Articles

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?

UDG Event Review
Judith Ryser

Chaired by Christopher Martin of Urban Movement, UDG Chair Katja Stille introduced this webinar series intended to reflect on urban design’s contribution to a post COVID future.

Recreation & Open Space Subject Plan adopted by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, May 1989.  Source Dudley MBC
My Favourite Plan
Paul Watson

Dudley Recreation & Open Space Subject Plan prepared and adopted in the mid-1980s under the planning regime of the time

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

After a hiatus in the first six months of the pandemic, a growing amount of research, strategies and action is now starting again. A number of organisations have recently issued research and strategies designed to steer a path to recovery and climate resilience. Here are a few examples of some of those recently announced.

Selfridges designed by Future Systems, opened 2003
Endpiece
Joe Holyoak

Selfridges in Birmingham is much celebrated, but it is a problematic building. I suggest that it can be assessed against three criteria. Firstly, as a piece of corporate publicity. Here I would describe it as brilliant. The managing director of Selfridges, Vittorio Radice, instructed his architects Future Systems to design a building that was so distinctive that it did not need a sign saying Selfridges.

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

A highly valued public square that aims to reconnect a series of public spaces and honour the area’s dynamic multi-cultural community.

Vienna
ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Cities have to be a moveable feast - a bounty that supports life and happiness but is flexible enough to change to the needs of human beings. Cities have to be able to implement fast urban change with local people to improve quality of life for all.

Create Streets - what makes for popular places?
ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

If we are to make stronger communities, if we are to make cities more equitable, we need to be building homes and communities that people want to live in, not ones that they just have to accept. And this means delivering quality.

ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Skateboarding catalyses the forgotten parts of our cities, and injects intense energy, culture, and life. Why then is it viewed with such derision, and what should we be doing differently?

ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Designing successful walking environments has the power to successfully deliver across, and to influence, an enormous gamut of policy agendas, making urban design and transport investment unique in its ability to deliver better lives for everyone. Politics and urban design have a very successful collaborative future together.

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
UDG Event Review
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...

UDG Event Review
Sebastian Loew

The Government’s Planning White Paper on the future of planning Delivering Quality Towns and Cities has provoked numerous reactions, both positive and negative.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Climate Change Global Digest
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.

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

Brasilia Master Plan
My Favourite Plan
Meredith Evans

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

Endpiece
Joe Holyoak

As many others have observed, even the appalling event of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 40,000 people in the UK and inflicted huge damage on the economy, has brought about some beneficial consequences. With a big reduction in vehicular traffic, towns and cities are quieter, birdsong can be heard, and the air is cleaner. While other retail businesses are suffering, bike shops have never been busier.

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