RUDI is creating a series of urban design and placemaking multimedia resources.
In this section we also provide a gateway to other related multimedia resources available on the web.
The videos are supported by drawings, images, text and graphics – just like you are used to seeing in conference presentations or on TV documentaries. They are best viewed using broadband, but several viewing options are available to suit your PC and internet set-up.
A range of multimedia resources, including interviews, profiles and interactive presentations, will be available online via RUDI's multimedia section.
Over the next year we will be building up our library and we welcome your input and suggestions. If you know of a project that you think would make an interesting multimedia subject please contact RUDI.
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Ben Hamilton Baillie is the UK's leading expert on the development of shared space principles for street design to improve safety, congestion and access.
Here he discusses the application of his specialist knowledge and experience to the Ashford project, and gives examples of other innovative solutions for reconciling traffic movement with quality public spaces in cities, towns and villages.
Theresa Trussell of Kent County Council outlines the outcomes delivered by the on Ashford Ring Road Project, the UK’s first major 'shared space' scheme, to date.
RUDI and Local Transport Today, in partnership with Whitelaw Turkington (the lead consultant on the Ashford shared space project), invited practitioners to work together for one day and explore the design and development of integrated street schemes and the application of the ‘shared space’ concept.
Robert Rummey, managing director of Rummey Design Associates, emphasized the importance of connecting places. He had prepared a new vision for Dover, which sought to reconnect the seafront with the rest of the town. Major new investment was going into the port.
Joost Beunderman, Demos associate and project manager at Urhahn Urban Design, questioned planner’s current fixation with maximizing housing density in new development and was concerned that ‘ghost’ and ‘clone’ towns were being created. He suggested that new developments should seek to repair local social capital rather than increase segregation.
Simon Davis, director of Urban Delivery, emphasized the importance of property values being considered as an integral part of masterplans. He urged that masterplans should not just include design and planning concepts but should take in implementation issues. All parts of the public sector needed to be engaged in preparing masterplans and subsequent delivery following an agreed timetable.
Urban designer Jerry Spencer suggested that it was important to repair and make better use of poor public spaces and reestablish their functionality. Major projects to redevelop public spaces were in danger of harming local communities, he warned.
Liz Kessler, the former public space coordinator at EC1 New Deal for Communities highlighted the need for detailed work at a neighbourhood level to make parks and streets attractive. They are the front doors to homes, shops, schools and work
Jon Harris, technical director of smarter choices, Mouchel, suggested that transport issues should be subservient to lifestyle choices and should be considered early in the planning process and part of the planning application.
Professor of City Leadership at the University of the West of England, Robin Hambleton described major changes at local government level, which affected the urban environment. He pointed to new relationships that were evolving between councilors and officers and local communities.
Karl Friedhelm Fisher from the University of Kassel School of Architecture raised the question about the extent to which lost buildings and neighbourhoods should be reconstructed in their original form. He warned against creating ‘disneylands’ which might please the tourists but was artificial.