Urban Update 1 December 2017

News and Research

Urban Design around the World


Athletes’ village tops podium at the 2017 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards



Golf courses: The only option that's out of bounds in Vancouver's housing debate

Toronto: the city of androids

A Vancouver Parable: False Prophets, Green Illusions and Vanishing Neighbourhoods



Can Mumbai’s flamboyant Art Deco be saved from salty winds and ugly alterations?


French Polynesia

World's first floating city to be built off the coast of French Polynesia by 2020



I studied architecture at Columbia. But I didn’t truly understand it till I visited West Africa



High Court rules second homes ban in St Ives will remain

Bath Riverside development awarded Gold and Silver at WhatHouse? Awards

What is being done to transform the shape of Aberdeen?

The UK just missed a big chance to cut harmful diesel pollution



Neighbours Sue City For Ignoring Design Guidelines

Transit-centric communities sprouting in the suburbs


News and Research


Roger Hamer death: Coroner fears rise in pothole-related road deaths

Cruise at 80mph on the motorway? It could be costing you thousands

It's not just self-driving cars, it is a whole New Mobility Now

When traveling on public transport, you may want to cover your ears

Risk of distracted driving predicted by age, gender, personality and driving frequency

Humans, Health, Society

Employees want to sit down less and walk more during work days

3D printed modular units for the homeless would use under-utilized vertical walls

Leaving the house every day may help older adults live longer

Mass media linked to childhood obesity

Air pollution linked to poorer quality sperm

How emancipation contributes to trust in strangers

Food bank use in the UK is more complex than suggested, according to new research

A walk at the mall or the park? New study shows, for moms and daughters, a walk in the park is best


Politics, Philosophy, Economics

The Inconvenient Truth about Smart Cities

Streets named for the Confederacy in Atlanta to be renamed

Built Environment

Playful Animation Tells the Story of Humankind’s Quest for a Perfect City

Light pollution is set to double between now and 2050

LA NY: Dazzling aerial photographs of Los Angeles and New York, by Jeffrey Milstein

Natural Environment

Artificially cooling planet “risky strategy”, new research shows

Climate change impacts already locked in -- but the worst can still be avoided

The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas

Meadows beat out shrubs when it comes to storing carbon

Research reveals China's reversing emission flows


Events December 2017 and January 2018




Place Alliance


Arts & Place Working Group Meeting

Tuesday 5thDecember 2017         14:00 –15:30


Creating the Productive Workplace - book launch

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-the-productive-workplace-book-launch-tickets-39569142370

Thursday 7thDecember 2017       18:00 –20:00

The Atrium, Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ


UDL Design Review Network

Tuesday 12thDecember 2017      9:45 - 12:45

Stratford Centre, 54A Broadway, London E15 1NG


Public Realm in London - ideas for the future. Powered by PechaKucha

Tuesday 12thDecember 2017      18:30 –20:30

NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT


AoU End of Year Review + Talk

Wednesday 13thDecember 2017               15:30 –20:30


Urban Design Group


Construction Options

·         What are the Alternative Construction Options and Why Use Them? – David Lomax, Waugh Thistleton Architects

·         Natural Buildings – Tom Woolley, author of Natural Building: A Guide to Materials and Techniques

6thDecember 2017          Morning


V&A Courtyard site visit

-          Introduction –Tim Reeve, Chief Operating Officer, V&A Museum

-          Tour –Vernon Rapley, Director of Cultural Heritage, Protection and Security, V&A Museum

11thDecember 2017        Morning


Design Review Network

12thDecember 2017        Morning


Zones Two and Beyond

Part 3 Transport and Public Spaces

-          Considering what changing methods of accessing transport, moving around and designing spaces could mean for suburban environments.

-          Including: Mayor’s Transport Strategy: Opportunities & Challenges for London’s Suburbs –Mike Keegan, Transport for London 

-          Healthy Streets Check for Designers Briefing –Lucy Saunders, Transport for London

14thDecember 2017        Morning

Academy of Urbanism


YU Event / 4th Annual Members Xmas Party

4thDecember 2017          18:30 - 20:30  

Space Syntax, 21 Brownlow Mews, London, WC1N 2LG


End of Year Review, Manifesto Workshop + Talk by Prof Anne Power 17

15:00 Review + Manifesto Workshop (open to members) 18:00 Talk by Prof Anne Power (open to all)

4thDecember 2017          15:00 - 20:30


Future of London


Fizz nChips Christmas Party! FULL join the waiting list here

5thDecember 2017          18:15 - 20:30

Lewis Silkin, 5 Chancery Ln, London EC4A 1BL


Woodside Square-  Ageing Cities field trip Register your interest here

8thDecember 2017          10:00 - 12:30


Engaging the Private Rented Sector report launch, register your interest here

12thDecember 2017        9:00 –11:00

The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 0AN


Good Homes Alliance


Christmas Party & NudgeInnovations Event How to Nudge More Good Homes

Wednesday 13thDecember 2017               14:00 –17:00


Museum of Walking


Drawn to the Skyline

Drawing and sketching walkshop with Ruth Broadbent

Saturday 2ndDecember 2017       10.30 - 13.00


Elevenses Expanding London

Kidbrooke Village & Lewisham Centre

Tuesday 5thDecember 2017         11.00 - 13.00


Talking Walking Wednesday

Wednesday 6thDecember 2017  19.00 - 21.30

Prince of Greenwich Museum Pub, Greenwich SE10 8RT


Exploring the Urban Forest with Paul Wood

Sunday 10thDecember 2017        10.30 - 12.30

Embankment tube station Villiers St, London WC2N 6NS (Riverside exit)

Centre for Cities


UK International Metro Mayor Summit 2017

Bringing together the metro mayors with international mayors, past and present, to share their experience and advice

4thDecember 2017


City Horizons: Professor Ron Martin

We are delighted to welcome Professor Ron Martin as a guest lecturer in our City Horizons series of events discussing the resilience of cities following economic shocks.

The Shard, London SE1

12thDecember 2017        18:00


Cities Outlook 2018

More information coming soon.

29thJanuary 2018


South East


Opportunity area briefing: North Kent

Eastgate, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 8AD

6thDecember 2017


West Midlands


Big Art Talks 5

Lectures by five shortlisted artists

Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building Lecture Theatre, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

Wednesday 11thJanuary 2017     18:00 - 19:30