Urban Update 30th October 2013

Urban Update 30th December - pdf download

 

 

International Urban Design News

 

Australia

Sydney Design Awards

http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/winners-announced-for-the-2013-sydney-design-award

 

Jan Gehl walks away from Barrangaroo Development project as “concerns for the people landscape have gradually evaporated”.

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/jan-gehl-walks-off-$6bn-barangaroo-project/5062362.article

 

Canada

Ottowa Design Awards

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

 

Canada National Urban Design Awards – call for submissions

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

 

India

Mumbai’s poor demand inclusion in development plan

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/mumbais-urban-poor-demand-inclusion-in-development-plan/article5263009.ece

 

New Zealand

Christchurch urban design awards

http://www.3news.co.nz/Futuristic-technology-wins-urban-design-competition/tabid/423/articleID/318342/Default.aspx

 

The Changing Face of Suburbia

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/viva-magazine/news/article.cfm?c_id=533&object...

 

GB

The 12 Most Liveable Cities in Britain

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-12-most-liveable-cities-in-britain-8890228.html

 

Yet more estimates on the cost-benefit of HS2

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investing-in-britains-future-why-we-need-hs2

 

Value of travel time savings for businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/values-of-travel-time-savings-for-business-travellers

 

There is one of an extensive range of papers that has been produced on the appraisal of transport investments, following criticisms made earlier this year.  

 

Safety at Streetworks and Road works Code of Practice issued by DfT

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safety-at-street-works-and-ro...

 

High Street Renewal fund report launched by ATCM

https://www.atcm.org/townteamuploads/high_street_renewal_fund_report

England

Consultation launched on transforming the Highways Agency into a government owned company. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-the-highways-agency-into-a-government-owned-company

 

Thame Neighbourhood Development Plan Case Study

http://www.pas.gov.uk/documents/332612/1099329/Successful+development+of+the+Thame+neighbourhood+plan/9f174057-67a8-464f-b840-c329c41935aa

 

Savills publish Community infrastructure Levy Map- giving status

http://www.savills.co.uk/promotions/cil-map.aspx

 

Town and Country Planning Association Report – Planning Out Poverty

Recommendations include changing the NPPF to prioritise poverty reduction, creating a poverty reduction duty, Integrating planning with local placed-based service delivery, including through ‘single integrated departments’.  The report quotes Nigel Lee, former head of planning at Liverpool City Council Planning has simply lost its way, and it's time for planners to start really making a difference to peoples’ lives.’

http://www.tcpa.org.uk/data/files/Planning_out_Poverty.pdf

 

City Growth Commission Launched

http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=111475

 

Sheffield urban design week – Report

http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/out-about/a-week-to-appreciate-the-architecture-around-us-1-6163382

 

Graham Smith UDG Exec member, has Abingdon Cycle Route scheme reviewed

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/10734790.Fresh_look_at___300k_cycle_safety_project/

 

Cherwell Council not to progress with planning appeal following Secretary of State’s decision to grant permission

The council had refused the applications as it felt the proposals were in areas not suitable for development and that went against its Local Plan.

http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=111495

 

USA

NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

http://nacto.org/usdg/

In case you missed it in the previous edition of Urban Update

 

How Would NYC's Great Urban Planners Design For The Future?

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/10/11/how_would_nycs_great_urban_planners_design_for_the_future.php

 

Urban Design for Climate Change –walkable, healthy attractive cities that minimise energy use

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

 

Colorado urban design awards

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20131025/BUSINESS/310250015/City-design-awards-honor-Fort-Collins-pioneers-projects?nclick_check=1

 

Light, Quick And Cheap: The Big Shift In Urban Planning

http://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2013/10/23/light-quick-and-cheap-the-big-shift-in-urban-planning/

 

Request for proposal from urban design-civil engineering firm to remodel RTE126 highway into an attractive part of town

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/editorspick_mobile/x1155593203/Parker-The-potential-of-Rte-126

 

Los Angeles Urban Design Guidelines

http://dailytrojan.com/2013/10/29/city-hosts-workshop-regarding-urbaniza...

