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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...
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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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....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17488450
DECC have published a 2050 Energy Futures Calculator on the DECC website, that allows you to calculate the costs of the energy strategy of your choice: from conservation to all-nuclear. Needless to...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/methane-discovery-stokes-new-global-warming-fears-shock-as-retreat-of-arctic-releases-greenhouse-gas-6276278.html
Electricity bills to rocket by 25% because of 'green' targets, says Government - The Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2074299/Electricity-bills-rocket-25-green-targets-say-...
A paper published in Science reports on an analysis of molecules from algae deposited on the ocean floor. The team estimate that there was a 40 percent CO2 decrease over a three million year period,...
On average, fossil fuel emissions have risen by 3.1 per cent each year between 2000 and 2010 – three times the rate of increase during the 1990s. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/...
The Commission's Action points (Full details elaborated in "Summary for Policy Makers" document at http://www.ccafs.cgiar.org/commission) Integrate food security and sustainable...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-10/uof-gmp102611.php
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228352.200-climate-known-sea-level-is-going-to-rise-many-metres.html
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/environment/climate-change/global-warning-climate-sceptics-are-winning-the-battle-2368617.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/ecjr-sii092111.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14949188
The grants will be set at £1,250 for a ground source heat pump; £950 for a biomass boiler; £850 for an air source heat pump; and £300 for solar thermal water heaters. On...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoa-ro-071511.php  
"Rather than the sun beating down onto the roof, which causes heat to be pushed through the roof and inside the ceiling of the building, photovoltaic panels take the solar beating. Then much of...
This slightly counter-intuitive conclusion from research by the California Institute of Technology could mean there is potential for substantially less land take from wind farms, and a reduction in...
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-wood-products-carbon-emissions-equation.html
Copper cable distribution systems around 5 percent of the energy for every 100 miles it is transmitted.   http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/ru-nm071411.php
Wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe were largely responsible for last year's 32 percent rise in green energy investments. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases...
Routine variations in weather take a toll in specific sectors of the economy: mining economy of 14 percent each year, perhaps because of changing demand for oil, gas, and coal. agriculture ranked...
A general article here... http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-renaissance-year-technology-ease-21st.html And a specific discovery of a metal that generates electricity direct from waste heat http://...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-north-africa-light-europe-solar-power
Study Reveals Future “Hotspots” of Risk for Hundreds of Millions Whose Food Problems are on a Collision Course with Climate Change Parts of Africa, all of India, and parts of South East...
"Planning ahead for mitigation and adaptation will be crucial"  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/uow-hio052711.php  
http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-barlaz-biodegradable/
In 1974 levels between 327 and 333 were being recorded.  In just 40 years, measured carbon dioxide levels have increased by 20 percent. ftp://ftp.cmdl.noaa.gov/ccg/co2/trends/co2_weekly_mlo.txt
The frear is that plant material preserved in permafrost will decay if temperatures rise, releasing immense quantities of methane and carbon dioxide. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-...
According to the International Energy Agency, emissions increased by 1.6 gigatonnes on 2009 - a 5 percent rise.   On the basis of past climate forecasts, this would mean around a 50% chance...
If all produce consumed in Santa Barbar County was grown in the county (100% localization), it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agrifood system  by less than 1%, ...
Currently solar photovoltaics achieve effeciencies of around 20 percent at best.  A new approach uses nano-technolgy to create tiny antenna or “nantenna” produced as a flexible sheet...
According to a report issued by the Norwegian based Artic Monitoring and Assessment Programme: The past six years (2005–2010) have been the warmest period ever recorded in the Arctic. ...
Check out the calculator on.... http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu, It enables people to identify which changes to make to their lifestyles to have the greatest impact on reduce Carbon Dioxide...
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...