Dimensions of the sustainble city: the value of compact, higher density and mixed use urban forms

Are more compact, higher density and mixed use urban forms more environmentally sound, more efficient for transport, more economically viable and more socially beneficial?

Following five years of detailed analysis across five UK cities, the CityForm consortium came up with rather surprising insights. Professor Mike Jenks of the CityForm consortium explains its findings

Infill – New houses for urban sites

Urban land is an increasingly precious commodity, particularly in the centre of major cities. Every spare corner of land is in demand, however small, inaccessible or awkwardly shaped. For architects the challenge is to optimize these sites while simultaneously negotiating the web of planning regulations, to create homes suited to today’s lifestyles.

JCUD (Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University) Amsterdam field trip: film documentary

JCUD (Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University) MA students and Emiretus Professor Ian Bentley
Video and editing by Kanwal Deep Kapoor. Commentary by Vinitha Vijaykumar
Students gather a valuable and well informed understanding of the the underlying cultural influences and movements that have shaped the built environment of Amsterdam and Rotterdam

Valuing Sustainable Urbanism: A report measuring & valuing new approaches to residentially-led mixed use growth

By The Prince’s Foundation

Neighbourhoods exhibiting sustainable characteristics will increase, rather than decrease, in value over time.

This report was commissioned by The Prince’s Foundation to add to the understanding of the financial implications of pursuing development using sustainable principles, and to review the added-value that such development can bring.

The Prince’s Foundation is an educational charity which exists to improve the quality of people’s lives by teaching and practising timeless and ecological ways of planning, designing and building.

Learning from place: King's Cross

By Janet Sutherland

Can a developer-led approach to regeneration on a grand scale, such as that proposed for King’s
Cross, London, really deliver wide-ranging neighbourhood renewal?

The Academy of Urbanism, a PLACEmakingsupporter, is creating a body of evidence-based enquiry that can ‘inform our goal to identify and deliver best practice in urbanism’. Its programme of ‘learning from place’ is a key component of this drive, and regular study visits and seminars are key to success. The latest session on this theme, held in March 2009, took in visits to the Brunswick Centre, London WC1, and to Kings Place, N1, followed by analysis of a new London quarter that is taking shape: King’s Cross Central. The aim was to explore how such ambitious developer-led regeneration can proceed and bring about neighbourhood renewal in today’s challenging times.

Tuning in to the sound of the suburbs

By Laura Vaughan

New analysis revealing the scale and diversity of socio-economic activity taking place in and around suburban high streets belies the widespread perception of suburbia as synonymous with social and architectural homogeneity, says Laura Vaughan

Avoiding a self-fulfilling prophecy that focuses on residential or retail-based development solutions is not simply a challenge for recently planned settlements. The critical problem is the extent to which existing suburbs can adapt for future growth. There is an urgent need for designers, planners and policy makers to recognise how suburbia contains a great variety of distinctive places for living and working.