have...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15888124 This BBC magazine speculates that the downfall of the 1950s and 60s tower block was a combination of poor design, poor construction (including buildings...
Researchers at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM, Spain) have created "shadow models" and a type of software that calculates the amount of solar radiation that reaches streets and...
A study of Norwegian cities suggests that suggest that a one-hour extension of bar closing hours led to an increase of an average of 20 violent cases at night on weekends per 100,000 people per year...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/housing-network/2011/nov/29/disabled-tenants-inaccessible-housing?INTCMP=SRCH
Mercer Quality of Living Survey has been published http://www.mercer.com/press-releases/quality-of-living-report-2010   Glasgow named as top city for personal security http://www.heraldscotland....
Plain English Guide http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/localismplainenglishupdate http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/localismbill/
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/housingstrategy2011   Graham Smith has provided this analysis of terms used in the document urban design - 1 mention design - 103 architecture...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/accessible-train-station-design Resources published by the Department for Transport
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/tal-5-11
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/alternatives-to-travel/next-steps.pdf
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2064106/Why-living-city-makes-fat-infertile-blind-depressed-causes-cancer.html An article that draws together some of the research that has been developing...
A story from the University of Alberta of grandiose development dreams falling prey to economic dynamics, and lack of democratic process http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uoa--ovc112211....
http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2011/UR_CONTENT_363946.html
The urban parks studied had average noise levels ranging between 62 and 72 decibels (dB); squares, between 54.5 and 62 dB, and university campuses, between 53 and 58.5 dB. The lowest average levels...
Members of the public in Sheffield and Manchester were shown images of how their local areas could be developed in the future and were asked to state how much more they would be willing to pay for...
Unfortunately this research, although potentially of great interest, has been reported in a way that it is difficult to draw conclusions.. http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2011/11/more-...
Univeristy of Sheffield studies of the river Don show that in hot weather and during the daytime, the river has a significant cooling effect. Computer modelling techniques have been used to redesign...
Projections by Northwestern University USA have predicted that: In 2020, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women will be overweight or obese. In 2020, 77 percent of men and 53 percent of women...
The study found that obesity in adulthood has the greatest adverse consequences when the individuals as children had a relatively low body mass index. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/...
The Commission's Action points (Full details elaborated in "Summary for Policy Makers" document at http://www.ccafs.cgiar.org/commission) Integrate food security and sustainable...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/15/mongolia-ice-shield-geoengineering
The Telegraph reports that the figures were based on CBI estimates that themselves are nearly 20 years old.   The RTPI said “We don’t think there is any evidence, that planning...
Annual housing supply in England amounted to 121,200 net additional dwellings in 2010-11. This is a 6 per cent decrease on the 128,680 net additional homes supplied in the previous year, and compares...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/mayorsconsultation Consultation closes 3 January 2012.
They coin the term neuroarchitecture. They pose the quesiton why there is so much focus on the development of environments for children and so little on the elderly http://www.eurekalert.org/...
The genetic predisposition to obesity due to the 'fat mass and obesity associated' (FTO) gene can be substantially reduced by living a physically active lifestyle. Medical Research Council...
The study reports that people are healthier, much more likely to be educated beyond secondary level, more likely to be married, but also that there are more people who are lonely. http://www....
The software enables the simulation of different parking arrangements and pricing structures and the impact on traffic flows.  The authors also suggest that many major cities make two main...
An example here of the apparent difficulty experienced by people who write press releases of conveying useful information. One has to find and read the abstract for useful information. Relationship...
Article reports on wind tunnel testing and modelling which has led to the development of formulae and methods that have been adopted in the national code of China and a local load code and have...
The goal of the Smart City-Smart Village initiative is to improve everything from energy use to healthcare, education, traffic and shopping by doing it "smart" with the help of ICT. http://...
Identify subpopulations that contribute most to environmental degradation and those that are most vulnerable to its consequences. In poor countries especially, these subpopulations are readily...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-10/uof-gmp102611.php
Motorists decde whether or not to share - eye contact is not significant the willingness of a motorist to give way to others decreases with increasing speed, and falling away particularly after...
The first Zebra Crossing was opened in Slough, Berkshire, on 31st October 1951 The sources below suggest that the Zebra may be phased out in favour of other more expensive signalised crossings....
