Articles

ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

The way we live, the environment, the climate, our mood and happiness, and all of society are shaped by how we eat, our food culture. If we are to plan for healthy and successful places, we have to plan for food.

Guy's  and St Thomas' Charity
ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

At the root of building accessible, enjoyable, and democratic cities is planning for places that support us in our development from childhood to adulthood. Eliminating the crisis of childhood obesity is a cornerstone of this work.

ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Places shape our behaviour, and behaviour over time is culture. Art and culture is what defines places, defines societies and what makes us human. How do we embed a wry smile in urban design, and how can we drop some optimism bombs to spread some joy and laugher? Because after this year we sure need it.

ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Urban design is as much the design of places as it is working with human behaviour - so why don’t we consider psychology alongside architecture, engineering, and urban design? We say we need to, let’s find out how.

Rob Cowan
Robert Huxford

Design Codes are a key component of the planning system proposed in the White Paper and argues that development that conforms to code will fast track through the planning process...

Jane Manning with Julie Futcher, Joanna Wright and Mitch Cooke

The implications of the current pandemic on the climate crisis continue to dominate debate and research, in particular, the degree to which the pandemic might allow more significant gains to be made with respect to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This article highlights some of the most interesting early findings and the projects leading the way.

Brasilia Master Plan
My Favourite Plan
Meredith Evans

 Lucio Costa’s 1957 master plan for Brasilia, the new capital of Brazil.

Robert Huxford
More design goes into a pizza than a local plan?


Jane Manning with Julie Futcher, Joanna Wright and Mitch Cooke

The Coronavirus has had big effects on movement and lifestyles, and therefore on our energy consumption and carbon emissions. There has been a lot of coverage of air pollution drops across countries during the pandemic. Here we provide some useful links on this topic as well as other aspects, highlighting the opportunities for urban designers to help take the good from this crisis.

My Favourite Plan
Graham Paul Smith
De Dijk, Rijswijk, The Netherlands Architect , Ashok Bhalotra, Kuiper Compagnons, Rotterdam. Source of plan: Gemeente Rijswijk
Roger Evans

The pandemic provides us with time to reflect on the kind of world we have been building. Do we continue to treat the planet and its resources as commodities to be traded for our own benefit or do we re-emerge after the crisis with a different set of priorities?

Westminster bridge reimagined by McGregor Coxall
Scott Elliott Adams, Urbanist, and Christopher Martin, Co-Founder of Urban Movement

Covid 19 has changed the world in an unbelievably short period of time, and we will not be able to go back to our old ways anytime soon, or arguably ever. People will need to adapt to new ways of life for the foreseeable future, whilst our towns and cities will need to change to reflect new norms. With this, our streets offer an attractive and flexible solution to help us do so - protecting people from COVID19 and any future crisis we might face.

Christopher Martin

Climate Change is the world’s least exciting pandemic. In so many places it has become the norm, not least because it discriminates. The pain is most acute if you live in a less affluent country, and then more so if you’re in poverty.

My Favourite Plan
Dr Victoria Lawson

The Liverpool City Plan (aka The Shankland Plan)

My Favourite Plan
Ben Flippance, Design Director, IDP

First floor plan, Markthal in Rotterdam, by MVRDV 

Christopher Martin

Behaviour Change programmes have for some time been relied on to encourage people to do things that, rather obviously, they aren’t currently doing. This is often a difficult task, as people normally have reasons for behaving the way they do, behaviours that are, in essence, the result of an environment which has invited us to act in certain ways

My Favourite Plan
Keith J Rowland

Llandudno – Eligible Leasehold Building Land, On Sale On the Gloddaeth Estate, Auction on 28 & 29 August, 1849 

My Favourite Plan
Leo Hammond

San Francisco Plan, 1905, Daniel H. Burnham

Christopher Martin

As they grow, Cities extend the advantages of urban living to more and more people. The responsibility of City authorities is to nurture this growth in order that society should continue to flourish, and further develop. To that end, I would argue that some of the City’s goals are to keep people from dying, to solve inequalities, to drive shared prosperity, to help people get around, and to build safe, beautiful places as a canvas on which life can unfold.

Christopher Martin

“Children are a kind of indicator species, if we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for everyone.” I have been thinking a lot recently about how we can better shape cities, to improve the way in which children can engage with them - creating streets and spaces that are safe and enjoyable.​

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