Urban Update - 20th November 2013

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International Urban Design News

Europe

Perception survey of quality of life in 79 European Cities

Most people are very satisfied with their city, but there are low levels of satisfaction with the sate of streets and buildings and with schools and education, and mixed views over air quality.  

http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/studies/pdf/urban/survey2013_en.pdf

 

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 – Grants for smart green integrated transport

https://connect.innovateuk.org/documents/2800720/7771738/Draft%20H2020%20Surface%20Transport%20Work%20Programme%20%2831-10-2013%29

Australia

AIA National Architecture Awards winners announced

http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/2013-aia-national-architecture-awards-winners-anno

 

Canada

Calgary Mayors Urban Design Award Winners

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/LUPP/Pages/Mayors-Urban-Design-Awards/Mayors-Urban-Design-Winners-2013.aspx

 

Ontario Place urban park and waterfront trail

http://www.citynews.ca/2013/11/12/design-firm-hired-for-ontario-place-urban-park-and-waterfront-trail/

 

Stoney Creek Urban Design and Architecture Awards

http://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/4197587-urban-design-a-city-of-winners/

 

Ottawa Urban Design Awards

http://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-honours-best-urban-designs-awards-ceremony

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/City+honours+fresh+innovative+approaches+Urban+Design+Awards/9071877/story.html

 

Call for submissions to the 2014 Canada Urban Design Awards

http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/call-for-submissions-to-the-2014-national-urban-design-awards/1002671086/

 

China

China’s suburbia harbouring a crisis

Pollution, long commutes, gated developments, segregated communities

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2022262127_chinasuburbiaxml.html

 

China’s Soviet-Style Suburbia Heralds Environmental Pain

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-06/china-s-soviet-style-suburbia-heralds-environmental-pain.html

India

Most parts of Delhi in the grip of Noise pollution

Noise levels on one road are quoted as about 73 leq dBA, the permitted limit is 55 leq dBA; and in some markets as in excess of 100leg dBA

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-11-13/pollution/44028155_1_noise-pollution-noise-levels-noise-barriers

Leq – is in effect the average noise level: peak noise levels are substantially in excess with passing lorries approaching 100dBA.

An noise level of over 100leq dBA would be something people would normally only experience in a rock concert.

 

Cyclists and Pedestrians account for over half of road casualties

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/cyclists-and-pedestrians-account-for-over-half-of-all-road-fatalities/article5260213.ece

 

People’s Vision Document for Mumbai’s development unveiled

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-10-23/mumbai/43324216_1_development-plan-vision-document-dp

 

New Zealand

Bridging the Gap – New Zealand Transport Agency Urban Design Guidelines

http://nzta.govt.nz/resources/bridging-the-gap/docs/bridging-the-gap.pdf

 

“Auckland's waterfront plan will not deliver”

“If Auckland wants to become a great city, it has to be truly a leader in urban design, construction and performance”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/9405157/Aucklands-waterfront-plan-will-not-deliver

 

Portugal

Metro do Porto Bombardier Project Wins Top Urban Design Award

http://3blmedia.com/News/CSR/Bombardier-Project-Wins-Top-Urban-Design-Award

 

Singapore

Urban Redevelopment Authority signs memorandum of understanding with Esri to harness world’s most advanced 3D visualisation technology for urban planning

http://www.directionsmag.com/pressreleases/ura-signs-mou-with-esri-to-harness-worlds-most-advanced-3d-smart-city-/367498

 

Discover Singapore's gorgeous urban greenery

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/urban-design/discover-singapores-gorgeous-urban-greenery/

 

UK

Public Health and Landscape published by the Landscape Institute

5 principles covering: environment, inequality, social contact, learning and development, physical and mental health.

http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/policy/health.php

 

Hampton’s survey examines risks in housing development

http://www.businesssouth.org/uploads/Business-Solent/SiteImages/LSH%20-%20Residential%20Development%20Survey.pdf

 

Love thy Neighbourhood – Policy Studies Institute report

Includes recommendations on: Neighbourhood governance, planning and  budgets; district heating and neighbourhood energy efficiency

http://www.ippr.org/images/media/files/publication/2013/11/love-thy-neighbourhood_Nov2013_11478.pdf

 

Residential Land Market Report - Savills

http://www.rics.org/uk/knowledge/more-services/consumer-guides/rights-to-light/

 

100 years of housing policy analysed  - National Housing Federation / Social Market Foundation

http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/hothouse.housing.org.uk/Downloads/Politics_of_Housing.pdf

 

Policy exchange report – Reducing housing demand vs Increasing housing supply

http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/images/publications/taxing%20issues.pdf

