July 2011

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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
Loneliness has been featured in the British tabloids over the past fortnight, highlighting its pervasive nature, and impact on health and quality of life, referring to increased suicide rates, and...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019842/Ive-just-slipped-office-Station-slide-brightens-morning-commute.html
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...
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...
People check their smartphones throughout the working day. A typical check routine takes around 30 seconds. Checkings do not occur randomly; they are associated with a small set of contexts that...
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...
http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningsystem/planningpolicy/planningpolicyframework/ Full Document http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1951811.pdf...
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
Top is New York, followed by San Fransisco, Boston and Chicago http://blog.walkscore.com/2011/07/walk-score-2011-rankings/
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...
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...
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...
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.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...
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/keepin-it-cool-how-the-air-conditioner-made-modern-america/241892/
http://freshscience.org.au/?p=2888 Falls are a major cause of injury in elderly people.  By identifying those at risk, support can be provided, and independence maintained.
http://resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/CountyCouncil/bills/b03811.pdf
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8645094/Japanese-tsunami-stood-at-132.5ft.html
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....
Scotland's urban areas are now home to increasing numbers of roe deer.  A deer code is under development to help manage the changes - including accident risk, damage to landscaping....
The National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative, led by the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust, will see developers and local authorities jointly funding the purchase of newly-built homes so...
London-Public Spaces... Matthew Carmona http://www.urbannous.org.uk/Matthew-Carmona-UCL.htm Shared Space... Lindsey Whitelaw http://www.urbannous.org.uk/Lindsey-Whitelaw.htm
This is a technical and economic analysis of different options for zero carbon standards for new non-domestic buildings.  http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1940106....
Covers legislation introduced along with data on the performance of new buildings. http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/1944728.pdf
In response to reforms in the Localism Bill, the Government is revising the regulations which govern the process by which local councils prepare their development plans. This consultation seeks views...
Measures include new stations, smart ticketing - covering buses, parking and cycle hire, car sharing etc. http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20110705
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...
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://esciencenews.com/articles/2011/07/14/diesel.fumes.pose.risk.heart.well.lungs.study.shows
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
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...
MEPs call for a 30km/h speed limit in all residential areas and on single-lane roads without cycle tracks, to help cut the number of children under 14 years old killed on roads by 60% and those...
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
Research involving 600 children from lower socio-economic groups provides statistical evidence that sports participation is also beneficial to a child's cognitive, emotional and behavioral...
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...
"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.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/01084419/0
Guidance covers key actions to reduce flood risk including: A reduction in the number of people, homes and property at risk of flooding as a result of public funds being invested in actions that...
The financing of infrastructure is currently a key constraint to development and the report explores the potential of development charges to assist this situation http://www.scotland.gov.uk/...
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Jon Adams looks at the past views on shaping of the modern city – including the seductive idea that broken cities might be the cause of broken society. fix the city and you can fix the citizen...
http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/public-life-private-hands
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/03/bjarke-ingels-incinerator-ski-slope
Small Grants Programmes for not for profit organisations http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/Design-Review/Grant-/   Design Review Grant http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/8615569/Noisy-wind-farm-drove-couple-out-of-their-home.html
A revised list shows that Parliament has imposed over 1350 duties on local authorities.  http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/tacklingburdens/reviewstatutoryduties/...
A Policy Exchange report has highlihted over abstraction, and lack of effective control when river flows are low is leading to enviornmental damage. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/britains-...
 "We have this new problem that we cannot see: it is tiny particles of nitrogen dioxide."  Professor Frank Kelly, Kings College London - as reported in the Independent. http://www...
Researchers have found that, at least when dealing with children, they learn more by discovery than being taught. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/teaching-children-0630.html Right across the field...
Research by the University of Columbia has found that giving consumers too many options can impair their ability to make skillful choices and erode their ability to determine the optimal choice for...