Over two thirds of households that own 2 or more cars use their garages for general storage. http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=148487
http://urbanizedfilm.com/trailer/   Review in the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/oct/25/urbanized-documentary-design-7-billion?newsfeed=true
Crime reports / by street http://www.police.uk/   Collisions / by location http://www.crashmap.co.uk/   Listed Buildings / by location http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/   MAGIC...
Encourage the elderly out of big houses Freestyle planning Contain population growth Force landlords to sell or let empty properties Ban second homes Guarantee mortgage payments Live with extended...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9617577.stm
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2011/10/ohio-highway-cap-at-forefront-of-urban-design-trend-retail-complex-atop-columbus-expressway-offers-m.html Columbus, Ohio retail units are...
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228354.500-revealed--the-capitalist-network-that-runs-the-world.html
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/10/bangkok-could-be-flooded-for-a.html   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/8852807/Floods-reach-Bangkok-Thailand...
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228352.200-climate-known-sea-level-is-going-to-rise-many-metres.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051067/Killer-tree-disease-Phytophthora-lateralis-arrives-Plymouth.html http://www.forestry.gov.uk/phytophthora
https://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=17780
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/10/26/destroying-houses-to-save-cities/a-vision-beyond-rebuilding
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/us/suburban-poverty-surge-challenges-communities.html?_r=3&hp
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/14/guatemala-city-women-single-sex-buses
  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8829081/One-in-ten-avoid-public-transport-due-to-hygiene-fears.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/global-warning-climate-sceptics-are-winning-the-battle-2368617.html
http://www.crashmap.co.uk/Search
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/coastal-erosion-can-a-retail-guru-save-margate-2368048.html
On the list are Calgary Eindhoven The Hepworth, Wakefield Upton Rome (in Roman times) http://www.guardian.co.uk/what-future-urban-living/model-urban-developments-design-cities
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15208873
Here is a collection of thoughts on the NPPF that have been developed by a number urban design pracitioners over recent weeks.  Why not add your thoughts at the discussion box below?...
http://www.koreaherald.com/entertainment/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111006000636
Urban Network Analysis toolbox - aims to gain more rigorous insight into how a city’s shape - its configuration of streets and buildings - affects how it is used, and to marshal massive amounts...
A study by researchers at the  University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin  uses data from the ISR Panel Study of Income Dynamics to follow 2,093 children...
Urban trees of the Greater London Authority (GLA) area remove somewhere between 850 and 2000 tonnes of particulate pollution (PM10) from the air every year. This work is part of the wider EU BRIDGE (...
University of California, looked at 100,000 births occuring within 5 miles of air quality monitoring stations. Traffic-related air pollution, especially polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), is...
The buildings at Göbekli, a hilltop just outside of the Turkish city of Urfa, were found in 1995 by Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute and colleagues from the ?anl?urfa Museum in...
Research at the University of British Columbia on workplace sabotage..... people experiencing feelings of envy were significantly more likely to report committing sabotage when experiencing weak...
Pickles pledges support for high streets Doubled small business rate relief.Over the past twelve months, half a million firms have benefited including high street shops, newsagents and cafés....
In 2010-11, 86 per cent of people thought their community was cohesive, agreeing that their local area was a place where people from different backgrounds got on well together. The level was higher...
"I think there is real potential to provide some of this new housing in garden cities if we get the two most important elements right: private investment and community ownership." http://...
The research identifies: Logical persuasion, (LP) - where the appeal is by presenting facts Non-rational influence (NI)  – where the play is to the emotions And the research found that it...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/ecjr-sii092111.php
This is possibly a counter intuitive finding, as one might expect that in a large community the possibility of finding a more diverse range of possible friends increases.  In fact people find...
LED white lights were found to be five times and Metal halide lights three times more powerful in suppressing melatonin production than High Pressure Sodium light http://www.eurekalert.org/...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14949188
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14916238
Daily Telegraph... Key numbers… 740,000 number of empty homes in the UK, a quarter of them in London and the south east http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8745367/Hands-Off-...
The Love where you live scheme is also supported by organisations such as Imperial Tobacco and chewing gum makers Wrigley's http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041319/Council-gives-McDonalds...
This overview report signals a change in Government policy which for a number of years has viewed light rail with a certain scepticism owing to cost.  It heralds a "UKTram" report...
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/09/22152925
The three-bedroom houses surveyed were found to have 77% of the recommended minimum space RIBA propose that floor area is included in property marketing material http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...