 

 

 

England

 

Healthy people, healthy places briefing - Obesity and the environment:  increasing physical activity and active travel

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/256796/Briefing_Obesity_and_active_travel_final.pdf

 

Transport for London publishes digest of street improvement schemes – Better Streets Delivered

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/better-streets-delivered.pdf

 

Build homes or lose planning permissions, Nick Boles tells developers

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/10437114/Build-homes-or-lose-planning-permissions-Nick-Boles-tells-developers.html

 

Plans to transform Liverpool city centre flyover into “promenade in the sky”

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/plans-transform-liverpool-city-centre-6313136

 

Kings Cross Garden Design

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/17/dan-pearson-design-for-kings-cross-garden

 

Airport City Manchester development proposal

http://www.airportcity.co.uk/pdf/airport-city-logistics-i-brochure.pdf

 

Royal Docks ideas competition

http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/events/royaldocks.php

 

Scotland

Plan to revitalise town centres launched

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Plan-to-revitalise-town-centres-launched-5e8.aspx

           

New powers for Scotland’s communities

A new law will make it easier for communities to take over public sector land and buildings, reform the community right to buy and give communities greater say in the provision of services.

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-powers-for-Scotland-s-communities-5e5.aspx

USA

Why suburbanites should support good urban design

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/anonymous/why-suburbanites-should-support-good-urban-design

50 Top Designs for NY Battery Park

http://www.thebattery.org/projects/chair-competition/

 

Richmond – Empowering citizens through urban design

http://archinect.com/baskervill/release/baskervill-gives-back-empowering-citizens-through-urban-design

 

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design partners with Hyperloop to study tube transit system

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-architecture-and-urban-design-249146.aspx

 

Kitchener Urban Design Awards

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4196176-kitchener-honours-best-in-urban-design-heritage-conservation/

 

Minnesota Urban design takes patience, thick skin, plenty of parking

http://www.aia-mn.org/ext_convention/2011-convention.cfm

 

Unpleasant Design": urban design that bullies its users

http://boingboing.net/2013/11/11/berlin-workshop-tomorrow-on.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://unpleasant-design.pravi.me/

Competition entrants

http://unpleasant.pravi.me/unpleasant-design-competition-entries/

 

Reclaiming Rivers – the latest trend in Urban Design

http://www.archdaily.com/445637/reclaiming-rivers-the-latest-trend-in-urban-design/

 

Trace Los Angeles from streetcar days to ‘new urbanism'

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/lifestyle/20131111/trace-los-angeles-from-streetcar-days-to-new-urbanism

 

Research and Policy

Built Environment

International Ecocitystandards

http://www.ecocitystandards.org/

 

Building Information Modelling  in major civil engineering projects

http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/195591/taking-over-world-massive-civil-engineering-projects-bim-comes-age#!

 

 

Urban flooding video – explains current modelling and flood mitigation techniques 

Northumbrian Water, Newcastle University

http://vimeo.com/68997513

 

 

The secrets of the world's happiest cities

What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation?

Commute times linked to health and relationship and life satisfaction

Driving in congested traffic stressful

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/01/secrets-worlds-happiest-cities-commute-property-prices

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery, published by Penguin at £16.99.

 

Urban Design for Climate Change- The Third Way - Ideas for linking urban design and healthy communities

http://sandiegofreepress.org/2013/10/urban-design-for-climate-change-the-third-way/

 

 

Historic Streets and Squares – New Book

50 streets from the British Isles that encompass its history

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2508716/The-50-streets-reveal-glimpse-Britains-domestic-history-ancient-Roman-routes-modern-bustling-roads.html#ixzz2kwkiFD84
 

Four failed urban planning designs

·         Broadacre city – Frank Lloyd Wright – a suburb lacking a city

·         Ville Contemporaine – Le Corbusier – failure to design for human side of life

·         Seward’s Success – Adrian Wilson Associates – high construction costs

·         Triton City by Buckminster Fuller – before its time perhaps

http://sourceable.net/four-failed-modern-urban-planning-designs/

 

 

Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future – Exhibition in New York

Includes the Futurama exhibit designed for General Motors

http://www.mcny.org/content/i-have-seen-the-future

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2013/10/norman-bel-geddes-designer-original-futurama

 

Your commute is killing you

A recent study of 4,297 Texans compared their health with the distances they commuted to and from work. It showed that as these distances increased, physical activity and cardiovascular fitness dropped, and blood pressure, body weight, waist circumference and metabolic risks rose.

http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/nytimes-communtings-hidden-cost.html

 

Research reveals roles for exercise and diet in aging, depression

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/sfn-rrr110413.php

 

Survey of depression rates around the world: eg Afghanistan 20 percent to Japan 2.5 percent

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/11/07/a-stunning-map-of-depression-rates-around-the-world/

 

Bisphenol A is affecting us at much lower doses than previously thought – are microwave dinners affecting our health?

