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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.

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

UDG Event Review
Judith Ryser

More than 100 people joined this webinar on logistics; its objective was to explore the implications of accommodating contemporary logistics facilities in new design guidance.

UDG Event Review
Judith Ryser

Chaired by Scott Elliott Adams, three speakers from different backgrounds expressed their views on what makes the character and local distinctiveness of a place, to guide better design.

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

isola bella_mono image
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.

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