The shopping centre contains 300 shops, 70 restaurants, a 14-screen cinema, three hotels, a bowling alley and the UK's largest casino.  To date 95 percent of the space has been let. http://...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/slum-uk-housing-crisis-that-shames-the-nation-2351015.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-slum-supersheds-housing-britains-most-vulnerable-residents-2351022.html
http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/communities/pdf/1973312.pdf
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/orchardshowto
Code level 3 standards, average extra costs have fallen by almost three quarters in the last three years - falling from £4,458 in 2008 to £1,128 in 2010.   Rough figures for extra...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/ldfdatabasereport
The Analysis is based on the Police STATS19 forms that are filled in by officers attending injury accidents.  The forms are their subjective assessment of the cause of the collision and the...
There were 2,178 high street bookshops left in Britain in July, according to research carried out by Experian, the data company, compared with 4,000 in 2005. A total of 580 towns do not have a single...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/sep/01/ford-mykey-teenagers
The Tesco model it seems was mismatched to retail patterns in Japan: a culture of immediate gratification from street vending machines (possible only in a vandal-free environment), a dense pattern of...
A further article on Binghampton USA.  Researchers found that people in Binghampton who behave in a “pro-social” way towards the care and welfare of others or the promotion of...
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/09/science-ghost-town-to-test-out.html
A leader in the Telegraph cites Homes and Communities Agency data states that there are 160,000 acres of such land available for development – enough for more than three million new homes The...
|Disorganization, marked by higher percentages of people living in poverty and in women-headed households with children and more renters, were hit the hardest by the presence of the liquor...
Reactions to the riots The search for simple solutions…Telegraph http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100100666/uk-riots-left-and-right-look-for-simple-answers-to-a-complex-...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1965627.pdf
HMSO have published a celebration edition of the 1931 Code http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/8704729/Highway-Code-turns-80.html What is unexplained is that for the past 80 years,...
Researchers from Yale, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Stanford predict that by 2030 urban areas will expand by 590,000 square miles -- nearly the size of Mongolia -- to accommodate the needs of 1....
Research at UC Davis - based on a data on 15,000 adolescents in the USA has found that: Happier adolescents were less likely to report involvement in crime or drug use. Adolescents with minor, or...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/23/archaeologists-discover-roman-port-wales
Over the past 30-40 years the open plan office has been seen by management theorists as the route to optimal efficiency and interactive creativity.  The consequence was that in most towns and...
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128254.200-your-faeces-my-furry-friend-are-blowin-in-the-wind.html
Yes - to do with class - agitators' alienation from their families, the local community and mainstream society disinhibits them from caring about the harm they cause others. http://www....
if you want to make your own mind up about research and statistics then you need to read and understand this - and its not difficult! http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/05/bad-science-...
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/architecture/a-new-vision-for-the-grande-dame-of-victorian-rail-2332080.html
A patent has been filed by the University of Nottingham Ningbo China for a material that uses "latent heat" to stabilise temperatures.    Ice in an ice filled drink holds the...
Future trends in global population growth could be significantly affected by improvements in both the quality and quantity of education, particularly female education. The research reinforces earlier...
Study 1 - American Journal of Public Health Study size 6000 plus Older women who live in a lower socioeconomic status neighborhood are more likely to exhibit lower cognitive functioning than women...
The consideration of pets is generally excluded from any education in the built environment, despite the fact that around 45 pecent of households in the UK host at least one pet. http://www.dognews....
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoc--wia080211.php With retail areas struggling to find a role in age of superstores and internet transactions, a transition to leisure and food based...
Proposed public health responsibilities for local authorities have been outlined in the white paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People.  Those relating to urban design include: • obesity and...
Six volunteer design teams have been selected to create a vision and redevelopment plan for six major downtown sites that clearly need such attention.  http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/...
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/cutting-edge-design-hallmark-of-new-toronto-lakefont-59687.html
Fort Collins is a small city of around 150,000 people in Colorado, and is sufficiently interest in its future that it runs its own urban design award.  http://www.ncbr.com/article.asp?id=58961...
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society....
Daniel Miller, Professor of anthropology at University College London, has published research into Facebook: the site performs the role of a "meta-friend", a place where users log on to...
It seems that Paul Finch, chair of CABE at the Design Council has made remarks regarding traditional proponents of traditional architecture to which exception has been taken by the Traditional...