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/lb-bai110713.php

 

New study finds trustworthy people are perceived to look similar to ourselves

http://www.rhul.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/news/newsarticles/newstudyfindstrustworthypeopleareperceivedtolooksimilartoourselves.aspx

 

Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes launches new website promoting academic work in urban design

http://www.udg.org.uk/udupdate/news/joint-centre-urban-design-oxford-brookes-launches-new-website-promoting-academic-work-

http://brookesjcud.wix.com/jcud

 

Design tools

 

Urban API – tool for urban planning and design

http://www.urbanapi.eu/

Humans, Health and Society

What causes young adults to return to the parental home?

·         for young adults completing full-time education, it has become commonplace to return home. Around half of those leaving education in their early twenties returned home.

·         relationship break-ups are another main reason that people return home in young adulthood. Among men and women who experienced a break-up in their early twenties, around a third returned home.

·         men remain more likely to be living in the parental home than women, although the gender gap is narrowing.

·         the association between economic disadvantage and living in the parental home has strengthened, especially among men.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/news/2013/nov/13_197.shtml

 

Muggings more than double in London after dark (using 2002 & 2003 data) but only by 20 percent in Glasgow

The researchers also found that London street robberies rose by around 1% for each one degree Celsius the temperature rose, independently of how much daylight there was.

http://jrc.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/12/20/0022427812469114

 

Depression second leading cause of global disability burden

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/plos-a103013.php

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001547

 

Politics, Philosophy, Economics

 

Informal elite network changed international politics in the 1970s

http://news.ku.dk/all_news/2013/2013.11/informal_elite_network_changed_international_politics_in_the_1970s/

 

Neighbourhood integration and cohesion cannot co-exist.

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/study-asks-is-a-better-world-possible/

 

People new to power more likely to be vengeful

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uok-pnt111813.php

This research is well worth checking out, and may offer useful tips for running community engagement exercises.

Natural Environment

Clean Air Act has led to improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed – reduced NOx air pollution has led to lower Nitrogen levels in water

http://www.umces.edu/al/release/2013/nov/06/clean-air-act-has-led-improved-water-quality-chesapeake-bay-watershed

 

Energy, Climate Change

Safe long term geological storage of CO2 is possible

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/ggph-slt110813.php

 

International team of climate and social scientists say a new approach to climate preparedness is essential to help people adjust to coming changes

·         Understanding what information is needed to make decisions about adapting to climate change

·         Identifying vulnerabilities in society, the economy and the environment

·         Improving forecasts and climate models in ways that can address specific problems

·         Providing technology, management, and policy options for adapting

Published in Science – US Department of Environment

http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=1020

 

Movement

Outcry over spate of London cycle deaths

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/17/cyclists-dead-london-roads-safer

 

Is cycling becoming more or less safe?

Check the Travel Independent website for data statistical significance of trends

http://www.travelindependent.org.uk/casualties_national.html

 

BBC’s analysis

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24987425

 

Annual car crash deaths in England and Wales have fallen 40 percent in 50 years - But may still contribute to social class and gender differences in life expectancy

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/bmj-acc110413.php

What is desperately needed is research into the cause of crashes, and injuries; a field that has been lamentably neglected.

 

Interactive map of commute times in USA

http://project.wnyc.org/commute-times-us/embed.html#8.00/40.976/-75.173

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/average-commute-times-usa-interactive-map.html

 

Census data shows how the population of individual local authorities in England changes during the course of a working day

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10417064/Mapped-how-the-countrys-population-changes-during-a-work-day.html

 

Crash alert – app to stop pedestrians falling into holes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22631731

 

Evolution of retail logistics diagram

http://www.jll.com/PublishingImages/Campaigns/Evolution_of_retail_logistics_infographic_771.jpg

 

Underground cyclepark - video

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24960489

 

Car capable of reading human emotions

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2490292/Would-make-friends-CAR-Toyota-teases-FV2-concept-vehicle-reads-EMOTIONS-BONDS-drivers.html

 

Proposal to extend length of HGV trailers raises concerns over threat to vulnerable road users

http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/files/longer_lorries_final.pdf

A compilation of HGV’s stuck attempting impossible turns.

http://www.haibat.com/index.php?pageid=trucks