February 2012

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/architecture/9090312/Pugin-the-man-who-made-the-Steam-Age-medieval.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/26/will-hutton-london-cities-economy
Creeping Juniper, Blue Spruce, Common Holly, Giant Rhubarb, Golden Bamboo, Chinese Jujube, Firethorn Pyracantha 'Orange Glow', Shrub Rose, Pencil Christmas Tree, Juniper, Purple Berberis,...
An interesting article, showing the powerful effect urbanisation and victory of artificial light over darkness may have profoundly changed human behaviour patterns. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/...
http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=105002
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ctxP6Dp8Bk
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17144863 fuller account http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3329890.ece
http://nrs.fs.fed.us/news/release/urban-forests-lose-ground The benefits derived from urban trees provide a return three times greater than tree care costs, as much as $2,500 in environmental...
Urban birds sing louder and at higher frequencies than their country cousins in order to rise above the predominantly low-frequency background noise of urban environments. http://news.ku.dk/all_news/...
Biosocial research is a multi-disciplinary way of studying antisocial behavior which involves aspects of behavioral genetics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and developmental psychology....
http://www.drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2012/February/Engineers-Develop-Cement-With-97-Percent-Smaller-Carbon-Dioxide-and-Energy-Footprint/
These compounds are used or have been used in a variety of consumer products and industrial processes such as impregnation, textiles, carpets and fire-fighting foam http://www.fhi.no/eway/default....
Why do some people behave morally while others do not?  For decades, sociologists have posited that individual behavior results from cultural expectations about how to act in specific situations...
Meticulous mapping and excavations at an ancient cave in the Yucatan Peninsula are revea;omg how the city of Xcoch - dating from around 800 BC and featuring a great pyramid and other...
Airborne gases get sucked into stubborn smog particles from which they cannot escape. The results could explain a problem identified in recent years: Computer models long used by the U.S....
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...
Strategies for combating obesity and keeping dogs fit and healthy include portion control, increased exercise and diets specifically formulated for overweight pet. http://www.eurekalert.org/...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/wsu-sap021512.php
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9086620/Damien-Hirst-to-build-500-eco-homes.html
The Urban Design Group's annual awards event for 2012 took place on Wednesday 15 February in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal United Services Institute, 61 Whitehall, London. Hosted...
http://www.cpre.org.uk/media-centre/latest-news-releases/item/2732-economic-case-for-planning-reforms-debunked
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2099547/Leeds-City-Council-faces-corporate-manslaughter-charges-man-crushed-lorry.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16943729 ...in relation to fraud that is....
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at University of Newcastle upon Tyne is proud to offer 20 PGT Excellence Awards for Home and EU students entering in September 2012.  The...
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/01/9982
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...
2012 consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England: Section one - Introduction to the consultation package and proposals on Parts A, B, C, K, M and N, Access Statements, security,...
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/01/Planning27012012
‎http://www.healthimpactproject.org/news/in/portland-tribune-county-may-look-at-health-impacts-of-bus-transfers
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 criticises San Francisco for failing to deal with homelessness by any other means than removing outdoor seating. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/in-san-francisco-a-push-for-public-...
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/...
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.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2074818
Mr Pickles was speaking at a conference on markets and town centres, and extolling their virtues. The Love Your Local Market fortnight will be held from 23 June to 8 July http://www.communities.gov....
http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/lettercontractingout
Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization by Colin McEvedy The book observes that cities seemed then to have a lifespan of around 1000 years before...
Previous studies have focused on the cost of pollution-related worsening of existing asthma cases such as hospitalisations.  This new study published in the European Respiratory Journal...
New research launched by the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne will give buildings owners across Melbourne access to information that can help their buildings absorb less heat and...
World Health Organization figures show that up to 60% of males in Arab countries and up to 70% of females are overweight and obese The explanations include rapid urbanisation and ubiquitous travel by...
http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/being-ignored-hurts-even-by-a-stranger.html A research assistant walked along a well-populated path, picked a subject, and either met that...
http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/the-amygdala-and-fear-are-not-the-same-thing.html It has been suggested that in the visual pathway between the eye and the amygdala lies...
http://www.cnu.org/sites/www.cnu.org/files/sustainable_street_network_principles_op.pdf