Articles

My Favourite Plan
Mike Biddulph

Berlin Planwerk Innenstadt, 1999 | Source: Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Wohnen
Endpiece
Joe Holyoak

In September I attended an online talk by the architect Peter Barber, which he called Street: Who owns the city, part of the Architects’ Journal AJ100 Festival.

Behind the Image
Alice Raggett, Lionel Eid, George Garofalakis, Elizabeth Lancaster, Imogen Blaikie and Laura-Dodds Hebron

A wide historic street and car park has been transformed into a temporary park in the city centre, one of the city’s largest public spaces.

Climate Change Global Digest
Jane Manning with Joanna Wright, Mitch Cooke and Julie Futcher

This edition draws together some of the most useful documents and research launched or promoted at COP26.

UDG Event Review
Sebastian Loew, with assistance from Malcolm Moor and Tim Hagyard

This is a very brief summary of the UDG event organised to coincide with the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. The day’s proceedings were recorded and are available on the UDG website.

ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Wei Yang is the President of the RTPI 2021. We talk to her about the future of planning, how it can remain relevant and drive innovation in facing the combined challenges of climate change, the loss of biodiversity and social inequality.

My Favourite Plan
Stefan Kruczkowski

Wrocław c1650, Source: Unknown

Climate Change Global Digest
Jane Manning with Joanna Wright, Mitch Cooke and Julie Futcher

This edition highlights work that will be emerging at COP26 in November, and new research and guidance.

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

A former 2004 Olympic Games car park has been transformed into a cultural and educational destination by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. It houses the National Library of Greece and the National Opera beneath a sloped park.

Digbeth, Birmingham
Endpiece
Joe Holyoak

Ten years ago I wrote a piece about Digbeth for the March 2011 issue of Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. I had just moved my office from one listed building in the conservation area to another, the Custard Factory.

UDG Event Review
Judith Ryser

This packed event was attended by urban designers from around the world.

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
Richard Crappsley

Run in partnership with London Living Streets and chaired by the UDG’s Katja Stille, this event explored walkability, from strategic planning to the nitty-gritty of design measures.

UDG Event Review
Geoff Noble

Concerns about the depletion of urban design skills in local authorities are not new. Chairing this well-attended online meeting, Laura Alvarez (Nottingham City Council) said the subject cropped up at almost every professional event.

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

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