Eric Pickles is reported in the Telegraph as wishing to encourage the provision of parking in town centres.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8673891/Parking-fees-will-fall-in-town-centres-...
The mathematics of towns and cities http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyCY6mjWOPc&feature=player_embedded http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctuated-equilibrium/2011/jul/28/1
Loneliness has been featured in the British tabloids over the past fortnight, highlighting its pervasive nature, and impact on health and quality of life, referring to increased suicide rates, and...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019842/Ive-just-slipped-office-Station-slide-brightens-morning-commute.html
Following a tragedy at Felbrigg Hall some four years ago where a falling two tonne beech tree branch  killed one child instantly and seriously injured another, the National Trust have had...
Asian tiger mosquitos, which are a vector in the spread of arbovirus infections, such as dengue fever,  Chikungunya fever, yellow fever, are now found in France, Spain, Italy and...
People check their smartphones throughout the working day. A typical check routine takes around 30 seconds. Checkings do not occur randomly; they are associated with a small set of contexts that...
Erionite, which is linked with mesothelioma, has found in the roadstone used in parts of the USA.  Weathering and mechanical erosion from tyres produces fine particles which can become...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/planningpolicy/planningpolicyframework/ Full Document http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1951811.pdf...
http://www.ribajournal.com/index.php/feature/article/the_stirling_shortlist_2011_dose_of_unpredictability_needed/
http://festival.britarch.ac.uk/ http://festival.britarch.ac.uk/whatson   Silchester/Calleva -regional capital  near Reading - currently being excavated Special event, open days 23 July and...
The scheme is promoted by the Creekside Charette - run by Creative Process and the London Development Agency, which has produced a masterplan to help ensure the creek becomes a focus for creative...
http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/SocialHousingSupport/LocalAuthorityHousing/News/MainBody,27151,en.htm
Top is New York, followed by San Fransisco, Boston and Chicago http://blog.walkscore.com/2011/07/walk-score-2011-rankings/
The grants will be set at £1,250 for a ground source heat pump; £950 for a biomass boiler; £850 for an air source heat pump; and £300 for solar thermal water heaters. On...
Urban design panels in New Zealand have been forcing McDonalds to change restaurant plans. Watson - McDolands Development Director has criticised councils for imposing strict architectural and design...
http://www.energy.salford.ac.uk/newsitem/17 The Energy House is a traditional pre 1920’s Victorian terrace house that has been reconstructed using reclaimed materials from local sources to...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoa-ro-071511.php  
"Rather than the sun beating down onto the roof, which causes heat to be pushed through the roof and inside the ceiling of the building, photovoltaic panels take the solar beating. Then much of...
BBC on-line magazine article looks at the respective costs of conventional verusus self-build, and the prospect of changes in the planning regime that may provide encouragement to self-builders. http...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8647465/High-speed-rail-dismissed-as-vanity-project-by-right-wing-think-tank.html Claims that HS2 will bridge the north-south divide and bring regeneration should be...
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/keepin-it-cool-how-the-air-conditioner-made-modern-america/241892/
http://freshscience.org.au/?p=2888 Falls are a major cause of injury in elderly people.  By identifying those at risk, support can be provided, and independence maintained.
http://resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/CountyCouncil/bills/b03811.pdf
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8645094/Japanese-tsunami-stood-at-132.5ft.html
The report provides an interesting comparison with approaches n the European Union. http://www.chiefscientist.qld.gov.au/publications/understanding-floods.aspx
http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/is-this-the-queenslander-house-of-the-future-20110714-1hfst.html
http://bdaily.info/events/design-and-development/18-07-2011/free-introduction-to-virtual-newcastlegateshead-for-students-amp-general-public/ Animation showing what is possible.. http://virtualng....
Scotland's urban areas are now home to increasing numbers of roe deer.  A deer code is under development to help manage the changes - including accident risk, damage to landscaping....
The National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative, led by the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust, will see developers and local authorities jointly funding the purchase of newly-built homes so...
London-Public Spaces... Matthew Carmona http://www.urbannous.org.uk/Matthew-Carmona-UCL.htm Shared Space... Lindsey Whitelaw http://www.urbannous.org.uk/Lindsey-Whitelaw.htm
This is a technical and economic analysis of different options for zero carbon standards for new non-domestic buildings.  http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1940106....
