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News and Research Energy, Climate Change Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics: Light absorption can be enhanced by up to 200 percent Urban trees are growing faster worldwide   Movement NASA and...
Healthy City Design Conference Report This was a two-day conference organised by Salus at the Royal College of Physicians, London last month Global urbanisationpresents major health challenges but...
Australia Australia - Infrastructure and Housing Investment Must Prioritise Urban Design   Planning Institute Of Australia: We Don’t Need An Urban Design Trigger   Entries open for...
Australia   Brisbane property: Greenfield sites and inner-city bear burden on 80 per cent of new homes – “figures unsustainable”    What Melbourne can learn from...
Humans, Health, Society Air pollution continues to be “News” and it is a serious problem; however, it is by no means the only health problem in the built environment.  It is...
Canada Bringing Indigenous principles to development in East Vancouver Indigenous design is an emerging and growing concept in the world of urban planning and architecture. The 110-year-old...
Australia 60 tall buildings set to change Perth City skyline Canda Toronto: Charting a Path for Unprecedented Growth China China’s Newly Imagined ‘Green’ City Gets Its First $19...
Energy, Climate Change 2016 hottest year on record 1.1C above pre industrial era  - World Meteorological Organisation Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts. Record-...
  Built Environment How smarter urbanisation can help us meet the challenges of rapid growth  - Nicholas Falk – The Planner Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar...
Built Environment Are cities too big or too small –  should we live in fewer, larger cities? – CityLab Quiz: guess the city from its skyline - Guardian Alfred Place park to...
The purpose of a tax is first and foremost to raise revenue.  A second purpose can be to influence behaviour by taxing goods or services that society wants people to use less.  A third...
Built Environment Quiz: guess the city from its skyline - Guardian Alfred Place park to be central London's first new park in over 100 years - LI Parks Without Borders: Creating a...
  Urban Design Directory - Featured Practice Amec Foster Wheeler Defence College for Technical Training, Lyneham   PROJECT SUMMARY Masterplanning and design of new Defence College for...
LUC - Bishopric, HorshamThis project is an opportunity to redefine the Bishopric’s significance and role within Horsham town centre.The opening of John Lewis at Home in 2015 and the...
Environment Technological progress alone will not stem resource use – MIT News Researchers find no evidence of an overall reduction in the world’s consumption of materials. Movement...
20 Jan  Technological progress alone will not stem resource use – MIT News Researchers find no evidence of an overall reduction in the world’s consumption of materials. Sandwell...
13 Jan Renting rather than owning a home may not be as expensive as many people think - University of Stirling Department for Transport Modelling shows potential for driverless vehicles to cut...
Contents In Brief Research and Industry News Urban Design Around the World Urban Design Events   IN BRIEF  English Government Names 14 Garden Villages and 3 Garden Towns  Key points...
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Download Urban Update 20 May 2016 High Speed Rail Explored: Report Launch HSR and Connected Cities  The Independent Transport Commission Leeds on Monday 16th May 2016. Report by Laura...
Download Urban Update   Big Meet 5 – Design Review  - Event Report  There is a lot of interest in design review at the moment, and it is timely that the Place Alliance’s...
Download Urban Update Impact of HS1 on Property Prices? Domestic high-speed commuter services on the High Speed 1 line between the Channel Tunnel and London commenced on 13 December 2009.  The...
Download Urban Update Time to design the underworld? UDG Director Robert Huxford, speaking at a recent Energy Utilities Industry Conference, has called for a better design and management of the space...
Download Urban Design 8 April 2016   Urban Design 138 – Spring 2016: Industry and Urban Design Louise Thomas introduces the current edition of Urban Design A sustainable and enjoyable...
A Response to the London Good Growth Agenda 2016 Graham Marshall gives a North West pro-social perspective on the debate on the growth of London London Docklands against the backdrop of a layer of...
Download Urban Update 25 Feb 2016 Why is the starting point for street design still cars and lorries and not people? Turn to any street design guide and you will find a rich and generous amount of...
Download Urban Update 12 Feb 2016 Streets of Shame Use out of date approaches to highway design and management could leave highway authorities liable and professional staff in breach of codes of...
Download Urban Update 29 Jan 2016   Housing A restless local government officer writes “As a local government planner I have to work without favour to any political party interest, only...
Download Urban Update 22 January 2016   Vision Zero UK Launch How many people should die on our streets and highways each year?   2000?  200? 20?  Well how about zero? ...
Download Urban Update 15 Jan 2016 Urban Farming Special Brooklyn Farmer - Event report The world’s largest rooftop farm https://vimeo.com/ondemand/brooklynfarmer Brooklyn Farmer is a...
Download Urban Update 7 Jan 2016   Look to the hills to prevent urban flooding Is it possible to deal with flooding at source?  Local urban flood defence schemes can have a significant...
Driverless urban futures, carless towns, comapact cities, floodable cities, events for 2016  Download Urban Update 18 December 2016   Driverless urban futures Raquel Leonardo Driverless...
