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Stalwart of the Urban Design Group and former editor of the journal sadly passed away this week
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Urban Design Journal
The latest edition of Urban Design, sent to all UDG members, provides inspiration with articles on SCANDANAVIA AND THE NORDIC REGION including:
- Urban Design in Scandinavia and the Nordic Region | Paul Woodville, guest topic editor
- Bioclimatic Urbanism: Ideas from Arctic Sweden | David Chapman
- A Feminist Approach to Promoting Social Sustainability | Bettina Werner and Amalie Gammelgaard
- Green Thresholds | Susan Carruth and Kare Stokholm Poulsgaard
- Towards Integrated Energy and Climate Masterplanning | Andreas Eggersten Teder
- Trondheim’s Urban Ecology Experimental Zone | Michael Gruner and Alise Plavina
- Community Engagement in Aarhus | Stephen D Willacy
- Water as Public Realm in Nordic Cities | Karl Dubois
Plus the regular features… Climate Change Global Digest, Urban Design Library, Book Reviews and more.
Accompanied by How to Make People Friendly Places - Lessons from the National Urban Design Awards 2021 (more on this in next week's Urban Update).
We are very sad to report the death of John Billingham. John’s energy and vision were instrumental in shaping the Urban Design Group, and the evolution of the practice of urban design in the UK and overseas. He leaves a proud legacy that will long outlast his lifetime - something to which everyone involved in urban design should aspire. A full obituary will appear in Urban Design 162 LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN.
The quest for level footways
We reported in last week’s Urban Update about the very few local authorities who require level footways for pedestrians and wheelchair users, with the vast majority using standard details that involve the footway being interrupted at private driveways by a vehicle crossover with a crossfall extending the entire width of the footway. We are pleased to report that Bournemouth and Poole council has just (January 2022) introduced new parking standards which require level footways.
Unless local authorities specify and require level footways, claims over encouraging active lifestyles and sustainable travel ring hollow.
Graphic from the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Parking SPD
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Viability assessments in planning and plan-making
Tuesday 25 Jan 2022 @12:30-1:30
Masterclass: Delivering Zero Carbon: Zero Carbon explained and the role of the built environment
Wednesday 26 January 2022 @ 9:30-1.00
Academy of Urbanism
Urban markets as economic, cultural and social drivers
Thursday 27 Jan 2022 @ 10:00
Trees and Design Action Group
Connecting urban green space, health and climate
Monday 2 February 2022 @ 3:00-5:00
How can we make the connection between urban and peri-urban green space, human health, & climate change? Open to all.
• With Kathy Wolf: How can we optimise the climate and human health outcomes of urban forestry to provide professionals who are working at the intersection of climate, public health and urban forestry with resources to support climate adaptation planning and activities?
• With Julia Thrift: Is it time to radically rethink the purpose of England’s green belts to improve their accessibility, quality and benefits to people, the environment and the economy?
Webinar: Planning for education in new places
Thursday 24 Feb @ 10:00-11:30
Masterclass: Shaping Liveable Neighbourhoods: Delivering well-designed, higher density neighbourhoods
Tuesday 15 March 2022 @ 9:30-12:00
News + Research
Earth on trajectory to Sixth Mass Extinction
'Drastically increased rates of species extinctions and declining abundances of many animal and plant populations are well documented, yet some deny that these phenomena amount to mass extinction This denial is based on a biased view of the crisis which focuses on mammals and birds and ignores invertebrates, which of course constitute the great majority of biodiversity.
Plans to protect England's national parks set out
Biodiversity Net Gain consultation
Consultation closes at 11:45pm on 5 April 2022
Developments expected to deliver 10% boost to biodiversity
Star Count 2022
takes place between 26 February - 6 March 2022
Urban areas can provide a habitat for bats
If certain conditions are met:
- Extensive reduction of artificial light at night to the absolute minimum needed for human activities
- Maintaining existing and creating new vegetation patches where possible. It is essential to connect these fragments with each other and with water bodies via uninterrupted vegetation and dark corridors – eg residential garden corridors and tree lines
The investigation shows that even cities can provide suitable habitat for protected and threatened species when these recommendations are followed.(Berlin)
Man builds enough nest boxes to house half the UK population of swifts
While it may seem impossible for an individual to take on the world’s problems, this example shows that perhaps our lives do offer the chance to make a difference.
Humans, Health, Society
Politics, Philosophy, Economics
Support for populist politics ‘collapsed’ during the pandemic – global report by University of Cambridge
The first months of the pandemic saw many political leaders get a boost in ratings - a classic 'rally round the flag' effect in troubled times, say researchers. However, the approval ratings of populist leaders the world over began declining almost as soon as coronavirus hit, and have continued to sink ever since.
1,000% increase in the number of homes listed for short term lets in the past six years
CPRE shows that between 2015 and 2021 there has been a ‘surge’ in short stay holiday rentals, which is ‘crippling’ the residential market particularly in staycation hotspots and rural areas. In September 2021, there were 148,000 homes available on Airbnb-style lets. At the same time, 176,000 rural families were on social housing waiting lists.
Understanding a political bias towards road construction?
Working from home
Survey finds 49 per cent of people feel their property is unsuitable for working from home:
- 7.5 million people hope to work from home on a permanent basis, which is double the pre-lockdown estimate
- 50% of younger people are negatively affected by a lack of workspace at home
- 69% of respondents said they would prefer an additional room in their home as a dedicated office space
Towards the circular economy
Creating renewable recyclable plastics
Free choice of schools
Parents in England given multiple options for their child’s school are no happier about education than those in Scotland who have little choice. Results of Survey published in Journal of Social Science
The free choice of schools has major and long term consequences - greater travel distances to school lead to increased car use, greater congestion and pollution, reduced levels of physical activity. They also reduce the likelihood that the child will be allowed to travel to school independently. The impact applies not just to journeys to and from school, but also in journeys to meet friends, and not only the children, but also the parents and carers. The consequence is spiralling car dependency.
According to the National Travel Survey, between 2002 and 2019, the distance travelled on journeys to school made by car increased by over 20.3 percent, while the distance travelled by bicycle 9.5 percent decrease.
Energy, Climate Change
Work underway to develop cheaper catalysts to produce green hydrogen
Green hydrogen accounted for less than 1 percent of world production in 2020. The cost of the process is thought to be the barrier.
- grey hydrogen is produced using fossil fuels
- blue hydrogen is produced using non-renewable energy
- green hydrogen is produced using renewable energy
The US department of Energy’s The first Energy Earthshot (Hydrogen Shot), launched June 7, 2021 seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade ("1 1 1").
Cars in Ontario stand unused for 95 percent of the time
'more car owners, especially in major cities, need to rethink their attachment to the idea of having a vehicle that they apparently don't need as much as they think they do.'
Shanghai Exhibition Centre with New Public Space
Street design needs an inter-disciplinary approach
Thoughtful design of public spaces can make a difference to women's safety
The secret to creating new public parks out of thin air: foam
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Design South East | London (Deadline Monday)
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Lichfields | London
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Planned Resources | Melbourne
Associate Director / Director
Savills Urban Design Studio | London
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Savills Urban Design Studio | Oxford
Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design | London
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Turley | London
Urban Green | Manchester
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