Covers legislation introduced along with data on the performance of new buildings. http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1944728.pdf
In response to reforms in the Localism Bill, the Government is revising the regulations which govern the process by which local councils prepare their development plans. This consultation seeks views...
Measures include new stations, smart ticketing - covering buses, parking and cycle hire, car sharing etc. http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20110705
This slightly counter-intuitive conclusion from research by the California Institute of Technology could mean there is potential for substantially less land take from wind farms, and a reduction in...
Despite predictions of doom, experience in other cities has been that traffic can simply evaporate. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8638394/Carmageddon-set-to-bring-chaos-...
It is commonly stated in road safety circles that children below the age of 7 are poor at judging speed and distance.  Here is some research published in Psychological Science.that begins...
http://esciencenews.com/articles/2011/07/14/diesel.fumes.pose.risk.heart.well.lungs.study.shows
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-wood-products-carbon-emissions-equation.html
Copper cable distribution systems around 5 percent of the energy for every 100 miles it is transmitted.   http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/ru-nm071411.php
The geography of jobs is changing. While higher skilled jobs are increasingly concentrating in cities along the main transport corridors and in city centres, low-skilled jobs are dispersing out of...
MEPs call for a 30km/h speed limit in all residential areas and on single-lane roads without cycle tracks, to help cut the number of children under 14 years old killed on roads by 60% and those...
Part of San Fransisco's "Pavement-to-Parks" programme http://sfist.com/2011/07/13/powell_street_now_with_parklets.php http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/07/08/powell-street-promenade-taking...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/video/2011/jul/13/rome-city-guide-video
http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/article/Brisbanes-South-Bank-wins-National-Urban-Design-Award/530376.aspx
Research involving 600 children from lower socio-economic groups provides statistical evidence that sports participation is also beneficial to a child's cognitive, emotional and behavioral...
Wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe were largely responsible for last year's 32 percent rise in green energy investments. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases...
"Shoppers view photos of products in virtual stores. When they pick out something to buy, they scan the product's QR code with their smartphones, which adds the item to their virtual carts....
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/01084419/0
Guidance covers key actions to reduce flood risk including: A reduction in the number of people, homes and property at risk of flooding as a result of public funds being invested in actions that...
The financing of infrastructure is currently a key constraint to development and the report explores the potential of development charges to assist this situation http://www.scotland.gov.uk/...
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Jon Adams looks at the past views on shaping of the modern city – including the seductive idea that broken cities might be the cause of broken society. fix the city and you can fix the citizen...
http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/public-life-private-hands
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/03/bjarke-ingels-incinerator-ski-slope
Small Grants Programmes for not for profit organisations http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/Design-Review/Grant-/   Design Review Grant http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/8615569/Noisy-wind-farm-drove-couple-out-of-their-home.html
A revised list shows that Parliament has imposed over 1350 duties on local authorities.  http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/tacklingburdens/reviewstatutoryduties/...
A Policy Exchange report has highlihted over abstraction, and lack of effective control when river flows are low is leading to enviornmental damage. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/britains-...
 "We have this new problem that we cannot see: it is tiny particles of nitrogen dioxide."  Professor Frank Kelly, Kings College London - as reported in the Independent. http://www...
Researchers have found that, at least when dealing with children, they learn more by discovery than being taught. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/teaching-children-0630.html Right across the field...
Research by the University of Columbia has found that giving consumers too many options can impair their ability to make skillful choices and erode their ability to determine the optimal choice for...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13924687 £131 million compareas with the value of housing on an average residential street in the UK i which runs at around £50...
Measues covered include: land-use and travel-demand management measures aimed at curbing household vehicle use low-carbon standards for transportation fuels public investments in transportation...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/planningapplicationsq12011
About 10 percent of children from infancy to age 2 and slightly over 20 percent of children ages 2 through 5 are overweight or obese. The rates of excess weight and obesity among children ages 2 to 5...
Change of use issues paper: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/changeuseissues Press release http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1930564
The quality of the evidence for dietary advice given in UK national newspapers is poor. Of 111 dietary health claims identified, 72% and 68% (assessed by WCRF and SIGN criteria respectively) had...
Looking for A-Z lising of urban design practices? http://www.urbandesigndirectory.com/practices   Looking for urban design courses? http://www.urbandesigndirectory.com/courses
http://www.urbansustainabilityexchange.org.uk/ISSUESSueProgramme.htm Aim SUE is a major series of research projects. ISSUES is the knowledge transfer side of SUE - Implementation Strategies for...
http://www.regionalvisions.ac.uk/ReVISIONS/Home.aspxAimTo provide the knowledge and evidence base for public agencies and private companies to plan regional spatial development together with...
