Urban Update 30 March 2017

Energy, Climate Change

2016 hottest year on record 1.1C above pre industrial era  - World Meteorological Organisation

Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts.

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’  - The Guardian

Earth's worst-ever mass extinction of life holds 'apocalyptic' warning about climate change, say scientists  -  Independent

100,000 years to restore climate –   The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum - BBC Podcast

'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016- BBC

Did humans create the Sahara desert – Popular Archaeology

City in China designed around solar energy - BBC

UK greenhouse gases now 42% lower than they were in 1990 – Independent
Do not be misled by comparisons that fail to reflect the “offshoring” of UK manufacture, which means that the emissions of many of the products consumed in the UK are counted in other countries’ emissions figures.


Built Environment

The world’s most and least expensive cities for 2017 – Economist Intelligence Unit

The 20 least liveable cities on Earth

New Nordic Gardens: learn the secrets of Scandi style  - Telegraph

The junk playground – Denmark’s eco-contribution to outdoor school education

Where are England’s steepest streets…Shaftesbury, Malvern, Lincoln, Sheffield, Bristol

The saga of the yellow car of Arlington Row, Bibury
Described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" Bibury has been in the national media owing to a controversial yellow car parked at Arlington Row.



Roman road excavated

Ozymandias statue found - Look upon my works ye mighty and despair….. 
Check out the poem by Shelly …..

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; 
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! 
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay 
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare 
The lone and level sands stretch far away
A sober warning against arrogance in the built environment!  

Archaeologists Uncover Vast Ancient Roman Copper Mining Operation in Spain


Natural Environment

England has more ancient oak trees than rest of Europe put together, attributed to Norman deer-parks- Independent



Humans, Health, Society

Three quarters of older people in the UK are lonely - Guardian

Age Concern Loneliness heat map

Lying is necessary for maintaining good social relations


Politics, Philosophy, Economics

Britain could lose 8pc of its construction workforce after Brexit, says Rics- Telegraph

Could renting a house be made as easy as online shopping?- Telegraph

Business rates favour large shops and internet mail order warehouses – This is Money


Boutique, Harrogate





Little Waitrose
Parsons Green

 Parsons Green






Kidzone, clothes shop Burnley





Will circular runways ever take off? - BBC

Major underground transit centre for Queensland university to include tunnel for buses– Courier Mail


Lendlease gets green light for Melbourne waterfront scheme – The Construction Index


10% of Moscow’s housing is set to be torn down and 1.6 million people moved as the city’s ‘Khrushchevka’ flats are destroyed.  - Guardian


Folkestone and Margate have been named the 'coolest' places in the country by The Times

Government shelves plan to build 200,000 starter homes– The Independent

Masterplanning News

JTP release masterplan for Fair Oaks airport site nr Chobham, Surrey

Cheshire East Council unveils Crewe 2,273 acre masterplan by Arup and CBRE.

Permission given for 7,000 home Redrow development in northwest Cardiff.
View development website Plasdwr

How new malls are thriving by seamlessly blending into the urban fabric – Guardian

Brutal inspiration: why poets are writing about Coventry's ring road


Sustrans Dunstable Transport Choice hub claims a 1/3 reduction in car journeys

Dunsfold Park - Top Gear track housing plans called in…

Bury St Edmonds Masterplan consultation

Devon - Kingsbridge – 100 Homes Masterplan

Public realm improvements to transform public housing estate in Newport  - South Wales Argos

Craigmillar east of Edinburgh development underway – Edinburgh Reporter

Deep clean and £3.2m pedestrianisation plans revealed for Union Street,  Aberdeen

Aberdeen council receives application for car based retail park development  - Planners urge rejection and continued commitment to city masterplan - Evening Express
Developers, claim the expansion will create 500 jobs.  The wise know that retail development merely redistributes existing jobs.   

Masterplan for Maryport are being drawn up by Allerdale Borough Council – Times and Star

Mineral extraction plan designed to double size of rowing club lake at Upton, Malvern – Malvern Gazette

Sleaford masterplan to secure 7300 jobs

Consultation on Silverstone Masterplan

Thousands of new jobs and homes announced for Coventry and Warks in £392m Midlands masterplan

Major visitor attraction could be built at Liverpool’s Kings Dock – Liverpool Echo

£135 million plan to transform Gloucester’s waterfront enabled by local development order  - Gloucestershire Live