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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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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...
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....
Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, is currently running the ‘Hands Off My Bike!’ challenge prize - which calls on people from all over the UK to come up with breakthrough...
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/health-benefits-cycling-city/health-benefits-cycling-city.pdf Based on interviews of individuals on their attitudes and possible intentions.
The speech covers innovations such as routing, safety improvements including the prospect of virtually uncrashable cars by 2030.  http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/speeches/greening-20120425a/...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20120517a/
£15m of new funding for sustainable travel projects across the country that will promote economic growth and cut carbon. This is in addition to the £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2113692/The-car-hit-pedestrians-Safety-Volvo-outside-airbag-reduce-impact.html
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/cycling-city-and-towns-end-of-programme-reports/
Woman cyclist was killed by rear wheels of lorry at Kings Cross, at a place where the lane width was less that TfL's own guidance. No charges have been brought in the case and any decision rests...
http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/HIT-BRAKES/story-15430103-detail/story.html%20#20splenty The 20s Plenty for Us movement is now at a point where a number of main local authorities have adopted area-...
SOAs are tiny particles that are formed in air and make up typically 40 percent to 60 percent of the aerosol mass in urban environments. Fine-particle pollution can cause human health effects, such...
http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=105002
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17144863 fuller account http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3329890.ece
Jamming monitors have so far been placed at around 20 locations in the UK. At one particular location that has been monitored continuously for the past 6 months over 60 individual jamming incidents...
Local communities and businesses could be given control of decisions and budgets for major local transport schemes in their areas, under proposals announced for consultation.  The new system...
‎http://www.healthimpactproject.org/news/in/portland-tribune-county-may-look-at-health-impacts-of-bus-transfers
Manchester City Council on 31 January voted unanimously for a motion suppporting the introduction of 20mph speed limits using signs alone. http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/ It joins a...
Press comment Rowan Moore - Guardian - triumph for the 'shared space' movement http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/jan/29/exhibition-road-rowan-moore-review?newsfeed=true Simon...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20120130/
http://www.cnu.org/sites/www.cnu.org/files/sustainable_street_network_principles_op.pdf
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-03/main-document.pdf
http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/road_rage_at_driverless_cars_it_s_possible
"Underpriced parking not only increases automobile dependence but is also environmentally damaging to construct and maintain. We hope that our life-cycle assessment will help planners and public...
Will past successes in recovering major urban road infrastructure to become part of the city continue? http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/01/tricky-second-wave-urban-highway-removals/897/...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/hs2-economic-case-appraisal-update
An editorial in the BMJ raises the issue of an "exponential" increase in crashes (resulting in injury and death) linked to a rise in speed limits.  In the US, higher speed limits...
The HIA highlighted the health benefits the light rail offers through increased access to transit, which connects people to grocery stores, doctors’ offices, and other services. It would also...
The women claims that her car, a BMW, is not designed to travel at 20mph, and will seek compensation from Lancashire County Council if a 20mph limit is introduced. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/...
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/13070 University of Buffalo Research
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/cheeky-bicycle-rack-in-london-shows-exactly-how-much-room-a-car-takes-up.html?campaign=weekly_nl
Britain's traffic signs look as they do because of the work of designers Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert in the 1960s. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15990443
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15820069 BBC Review article looking at technologies including adaptive speed control and collision avoidance radar.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/features/walk-on-the-wild-side-pedestrians-could-soon-be-given-equal-footing-with-cars-6273707.html  
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/accessible-train-station-design/accessible-train-station-design-cop.pdf
Taken as a whole, the most significant infrastructure-related risk factors for cyclists in single vehicle incidents on highways appear to be; slippery road (due to weather), and poor or defective...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/strategic-rail-freight-interchange
Avon longitudinal study of parents and children: Exposure to injury risk in the road environment and reported road traffic injuries in 16-year-olds http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/avon-...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068659/The-underground-motorway-Germans-plan-cover-Europes-longest-autobahns-giant-PARK.html
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/accessible-train-station-design Resources published by the Department for Transport
http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/tal-5-11
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/alternatives-to-travel/next-steps.pdf
The software enables the simulation of different parking arrangements and pricing structures and the impact on traffic flows.  The authors also suggest that many major cities make two main...
Motorists decde whether or not to share - eye contact is not significant the willingness of a motorist to give way to others decreases with increasing speed, and falling away particularly after...