Routine variations in weather take a toll in specific sectors of the economy: mining economy of 14 percent each year, perhaps because of changing demand for oil, gas, and coal. agriculture ranked...
Using 20 year time series data Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have found that modest changes in specific foods and beverages, physical activity, TV-watching, and sleep...
The research has looked at the ratio of head to arm and leg injuries in cyclists admitted to hospitals in New South Wales since 1991 when the wearing of helmets became mandatory. http://www....
A general article here... http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-renaissance-year-technology-ease-21st.html And a specific discovery of a metal that generates electricity direct from waste heat http://...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-06/joso-dut062011.php
Schizophenia is twice as common in people brought up in the countryside as opposed to people brought up in the city. A study by the University of Heidelberg using brain imaging has found that...
http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/architecture/research/csud/ EPSRC Ends  August 2011 Principle Investigator: Professor Michael Hebbert. Co-Investigator: Dr Vladimir Jankovic. Research Associate:...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-north-africa-light-europe-solar-power
Improvements in the precision of radio carbon dating now point to a surge in the construction of causewayed enclosures in the decades following 3700 BC. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/...
Using a Google maps overlay, it forms part of the “Dangerous by Design” campaign for better facilities for pedestrians. http://t4america.org/resources/dangerousbydesign2011/map/#?latlng=...
Study Reveals Future “Hotspots” of Risk for Hundreds of Millions Whose Food Problems are on a Collision Course with Climate Change Parts of Africa, all of India, and parts of South East...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13628374 There may be a worrying delusion that the knowledge economy is the most important and largest sector of the economy, and that somehow the...
According to Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika, who's brief covers innovation, research and universities, 40 temporary projects will be installed from July until the end of the year throughout Pars...
http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/index.php?cID=651&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Making+the+case&utm_content=Making+the+case+CID_5cff049b7084ab69fa48cc621268e3d5&utm_source=Email+...
Audit Commission Report - "Going the Distance" http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nationalstudies/localgov/Pages/20110526goingthedistance.aspx Highways maintenance needs to develop to...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/righttobuildleaflet
White paper includes proposals to give communities new powers to designate protected green areas as part of local neighbourhood plans (target April 2012) http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/...
Government plans to release enough public land to build as many as 100,000 new, much-needed homes and support as many as 25,000 jobs by 2015. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1917726
"Achieving high quality housing 12. Good design is fundamental to the development of high quality new housing, which contributes to the creation of sustainable, mixed communities. 13. Reflecting...
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2074067,00.html?hpt=T2
http://www.eukn.org/Interviews/Literary_portraits_of_less_known_European_cities_by_artists Article submitted by Andrew Stuck of Rethinking Cities
http://lec.lancs.ac.uk/research/society_and_environment/walking_and_cycling.php http://www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/be/oisd/news/Walking_Cycling.html   As reported in the Daily Mail http://www....
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-the-imf-itself-should-be-on-trial-2292270.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13627055 Video - BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13631270   http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/ Full report http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/...
http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=analysis.item&id=99492 http://www.cityfinancecommission.co.uk/
Surprisingly chaos turned out to be more desirable than people might expect. Istanbul was voted as the most liveable city shifting the usual notions of neatness and predictability to chaos,...
The statistics suggest, despite all the hype on sustainable development the motivation to deliver improved standards is poor, and a generation of houses is being built that is unsuited to a high cost...
"One thing that has not changed is the importance this Government places on the achievement of well designed homes and high quality places. High quality design has a crucial role to play in...
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 17.00 hrs on Friday 8 July 2011. http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/neighbourhoodplanningvanguards/
Applications are due by 30 June 2011 and partnerships are expected to nominate specific sites offering the best opportunity for growth. http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/...
"Planning ahead for mitigation and adaptation will be crucial"  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/uow-hio052711.php  
Researchers at the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health (ECEHH -- part of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry) and the University of Birmingham has compared the benefits...
http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-barlaz-biodegradable/
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/uoc-bch053111.php
In 1974 levels between 327 and 333 were being recorded.  In just 40 years, measured carbon dioxide levels have increased by 20 percent. ftp://ftp.cmdl.noaa.gov/ccg/co2/trends/co2_weekly_mlo.txt
The frear is that plant material preserved in permafrost will decay if temperatures rise, releasing immense quantities of methane and carbon dioxide. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-...
