Urban Update 27 March 2018

Urban Design around the World

Australia

Good design threatened by Sydney’s rapid development, leading architects say

 

Canada

Critics say new Vancouver policy will change city skyline ‘as we know it’ As Montreal's cookie era ends, so does a century-old utopian scheme

 

Denmark

This Copenhagen Rooftop Renovation Embodies the Future of Urban Design

 

Finland

'War junk' left behind in Lapland by Germans is valuable cultural heritage to locals

 

Northern Ireland

University College Dublin (UCD) has launched an international design competition covering 24ha of its campus.

 

UK

Conference to set out economic growth opportunities in the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge Corridor

 

USA

American schools used to be gorgeous public buildings. Don't turn them into prisons.

 

 

Research and Innovation News

MIT predicts 10 breakthrough technologies of 2018

 

Movement

In new drivers, male teens handle car better than older men

 

New study shows that good bike infrastructure encourages winter cycling

 

Pavements are for everybody. Except pedestrians

 

Energy storage leap could slash electric car charging times

 

Zaha Hadid Architects Has a Plan to Make London More Walkable

 

Humans, Health, Society

Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development

 

Food insecurity screening works, but social stigma stands in its way

 

Obesity could be linked to early childhood behaviour

 

Diet shown to reduce stroke risk may also reduce risk of depression

 

Levels of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in England estimated to be 20%

 

Diagnosis is not enough: Predicting avoidable transfers from nursing homes is complex

 

Politics, Philosophy, Economics

Study: Police use of force is rare, as are significant injuries to suspects

 

Interview: Theo Deutinger about how architecture and design can be used as forms of oppression

 

Lightning-speed deliveries and autonomous cars could accelerate the current big-box implosion.

 

 

Built Environment

The way streets and buildings are arranged makes a big difference in how heat builds up, study shows

 

Book Review: The Icon Project: Architecture, Cities and Capitalist Globalisation by Leslie Sklair

 

Supergraphics: how colour, imagery and type can transform public spaces

 

Natural Environment

Wind and solar power could meet four-fifths of US electricity demand, study finds

 

Health staff 'too stressed' to deal with disasters

 

Half of world's oceans now fished industrially, maps reveal

 

The Revenge of the Beech Trees Is Already Underway