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ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Despite having one of the world’s most extensive cycling networks, car ownership in Copenhagen has increased by some 30% in the past 20 years. Should this trend be reversed? Join a journey through backcasting, prototyping and other city planning techniques to find out.

UDG Event Review
Robert Huxford

In 2018 the Place Alliance, supported by funds from the UDG, conducted a survey of Design Skills in local authorities, finding a serious design skills shortage. 

“Almost half of local planning authorities had no dedicated in-house design capacity at all.”

Behind the Image
Lionel Eid, George Garofalakis, Rosie Garvey and Alice Strang

A strip of land along the former Eastern Curve railway line was transformed into a much-needed public green open space for Dalston by local residents together with muf architect/art and J&L Gibbons Landscape.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Climate Change Global Digest
Jane Manning with Joanna Wright, Mitch Cooke and Julie Futcher

The Government has adopted the Climate Change Committee’s Sixth Carbon Budget in full. The Budget charts a course to net-zero emissions via a target in 2035 for reducing emissions by 80 per cent compared to 1990 levels. This decision will require significant follow-up changes in policies and guidance affecting the built environment.

The County of London  Plan 1943, coloured  plate 1, Social and  Functional Analysis
My Favourite Plan
Dick Cole

The County of London Plan 1943, coloured plate 1, Social and Functional Analysis

A 20th century picture of AB  Row with the original boundary  mark
Endpiece
Joe Holyoak

When I worked in Birmingham City Council’s Architect’s Department in 1969, much of the huge council housing production was being done in peripheral places not previously built upon.

ideasSPACE
In conversation with Christopher Martin

Professor Nick Tyler is the Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies where he has established the Accessibility Research Group which aims to identify projects that make the world more sympathetic to people's needs through his work at the new UCL research facility, PEARL

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Climate Change Global Digest
Jane Manning

This year will see a wealth of research and new ideas emerging, as we head towards the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1–12 November 2021. In this article, we highlight the latest work of the UK’s Climate Change Committee and flag the opportunities to engage with research feeding into COP26.

 The walls were taken down in 1959
Endpiece
Joe Holyoak

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down.

Lines from Mending Wall by Robert Frost

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My Favourite Plan
Simon Ward

Isola Bella site plan by Georges Gromort, The Landscape of Man by Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe

Behind the Image
Lionel Eid, George Garofalakis, Rosie Garvey and Alice Strang

The former Adnams brewery distribution depot in Southwold has been transformed by Ash Sakula Architects into a convivial, mixed use development traversed by intimate streets and a pocket space

 

Copenhagen Cloudburst Masterplan, Atelier Dreiseitl
UDG Event Review
Malcolm Moor

Jointly hosted by the UDG and the Landscape Institute (London Branch) and chaired by Paul Reynolds, this event explored how to deal with the climate emergency by making schemes sustainable and resilient for the long term.

UDG Event Review
Judith Ryser

Chairing this event, Paul Reynolds asked the panellists ‘where will we be working?’ His introduction suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic will have lasting effects on the world of work. It will change how people work in homes, offices, factories, shops and distribution warehouses.

Distributor Road
Robert Huxford

UDG Director, Robert Huxford, outlines current best practice guidance and standards in street design.

Taken from the Urban Design Directory 2020/21.

1. London King’s Cross, the German Gymnasium restaurant
Jane Manning

Jane Manning, Director at Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners, finds that urban designers will have new roles in the circular economy.

Taken from the Urban Design Directory 2020/21

2. Kings Crescent
Katja Stille

Katja Stille, Director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, and Chair of the Urban Design Group, considers the wider opportunities of designing for children.

Taken from the Urban Design Directory 2020/21

Roger Evans

Roger Evans, urban designer, architect and town planner, explains what makes good places and shapes urban design ideas.

Taken from the Urban Design Directory 2020/21

ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

James Delaney is a Board member for Block by Block, which is a foundation backed by Mojang, Microsoft, and UN-Habitat to empower communities to turn neglected urban spaces into vibrant places. Their work ensures that marginalised voices are brought to the fore to help co-design the places we live, making for stronger communities, better public spaces, and a fairer society.

UDG Event Review
Richard Cole

Over 750 participants attended this introduction to the National Model Design Code (NMDC) led by Joanna Averley, the MHCLG’s Chief Planner, as part of the new National Planning Policy Framework.

Zomerdijkstraat Atelierwoningen
ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

For some working from home is a positive experience, citing better work/home balance, more opportunity for exercise, healthier eating and even more time for chores. But others - depending on the design of neighbourhoods or houses - have found it a huge challenge. So how do we put this right, and design for a future with increased working from home?

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