According to the International Energy Agency, emissions increased by 1.6 gigatonnes on 2009 - a 5 percent rise.   On the basis of past climate forecasts, this would mean around a 50% chance...
As household-name stores fall prey to online shopping boom, we ask: Will the internet monster eat the High Street? - asks the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1389343/As-household...
If all produce consumed in Santa Barbar County was grown in the county (100% localization), it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agrifood system  by less than 1%, ...
Capping of payments in medical negligence cases in Texas has led to insurance premiums dropping to around 2000 dollars per physician.  http://www.facs.org/news/jacs/tortreform0511.html The...
Sample size 700 - comparing people with and without MS.  Found that 77 percent of MS patients have vitamin defciency.   The people with MS were exposed to a lower monthly UV index (...
A study of citizen's in Addis Abbaba found factors influencing well being are held in common with developed nations, including: married people are more satisfied with life than unmarried and...
University of Essex study - Sample: 300 ten year old children from Essex ? The number of sit-ups 10-year-olds can do declined by 27.1% between 1998 and 2008 ? Arm strength fell by 26% and grip...
http://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAAwards/Winners2011/RIBAAwards-winners2011.aspx
http://www.communities.gov.uk/speeches/corporate/granddesigns2011
Pilots include: Aldershot Town Centre; Bankside, London; Central Milton Keynes; Liverpool Innovation Park; Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead; Trafford Park, Manchester; South Bank, London, New...
Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard is likely to be introduced. Building Regulations are likely to be revised. http://www.communities.gov.uk/statements/corporate/buildingsenvironment  
Evidence suggests that the presence of some grandparents can substantially increase the chances of a child surviving during the high risk period of infancy and childhood in traditional communities....
The Transport Business Case: http://www.dft.gov.uk/press/speechesstatements/statements/hammond20110427 Full list of changes www.dft.gov.uk/webtag - which provides the appraisal system for new...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategicframework/pdf/strategicframework.pdf 20mph zones are mentioned, but not 20mph limits as used in towns such as Portsmouth - the latter can be implemented...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategicframework/pdf/strategicframework.pdf 20mph zones are mentioned, but not 20mph limits as used in towns such as Portsmouth - the latter can be implemented...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/16/london-parish-glamour-grime-rookery-exhibition
 Fungi have been well studied for 150 years and it was thought we had a good understanding of the major evolutionary groups, but these findings have changed that radically. "Current...
"The romantic idea of a direct connection between local economic activity and business rates paid to local government has no foundation in reality” http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/press/...
In the USA, for the period between 1985 and 2007, vehicle use correlated "in the 99-percent range" with national annual obesity rates.  http://news.illinois.edu/news/11/...
Theory 1 is that most people cooperate because it feels good to do it. And there is some MRI brain imaging data that shows activity in reward-related regions of the brain when people are cooperating...
The world is running out of cheap and high quality sources of some essential materials such as oil, copper and gold, the supplies of which, in turn, require ever-rising volumes of fossil fuels and...
http://group.bmj.com/group/media/latest-news/young-british-men-view-knife-carrying-as-a-201clegitimate-response201d-to-potential-threats The article suggests that a more considered approach to...
Sample 200 children in Sweden and Denmark, monitored for four days using accelerometer and assessed for cardiac risk factors including blood pressure, BMI etc.  Moderate to vigorous...
Apparently not. But the question as to what circumstances move a passive and compliant community into taking positive action about its circumstances is core to the Big Society, localism debate. http...
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/may/massive-tornado-onslaught-raises-questions-about-building-practices-code-enforceme
Research by the University of Concordia, published in Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies suggests that there are significant benefits to be obtained. Grandparents...
Isocyanic acid is produced in diesel engine catalysers, used to reduce NOx emissions. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/nh-scd051111.php
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/bmj-ydw051311.php
Research from the Univeristies of Stanford and Illinois have found that human brains are very adept at identifying shapes from faint and interrupted outlines.   Monitoring the activity of...
Currently solar photovoltaics achieve effeciencies of around 20 percent at best.  A new approach uses nano-technolgy to create tiny antenna or “nantenna” produced as a flexible sheet...
