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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.

UDG Event Review
Robert Huxford

More design goes into a pizza than a local plan? Nearly 200 people from engineering through to planning attended this event, the first of four lunchtime events addressing the Planning White Paper.

UDG Event Review
Sebastian Loew

The COVID-19 pandemic has had all kinds of effects and one of them has been for the Academy of Urbanism (AoU) and the Urban Design Group to collaborate in a seminal event.

photo credit Catherine Poh Huay Tan
ideasSPACE
in conversation with Christopher Martin

Change in any form requires political bravery. And shaping our cities as healthy and democratic places is no exception. Birmingham has been on an extraordinary journey - a place where car was king to a city that is set to become net zero carbon by 2030.

Yann Leclercq

When the National Urban Design Awards were first conceived in 2009, the Urban Design Group, supported by the Francis Tibbalds Trust, wanted to recognise the best of the profession and inspire others. If we are to make better places, we need to raise the profile of urban design. What better way than awards to celebrate the best ideas and achievements delivered over the course of a year.

UDG Event Review
Judith Ryser

During the lockdown and social distancing, the Urban Design Group (UDG) has not stood still.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Climate Change Global Digest
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.

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