Built Environment

  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...
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 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...
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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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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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
"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....
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...
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/...
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
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,...
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
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...
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-...
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...
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/culture/art/architecture/9090312/Pugin-the-man-who-made-the-Steam-Age-medieval.html
Creeping Juniper, Blue Spruce, Common Holly, Giant Rhubarb, Golden Bamboo, Chinese Jujube, Firethorn Pyracantha 'Orange Glow', Shrub Rose, Pencil Christmas Tree, Juniper, Purple Berberis,...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ctxP6Dp8Bk
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/...
http://www.drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2012/February/Engineers-Develop-Cement-With-97-Percent-Smaller-Carbon-Dioxide-and-Energy-Footprint/
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
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-...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2074818
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...
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...
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
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://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019fxb3
http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/2598086
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
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-...
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
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...
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/
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-...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/01/housing-benefits-cuts-rents-study
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/12/15154546/0
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....
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...
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....
http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/mcu/urbandesign/index.aspx   http://www.urbandesign.gov.au/
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...
http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/images/publications/pdfs/Cities_for_Growth_-_Nov__11.pdf
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://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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/15/mongolia-ice-shield-geoengineering
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://...
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
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://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...
https://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=17780
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...
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
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...
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...
"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://...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14916238
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
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.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...
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....
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/23/archaeologists-discover-roman-port-wales
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/keepin-it-cool-how-the-air-conditioner-made-modern-america/241892/
http://resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/CountyCouncil/bills/b03811.pdf
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....
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
"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.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/03/bjarke-ingels-incinerator-ski-slope
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/...
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.eukn.org/Interviews/Literary_portraits_of_less_known_European_cities_by_artists Article submitted by Andrew Stuck of Rethinking Cities
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/...
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...
http://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAAwards/Winners2011/RIBAAwards-winners2011.aspx
Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard is likely to be introduced. Building Regulations are likely to be revised. http://www.communities.gov.uk/statements/corporate/buildingsenvironment  
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/16/london-parish-glamour-grime-rookery-exhibition
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/may/massive-tornado-onslaught-raises-questions-about-building-practices-code-enforceme
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385995/Is-end-decking-TV-inspired-garden-boom-way-lawns-make-return.html
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.20splentyforus.org.uk/local_campaigns.htm
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
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...
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...
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...