Sample 266 volunteers aged 70 to 88 All types of driving errors increased with age.  Men fared no better than women.  Blind spot errors were the most common mistake, followed by veering...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/pu-ppo051011.php Implications here for what can happen when people work in silos or when interdisciplinary teams disintegrate. It only takes 2-3 minutes...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385995/Is-end-decking-TV-inspired-garden-boom-way-lawns-make-return.html
Service allows individuals to relay their location (GPS) to a website and receive details of nearby retaillers with special offers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13158901
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13377164 Whereas two decades ago people shared a common experience in watching television.  Now on-demand services provided through the internet have eroded...
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/05/vertical-street-uses-latest-in.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/12/tory-council-charge-children-playground
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/8504998/Foursquare-and-Facebook-Places-dont-appeal-to-teenagers.html
Unique http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9474000/9474777.stm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384004/Per-mile-car-tax-idea-make-lost-petrol-revenue-dismissed-White-House.html
A report by the Centre for Cities says student spending accounts for 10% of the economic activity of some cities.  Most dependent on student revenue are: Cambridge, Plymouth, Coventry, Oxford,...
 2,000 British children aged 7-14 surveyed   Over a third of children are scared of cars travelling too fast, with a fifth concerned about a lack of safe crossing points. Over a third...
According to a report issued by the Norwegian based Artic Monitoring and Assessment Programme: The past six years (2005–2010) have been the warmest period ever recorded in the Arctic. ...
http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/local_campaigns.htm
The Crown Estate plans to spend £500m on regenerating St James's in London following the success of its decade-long modernisation of Regent Street. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/...
Queens University Belfast study finds high computer use in adolescents is associated with approximately 50 per cent increased engagement with a cluster of six MRB, including smoking, drunkenness, non...
The study included 1,138 older adults with a mean age of 80. On average, those who reported the highest levels of social activity (the 90th percentile) experienced only one quarter of the rate of...
The study included 954 older adults with a mean age of 82. Results showed that a person who reported a high level of social activity was about twice as likely to remain free of a disability involving...
The 2007–2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey revealed that 24% of adults were overweight (body mass index [BMI] 25.0–29.9) and 37% were obese (BMI > 30).  Measures discussed...
Strangers to a neighbourhood percieve signs of 'disorder' as indicators of a community that is vulnerable to criminal behaviour and lacking in safety.  Such signs include: loose...
Masdar features solar power, 24 C air conditioning, electric golf buggy personal transport, and considerable electronic control gear to minimise energy use.  However the population in 2015 will...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/24/london-olympics-pollution-fine-ioc
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379581/Riot-Bristol-Tesco-petrol-bombed-160-officers-swoop-arrest-4-squatters.html   Given the difficulty the rioters in the video have in breaking the...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/20/gherkin-architect-london-skyscraper
Waitrose's new and largest store is a virtual one that sells only via the internet. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/waitrose-turns-screws-on-ocado-with-virtual-store-2270216.html...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/19/roman-high-street-reopens-visitors
Istanbul has now reached a population of 17 million, placing extreme strain on the city's supporting infrastructure.  The Turkish primeminister has put forward a plan to divide the city into...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-sounds-of-the-suburbs-britain-is-a-quieter-place-2268438.html The suggestion is made in the article that modern Britain is a quiter place needs to...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/gallery/2011/apr/17/ten-best-tall-buildings#/?picture=373665950&index=0 Unfortunately the photography includes some truly dreadful examples of converging...
Environmental tipping points are, according to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sometimes dependent on whether humans are indifferent, or prepared to accept the runaway...
Check out the calculator on.... http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu, It enables people to identify which changes to make to their lifestyles to have the greatest impact on reduce Carbon Dioxide...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/save-our-cyclists-clamour-for-flood-of-avoidable-road-deaths-to-be-stemmed-2268135.html
In early May, the Urban Design Group supported by MADE is holding its first urban design education symposium.  Course leaders from across the UK will be coming to discuss challenges and...
Cities of the world: Franz Hogenberg, annotated by Geog Braun http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1376557/The-historical-Rough-Guide-16th-century-book-mapping-major-cities-reprinted.html...
Of note is change in South America up to the first contact with settlers from the old world leading to a dramatic reversal and revival of the natural environment, coinciding with the death of the...
Winners include projects in Rouse Hill, Australia, Singapore and Los Angeles. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pinnacles-of-modern-design-the-urban-land-institute-announces-winners-of-the...