 

 

Research and Policy

 

Built Environment

 

Smart Cities Vocabulary

http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/51895

 

Classification system proposed for green roofs

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=18567

 

How Research Ecologists Can Benefit Urban Design Projects

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112972968/how-research-ecologists-can-benefit-urban-design-projects/

 

The Lesson of Hurricane Sandy : Put Parks not homes on the beach

-          Use natural sea defences

-          Be careful over introducing hard engineering measures – which can protect one area of coast at the expense of another

-          Avoid house building in the coastal zone

http://www.geosociety.org/news/pr/13-67.htm

 

UK scientists develop more accurate methods to predict local changes in sea levels that take into account factors such as subsidence or uplift of the ground by earthquakes etc.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/news/2013/oct/13_189.shtml

 

How Placemaking builds places and communities

http://dusp.mit.edu/sites/all/files/attachments/project/mit-dusp-places-in-the-making.pdf

 

Design tools

Urban Design Tools  - re-sketch your street

A smart phone app that allows users to take a photo of a street and then drag and drop landscape elements such including trees and shrubs.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3019622/use-this-urban-design-tool-to-prototype-a-different-street-outside

 

Streetmix

Allows you to design or re-design the cross section of a street. 

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3015909/can-you-design-a-liveable-street

NB to use this tool you need Chrome or Firefox

 

Crowd-sourcing - Online game enables amateurs to help with global gene-sequencing project

https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/19281/

 

LakeSim: Computation-Enabled Design for Chicago Lakeside Development

http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/10/16/580963/10052883/en/LakeSim-Computation-Enabled-Design-for-Chicago-Lakeside-Development.html

 

3D Technology to Tackle Singapore's Urban Planning Challenges

The technology, known as CityEngine, draws on Geographic Information System (GIS) and 3D software to enable urban planners to visualise how cities will look in future.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/oct/22/3d-technology-tackle-singapores-urban-planning-cha/

 

New method for Mapping Landscapes

“Machine Vision “ enables the automatic characterisation of landscape areas

http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=18700

 

 

Humans, Health and Society

Exercise during pregnancy improves vascular function of offspring into adulthood

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-10-pregnancy-vascular-function-offspring-adulthood.html

 

Evidence suggests that children of obese mothers are at greater risk of early heart related death

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-08-children-obese-mothers-greater-early.html#inlRlv

 

Exercise programmes could help to prevent fall injuries in older people

http://www.bmj.com/press-releases/2013/10/29/exercise-programmes-could-help-prevent-fall-injuries-older-people

 

Moderate exercise not only treats, but prevents depression

Low levels of physical activity (walking and gardening for 20-30 minutes a day) can ward off depression in people of all age groups

http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/moderate-exercise-not-only-treats-but-prevents-depression/

 

SilverLinings – The Active Third Age and the Future  - Building Futures Report

http://www.buildingfutures.org.uk/assets/downloads/MID_RIBA_Silver_linings_161013_v2.pdf

 

Politics, Philosophy, Economics

People don't put a high value on climate protection

Without further incentives selfish behaviour will continue to dominate

http://www.mpg.de/7580033/climate-protection-reward

 

People’s ability to maintain moral control decreases as the day progresses

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-10-moral-morning-dishonest-afternoon.html

 

Movement

Milton Keynes to trail driverless battery powered cars in 2015

12 mph speed, summoned via smartphone app, will run on reserved track

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/driverless-cars-milton-keynes-pavements-2647823

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477920/Welcome-science-fiction-future-Driverless-12mph-pods-room-passengers-to-pavements-Milton-Keynes-65million-smartphone-app-transport-system.html

 

Adaptive Cruise control could be used to eliminate motorway / freeway hold-ups

http://web.mit.edu/press/2013/algorithm-could-mitigate-freeway-backups.html

 

Cycling in Australia on the decline

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/18/australians-are-getting-off-their-bikes-new-research-shows

 

Online promotion of safer driving by teenagers

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/aaop-cps101713.php

 

2/3rds of children injured in cycle accidents do not fully recover.

This report starts off with the presumption that helmet wearing reduces injury without offering evidence that it does.  However one significant finding is that  34.1 percent of the children returned to their pre-injury capacity: that is 65.9 percent of children did not fully recover. 

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/aaop-o1p101713.phpa2