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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....
The Growth Cities Network has been formed to promote the case for more powers for England’s mid-sized cities and is in discussions with ministers to establish how they can contribute better to...
Communities report being overwhelmed by the amount of engagement with service providers that comes with their participation, yet they remain underwhelmed by the 'quality' of this engagement...
The percentage of the poorest Chinese who say they are satisfied with their lives has fallen more than 23 percentage points. Only 42 percent of Chinese people in the lowest income bracket reported...
The proportion of shops in Britain lying empty has hit a new record of 14.6% according to the Local Data Company http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17478331
Forty-five percent of persons living in the most deprived areas want to move home, compared to 29% in the least deprived areas. Individuals living in urban areas have a higher preference for moving...
The overall sense of control that comes with power tends to make people feel overconfident in their ability to make good decisions. Studies suggest that that power leads to a feeling of over-...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/8953597/Graphic-the-decline-of-the-British-high-street.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102531/At-14-shops-day-shutting-Britains-high-streets-shoppers-hunt-bargains-online-stores-retail-parks.html   A totally misleading headline: no account...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/26/will-hutton-london-cities-economy
The forum will focus on making the nation’s biggest cities and regional centres more productive, sustainable and liveable.  Chaired by the Secretary of the Department of...
Article in the Scotsman demonstrates that there is a hard business case for investing in the public realm. http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/historic-sites/...
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16490565 This may well be a so called "disruptive technology", which brings about substantial social change.  By making internet use far easier and...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8955027/Britain-a-nation-of-online-shoppers.html Sixth annual International Communications Market report Smart phone ownership 46 percent in August 2011....
The costs of solar photovoltaic energy are substantially lower than believed, according to researchers at MTU - price of solar cell panels has fallen by 70 percent since 2009 - the life expectancy...
  Put in place a “Town Team”: a visionary, strategic and strong operational management team for high streets Empower successful Business Improvement Districts to take on more...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/8948621/Ambitious-Mary-Portas-report-aims-to-bring-shoppers-back-to-high-streets.html recommendations are thought to include - tax on...
http://m.theage.com.au/national/laptoptoters-changing-shape-of-urban-design-20111127-1o1gl.html
http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/11/29/14031-urban-planning-architecture-books-atop-hawaii-governors-desk/ An example of a civic leader with an appreciation of urban design and the long term...
A story from the University of Alberta of grandiose development dreams falling prey to economic dynamics, and lack of democratic process http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uoa--ovc112211....
http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2011/UR_CONTENT_363946.html
The Telegraph reports that the figures were based on CBI estimates that themselves are nearly 20 years old.   The RTPI said “We don’t think there is any evidence, that planning...
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228354.500-revealed--the-capitalist-network-that-runs-the-world.html
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/10/26/destroying-houses-to-save-cities/a-vision-beyond-rebuilding
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/us/suburban-poverty-surge-challenges-communities.html?_r=3&hp
The research identifies: Logical persuasion, (LP) - where the appeal is by presenting facts Non-rational influence (NI)  – where the play is to the emotions And the research found that it...
There were 2,178 high street bookshops left in Britain in July, according to research carried out by Experian, the data company, compared with 4,000 in 2005. A total of 580 towns do not have a single...
The Tesco model it seems was mismatched to retail patterns in Japan: a culture of immediate gratification from street vending machines (possible only in a vandal-free environment), a dense pattern of...
Reactions to the riots The search for simple solutions…Telegraph http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100100666/uk-riots-left-and-right-look-for-simple-answers-to-a-complex-...
if you want to make your own mind up about research and statistics then you need to read and understand this - and its not difficult! http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/05/bad-science-...
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society....
Following a tragedy at Felbrigg Hall some four years ago where a falling two tonne beech tree branch  killed one child instantly and seriously injured another, the National Trust have had...
The geography of jobs is changing. While higher skilled jobs are increasingly concentrating in cities along the main transport corridors and in city centres, low-skilled jobs are dispersing out of...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/8615569/Noisy-wind-farm-drove-couple-out-of-their-home.html
The quality of the evidence for dietary advice given in UK national newspapers is poor. Of 111 dietary health claims identified, 72% and 68% (assessed by WCRF and SIGN criteria respectively) had...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13628374 There may be a worrying delusion that the knowledge economy is the most important and largest sector of the economy, and that somehow the...
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-the-imf-itself-should-be-on-trial-2292270.html
http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=analysis.item&id=99492 http://www.cityfinancecommission.co.uk/
As household-name stores fall prey to online shopping boom, we ask: Will the internet monster eat the High Street? - asks the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1389343/As-household...
Capping of payments in medical negligence cases in Texas has led to insurance premiums dropping to around 2000 dollars per physician.  http://www.facs.org/news/jacs/tortreform0511.html The...
A study of citizen's in Addis Abbaba found factors influencing well being are held in common with developed nations, including: married people are more satisfied with life than unmarried and...
"The romantic idea of a direct connection between local economic activity and business rates paid to local government has no foundation in reality” http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/press/...
The world is running out of cheap and high quality sources of some essential materials such as oil, copper and gold, the supplies of which, in turn, require ever-rising volumes of fossil fuels and...
Service allows individuals to relay their location (GPS) to a website and receive details of nearby retaillers with special offers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13158901
A report by the Centre for Cities says student spending accounts for 10% of the economic activity of some cities.  Most dependent on student revenue are: Cambridge, Plymouth, Coventry, Oxford,...
The Crown Estate plans to spend £500m on regenerating St James's in London following the success of its decade-long modernisation of Regent Street. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/...
Waitrose's new and largest store is a virtual one that sells only via the internet. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/waitrose-turns-screws-on-ocado-with-virtual-store-2270216.html...