April 2011

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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/...
Queens University Belfast study finds high computer use in adolescents is associated with approximately 50 per cent increased engagement with a cluster of six MRB, including smoking, drunkenness, non...
The study included 1,138 older adults with a mean age of 80. On average, those who reported the highest levels of social activity (the 90th percentile) experienced only one quarter of the rate of...
The study included 954 older adults with a mean age of 82. Results showed that a person who reported a high level of social activity was about twice as likely to remain free of a disability involving...
The 2007–2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey revealed that 24% of adults were overweight (body mass index [BMI] 25.0–29.9) and 37% were obese (BMI > 30).  Measures discussed...
Strangers to a neighbourhood percieve signs of 'disorder' as indicators of a community that is vulnerable to criminal behaviour and lacking in safety.  Such signs include: loose...
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
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...
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...
Environmental tipping points are, according to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sometimes dependent on whether humans are indifferent, or prepared to accept the runaway...
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...
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 early May, the Urban Design Group supported by MADE is holding its first urban design education symposium.  Course leaders from across the UK will be coming to discuss challenges and...
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...
Of note is change in South America up to the first contact with settlers from the old world leading to a dramatic reversal and revival of the natural environment, coinciding with the death of the...