Tag Archives: Urban Design

Homes and Housing – How to solve the problem of supply. Its simple but not simplistic

Earlier this week I attended an LSE and BBC Radio 4 debate – ‘Housing: Where to live’. I found the whole evening a bit disappointing – the contributions from the panel were, on the whole but not exclusively, a bit … Continue reading

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Development of Jobs and Development of Place Go Together

I have just read a very interesting interview given by Michael Coleman, the Mayor of the City of Columbus, Ohio, USA. There is a lot in here which we in the UK can learn from and be inspired by – … Continue reading

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High Quality Development and Cities – the methodology is vital

I am not sure if I was amused or annoyed to hear a spokesman for the Mayor of London explaining how, in the development of mega-sites in London, we are going to get the high quality of Dutch urban design … Continue reading

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High Street Regeneration – blank frontages and empty buildings

Whilst in Gravesend at the weekend I came across two examples of something which Local Councils should do their best to stop – blank frontages on their High Streets. Local Authorities which know anything about Urban Design, and what makes … Continue reading

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London 2013 or Communist East Germany?

Is it just me, but does this real development (it is not an artist’s impression) look more like East Germany during communist control than London 2013?

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Good and Poor Housing Design

I am moved to write this after visiting a place on the edge of London where a large number of homes will be built and where some have already been completed, and I want to briefly talk about the design … Continue reading

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Shutters on Shop Fronts – Government Changes its Mind

Knee-jerk policy of allowing security shutters on shops without planning permission is withdrawn. But why did we have to go throught this policy without evidence, by people who don’t know what they are talking about, in the first place? Continue reading

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