Download Urban Update 4 December 2015   The Metro-town – an alternative to sprawl Event report  - Campaign against urban sprawl in Essex Essex is arguably England’s oldest...
Download Urban Update 26 November 2016 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Human physiology, psychology and place-making Giving urban design a basis in science...
Download Urban Update 6 November 2015   Why people choose to live where they do Urban Demographics – why people live where they do’,  a new report by the Centre for Cities,shows...
Download Urban Update 25 September 2015 Project of the Week  Harbourside Regeneration, Torquay Kay Elliott Kay Elliott are developing a proposal for Torquay's waterfront which includes...
Download Urban Update 18 September 2015   The ideal development design guide? 6 Cs workshop produces specification The 6 C’s are six councils  (Derbyshire, Derby City, Leicestershire...
Download Urban Update 11 September 2015 Main Headlines Prospects for Standardising Urban Sustainability?  Research Report crime reduction core to reducing car dependence Poor diet and high...
Download Urban Update 1 September 2015 Main Headlines Dangerous lorries banned from London to protect cyclists Exercise adds 3 – 7 years of life Simple changes will make roads safer – a...
Download Urban Update 21 August 2015   On the importance of making reasonable and rational decisions The news a fortnight ago that an English minister for planning had had his policy on...
Download Urban Update 14 August 2015 Should we design the public realm around children? The summer holidays bring a time where children are free from school, and sometimes left on their own. ...
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SIR TERRY FARRELL BECOMES A TRUSTEE of THE TREES AND DESIGN ACTION GROUP TRUST.   The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) and Farrells are pleased to announce that Sir Terry Farrell is now a...
The 28 page report is aimed at practitioners, politicians and public to bring them up to speed on the latest on street design science and best practice, including Manual for Streets I and II, and the...
Former UDG Chair Duncan Ecob writes about his continuing experience of living and working in New Zealand I have now been in the land of the long white cloud for one year and am thoroughly enjoying it...
The Urban Design Group AGM took place at 6pm on Wednesday 18 June 2014 in The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ The evening saw Paul Reynolds stand down as Chair of the Urban Design Group...
The programme for the Hackney Design Awards 2014 has now been announced. The awards celebrate great design in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in Hackney. Nominations for the...
Reflections on the UDG & Urbanista's joint event Rebooting the Masterplan (12 May 2014) from urbanist, trainer and author of the Dictionary of Urbanism Rob Cowan Did masterplanning...
Has your practice been working on a project about which you're particularly proud? Do you have a scheme which has succeeded against the odds, given life to a struggling town centre or helped to...
The Urban Design Group's Annual General Meeting will take place in June (6pm,  Wednesday 18 June 2014 in The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ) and we strongly encourage members...
The Public Monuments & Sculpture Association has announced its call for nominations for The Marsh Awards 2014. The Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture is offered for a sculpture...
The Urban Design Group’s National Urban Design Awards 2014 were presented on 12 February at the Victory Services Club in Central London. Hosted by Amanda Reynolds, the evening showcased some...
Abstracts are now invited for the National Conference on Urban Design 2014, taking place in Nottingham on 18-20 September. The theme for the conference is Urban Design for All and the main aim of the...
The Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes has just launched a new content focused website, part of a Brookes Teaching Fellowship project.  The website reflects a joint effort from...
The National Urban Design Conference on Urban Design in Newcastle (17-19 October 2013) featured a great many interesting and thought-provoking presentations of a wide range of themes. A number of...
Papers are being invited for 51st International Making Cities Livable Conference on Making Cities Healthy for All taking place in Portland, Oregon, USA from 8-12 June 2014 At this conference, we...
The finalists for the 2014 practice project award have now been announced. This year's shortlist is as follows - note that all entries are shown in a single PDF, please scroll down to view all...
A one day symposium held to explore the role of design in alternative housing models has been a great success.  The symposium investigated the role of design throughout the delivery process of...
Report on a recent research project on self-build housing conducted by the Centre for Housing Policy at University of York for Lloyds Banking Group. Download the report here.
Following on from a report on big trees published in March 2012, CIRIA have issued the following proposal for further work to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of large trees in the...
An international search has been launched by New West End Company to find a partner to completely redesign and install a truly innovative Christmas Lights spectacle on London’s world famous...
The Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is proud to offer a Postgraduate Bursary Scheme for September 2013 entry. £2000 fees discount bursaries are on...
The National Urban Design Awards for 2013 were presented at a prestigious event held at the Royal Overseas League in Londonon 6 February. Hosted by Amanda Reynolds, the evening showcased some of the...
In Planning and Place in the City, Marichela Sepe explores the preservation, reconstruction and enhancement of cultural heritage and place identity. She outlines the history of the concept of place-...
Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, is currently running the ‘Hands Off My Bike!’ challenge prize - which calls on people from all over the UK to come up with breakthrough...
The Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries (CRD-PVS) at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of...
Integrating Solar Design, Sustainable Development and Urban Change Master of Science/PhD - University of Liechtenstein  (Institute of Architecture & Planning) Now open for applications for...
