Urban Update 13 July 2018

Europe

Skanderbeg Square project in Tirania Albania wins 2018 European prize for Urban Public Space

 

Australia

Building boom: 'We have allowed far too much crap to be built'

 

New city rules to target bad and good building plans

 

Canada

Bollard test on Sparks Street aims to restore the 'pedestrian' mall

 

Denley: A 65-storey tower in Ottawa? Council should think twice

 

Cuba

Environmental Hazards and Negligence in Havanas Vedado Neighborhood

 

India

Decks and the City: Artist proposes gardens over car parks in Beirut

 

Land pooling policy is a great chance for DDA to undo past errors

 

Israel

5 super-tall skyscrapers coming soon to Tel Aviv

 

Singapore

How Singapore can renew ethnic neighbourhoods without losing their traditional character

 

UK

Huge increase in Dundee city centre population

 

Fletcher Priest reveals masterplan for major Oxford scheme

 

The pressure of the British government to reform the green belt is growing

 

USA

Cat Goughnour is pushing several cities to give community members more say in urban design.

 

Mural concealed by wooden fence on adjacent lot

 

 

 

Built Environment

Big urban design trends that are popular right now

 

50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know

 

Health

Providing care based on need not ability to pay is the NHS's greatest achievement

 

What does fitness in midlife mean for depression, cardiovascular disease later in life?

 

Healthcare spending in late life is not wasteful, predictive model shows

 

It's all relative: How our brains overstate the prevalence and intensity of threats

 

Movement

Self-heating, fast-charging battery makes electric vehicles climate-immune

 

Autonomous cars pose threat to road congestion, warns World Economic Forum

 

Editorial: Why requiring fewer parking spaces makes sense

 

Natural Environment

How to effectively design for a biodiverse, urban future

 

City-level action is the right way to tackle emissions, study shows

 

Smartphones used to track migrations caused by climate change

 

India must find alternatives to rice if it is to feed its growing population, scientists warn

 

World banana supplies on genetic knife edge

 

All-time heat records set all over the world this week proof of global warming, say experts

 

 

Social

'Lower status' people more likely to share wealth than 'higher status' people

 

Empathetic police are less effective in the face of public criticism, study says