January 2012

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Some important research from Whether liberal vs conservative views on the world are hard-wired in the brain Researchers found that conservatives reacted most strongly to negative images, and...
http://www.concordia.ca/now/media-relations/news-releases/20120126/what-are-friends-for-negating-negativity.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16775264
Ultra fine plastic fibres released during clothes washing are entering the sewage system and ultimately the sea.  Here they are ingested and can enter animal cells.  "Some polyester...
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http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/britains-canals-and-rivers-get-new-lease-of-life-with-funding-pledge-6296316.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2093067/How-Chinese-building-exact-replicas-Austrian-village--houses-sold.html
1 - the legally defined city? 2 - the extent of the urbanised area? 3 - the metropolitian area - the area of the city's influence? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16761784
http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/development-control/displayarticle.asp?ID=83960
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-16699069
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12024/1205523-437.stm
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-03/main-document.pdf
"The Government is freeing-up cities from the control of Whitehall to unlock their potential as engines of growth through a series of 'city deals' from the spring, giving them the powers...
A4 poster - print out - and enjoy a cup of coffee while you read it and reflect on the importance to urban living of this $60 billion industry. http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/...
http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/road_rage_at_driverless_cars_it_s_possible
Article by Daniel Bell (co author of "Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age") "The challenge is to combine the advantages of urban life with the sense of community found...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/21/rise-megacity-live Graphic http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2012/01/21/urban2.jpg
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019fxb3
http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/2598086
http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/stories/dft-news-20120116/
The rules on predetermination have been clarified freeing councillors to express their opinions on issues of local importance without the fear of legal challenge. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/...
The Mayor of Lancaster, Los Angeles County has introduced bird recordings from England, and for the past 10 months has had his city play them over 70 speakers along a half mile of Lancaster...
http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/street-makeovers-put-new-spin-on-the-block-38926/
http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/street-makeovers-put-new-spin-on-the-block-38926/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087094/Gardens-Eden-The-heavenly-horticulture-blossoming-roofs-high-city.html
http://www.nooga.com/153102/a-new-vision-for-patten-parkway-presented-to-the-public/ What is the Urban Design Challenge Local urban design teams have been tapped to create the best future for...
http://www.keysnet.com/2012/01/14/413359/city-planner-pushes-more-coordination.html
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2011/12/architecture-and-urban-design-forecast-for-2012-.html
http://www.carrickfergustimes.co.uk/news/business/2_5m_town_centre_revamp_1_3413233
The presence of rib lesions points to pulmonary inflammation caused by a combination of wood fires, and oil lamps, noted.   the study also draws conclusion about the population profile....
This document explains how the Government is putting civic leaders, residents, local businesses and civil society organisations in the driving seat drive the regeneration of their area, strengthen...
Stunning aerial photographs show what's going on in the world's back gardens... Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085752/Eye-sky-The-pretty-patterns-housing-developments-...
US-based Healthy Cities Institute explores how the physical environment of a place can affect health and well-being . http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/01/how-make-city-healthy/934/
"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...
A study Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking  by Marlon G. Boarnet, Kenneth Joh, Walter Siembab, William Fulton, and Mai Thi Nguyen finds that "the number of businesses per acre is...
http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/design-for-living-gary-hustwits-design-trilogy/1000810384/
http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/9468681.Demolition_plan_for_controversial_Valley_Centre_in_Rawtenstall/
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/business/local-business/the_600m_question_1_4132807
Untreatable tuberculosis, the nemesis of high-density living, has returned. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21350-totally-drugresistant-tb-at-large-in-india.html
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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...
The metropolis of Songdo in South Korea could help older cities, like London, to upgrade. Cities are already home to half of the world’s 7billion population and that figure will rise to 70 per...
http://www.dublincity.ie/Press/PressReleases/PRDec11/Pages/YourCityYourSpaceDraftDublinCityPublicRealmStrategyOutdoorAdvertisingStrategy.aspx
Irish Times article criticises council for hypocrisy over draft public realm strategy.   http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0104/1224309779091.html
http://www.build.ie/construction_news.asp?newsid=137992
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2012/01/frank-gehry-city-building/900/
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
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2054393
http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2057624
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...
Major depressive disorder affects nearly one in 10 adults in the U.S.  UT Southwestern researchers examined the results of almost 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010.  ...
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A study of 4,000 African American women living in Los Angeles has found that the risk of diabetes increased by a significant 24 percent, and the risk of hypertension by 11 percent, for each 12 ppb...
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2011/12/worst-in-architecture-and-design-for-2011.html many examples ranging from advertising through to poor provision of parks affecting half of...
Colour photos of London, Paris, USA, Taj Mahal from one hundred years ago. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080480/Bygone-times-The-incredible-colour-photos-capture-world-brink-permanent-...
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.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/01/housing-benefits-cuts-rents-study