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS London has a reputation of a vibrant, dynamic city constantly reinventing and transforming itself; a highly adaptable organism that embraces change and, like an astute...
The Urban Design Group is delighted to announce the publication of Urban Design Practice: An International Review, edited by Sebastian Loew. The book gives a fascinating account of the state of urban...
After the success of our 2010 research initiative, the Urban Design Group is inviting proposals demonstrating the fresh thinking on the impact of good urban design. Who can apply? Individuals, groups...
Renowned urbanist, writer and cartoonist Rob Cowan launches his new website PLANDEMONIUM, bringing together a series of new videos about cities and the people who design and plan them. This...
The Urban Design Group AGM took place at 6pm on Wednesday 20 June 2012 in The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ The evening saw Amanda Reynolds stand down as Chair of the Urban Design...
Whereas most storms have a relatively even wind distribution, the research shows that sting jets -  localised bursts of wind desending from high altitude and reaching the ground at speeds as...
Humans have a natural body rythm that is kept in syncronisation by the daily succession of daylight and darkness. Surveys conducted by the Ludwig Maximillian University at Munchen suggest that...
EPSRC funded study points to rich diversity of language in London's schoolchildren with over 40 different languages found.  The research also associated high achievement with specific...
MyStreet is an exciting opportunity for you to tell your story about your area, through film. Share with the world where you are, who you are and how you live. The MyStreet annual competition has...
The Urban Design Group's annual awards event for 2012 took place on Wednesday 15 February in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal United Services Institute, 61 Whitehall, London. Hosted...
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at University of Newcastle upon Tyne is proud to offer 20 PGT Excellence Awards for Home and EU students entering in September 2012.  The...
Stunning aerial photographs show what's going on in the world's back gardens... Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085752/Eye-sky-The-pretty-patterns-housing-developments-...
The metropolis of Songdo in South Korea could help older cities, like London, to upgrade. Cities are already home to half of the world’s 7billion population and that figure will rise to 70 per...
This report introduces and summarises the findings of the Global Eco-Cities Survey 2011, including information about 174 recent eco-city initiatives. This builds on and expands the first global...
It is now the time of year when the UDG invites practices to submit an entry for our annual project award. Please see full submission guidelines here. The deadline for entries is Friday 8...
The Urban Design Group is always keen to give recognition to the important, creative and high quality work being done in urban design by public sector bodies, despite – and often...
The Urban Design Group AGM was held at 6.15pm on Wednesday 15 June 2011 in The Gallery at 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. At the meeting, the new Executive Committee was announced, as...
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An Imperial College study has shown that in 2008, more than one in ten of the world’s adult population was obese, with women more likely to be obese than men. An estimated 205 million men...
In towns, wear debris from vehicle brakes, tires, and the road surface itself, as well as the resuspension of "normal" dust, are responsible for more than half the fine particle emissions...
A set of papers published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society  the authors of which contend that recent human activity, including stunning population growth, sprawling...
A Cornell University study has found that poor adolescents who live in communities with more social cohesiveness and control get some measure of protection; they’re less likely to smoke and be...
The National Assembly for Wales’s Sustainability Committee has published a report on its Inquiry on Planning in Wales  There are 30 recommendations made to the Assembly, including...
Two thirds of applications are determined within two months, and just over 1/3rd of major applications within four months. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/02/01102327 It remains a...
Review of recent technological developments in automobile control. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12338590
Presumption is that roads will be unclassified, unless other circumstances apply, and that the classification of local roads should be devolved to local authorities. http://www.dft.gov.uk/...
Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon - Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen No viable alternative to the car, need to complement with sustainable transport modes,  and introduce sustainable...
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This report provides an update to the 2006 'State of the English Cities' report, which provided a comprehensive analysis of city performance http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/...
Research at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen has indicated that for every 10 decibels of additional traffic noise the risk of having a stroke increased...
The “hygiene hypothesis” links the recent rise in incidence of asthma, allergies, and autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis, with particular...
Research by the University of Missouri has found that addressing juvenile crime on a one-to-one basis is expensive and ineffective.  http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2011/0127-...
The research raises the question whether an understanding of social hierarchy might be hard-wired. http://esciencenews.com/articles/2011/01/28/study.finds.presence.peers.heightens.teens.sensitivity....
Further research that points to the importance both of healthy diets, and a more outdoor lifestyle, with an attractive public realm being a key. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-01/ats-...
Teens are five times more likely to be in a car accident when in a group than when driving alone, and they are more likely to commit a crime in a group.  Research using MRI scans has...
Plan is to allow the cities that ring the Pearl River, including Guanzhou and Donguan to merge into one vast conurbation the size of Wales, with a new network of railways and energy and pollution...
Synchronising the style of speech, specifically in the use of "function words" that provide context for nouns and verbs, seems to predict how successful and enduring a relationship is...
Scientists at Berkley Univsity (CA) have demonstrated a solar cell that responds to virtually the entire solar spectrum, that can be made using one of the semiconductor industry’s most common...