The first Zebra Crossing was opened in Slough, Berkshire, on 31st October 1951 The sources below suggest that the Zebra may be phased out in favour of other more expensive signalised crossings....
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9617577.stm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/14/guatemala-city-women-single-sex-buses
  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8829081/One-in-ten-avoid-public-transport-due-to-hygiene-fears.html
http://www.crashmap.co.uk/Search
Pickles pledges support for high streets Doubled small business rate relief.Over the past twelve months, half a million firms have benefited including high street shops, newsagents and cafés....
This overview report signals a change in Government policy which for a number of years has viewed light rail with a certain scepticism owing to cost.  It heralds a "UKTram" report...
The Analysis is based on the Police STATS19 forms that are filled in by officers attending injury accidents.  The forms are their subjective assessment of the cause of the collision and the...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/sep/01/ford-mykey-teenagers
HMSO have published a celebration edition of the 1931 Code http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/8704729/Highway-Code-turns-80.html What is unexplained is that for the past 80 years,...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019842/Ive-just-slipped-office-Station-slide-brightens-morning-commute.html
Erionite, which is linked with mesothelioma, has found in the roadstone used in parts of the USA.  Weathering and mechanical erosion from tyres produces fine particles which can become...
Top is New York, followed by San Fransisco, Boston and Chicago http://blog.walkscore.com/2011/07/walk-score-2011-rankings/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8647465/High-speed-rail-dismissed-as-vanity-project-by-right-wing-think-tank.html Claims that HS2 will bridge the north-south divide and bring regeneration should be...
Despite predictions of doom, experience in other cities has been that traffic can simply evaporate. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8638394/Carmageddon-set-to-bring-chaos-...
It is commonly stated in road safety circles that children below the age of 7 are poor at judging speed and distance.  Here is some research published in Psychological Science.that begins...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13924687 £131 million compareas with the value of housing on an average residential street in the UK i which runs at around £50...
Measues covered include: land-use and travel-demand management measures aimed at curbing household vehicle use low-carbon standards for transportation fuels public investments in transportation...
The research has looked at the ratio of head to arm and leg injuries in cyclists admitted to hospitals in New South Wales since 1991 when the wearing of helmets became mandatory. http://www....
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-06/joso-dut062011.php
Using a Google maps overlay, it forms part of the “Dangerous by Design” campaign for better facilities for pedestrians. http://t4america.org/resources/dangerousbydesign2011/map/#?latlng=...
http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/index.php?cID=651&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Making+the+case&utm_content=Making+the+case+CID_5cff049b7084ab69fa48cc621268e3d5&utm_source=Email+...
Audit Commission Report - "Going the Distance" http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nationalstudies/localgov/Pages/20110526goingthedistance.aspx Highways maintenance needs to develop to...
http://lec.lancs.ac.uk/research/society_and_environment/walking_and_cycling.php http://www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/be/oisd/news/Walking_Cycling.html   As reported in the Daily Mail http://www....
The Transport Business Case: http://www.dft.gov.uk/press/speechesstatements/statements/hammond20110427 Full list of changes www.dft.gov.uk/webtag - which provides the appraisal system for new...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategicframework/pdf/strategicframework.pdf 20mph zones are mentioned, but not 20mph limits as used in towns such as Portsmouth - the latter can be implemented...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategicframework/pdf/strategicframework.pdf 20mph zones are mentioned, but not 20mph limits as used in towns such as Portsmouth - the latter can be implemented...
In the USA, for the period between 1985 and 2007, vehicle use correlated "in the 99-percent range" with national annual obesity rates.  http://news.illinois.edu/news/11/...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/bmj-ydw051311.php
Sample 266 volunteers aged 70 to 88 All types of driving errors increased with age.  Men fared no better than women.  Blind spot errors were the most common mistake, followed by veering...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384004/Per-mile-car-tax-idea-make-lost-petrol-revenue-dismissed-White-House.html
 2,000 British children aged 7-14 surveyed   Over a third of children are scared of cars travelling too fast, with a fifth concerned about a lack of safe crossing points. Over a third...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/save-our-cyclists-clamour-for-flood-of-avoidable-road-deaths-to-be-stemmed-2268135.html
In towns, wear debris from vehicle brakes, tires, and the road surface itself, as well as the resuspension of "normal" dust, are responsible for more than half the fine particle emissions...
Review of recent technological developments in automobile control. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12338590