Property values and economical viability in masterplanning

Simon Davies
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.

Linear developer practice iced: the enhanced role of developers in creating successful places

Land Securities senior development manager Stephen Neal used the analogy of a simple vanilla ice cream and ice cream sundaes to contrast the traditional operation of developers taking on individual schemes and the enhanced role, which his company and others were now playing in creating places.

Messiness of modern living

The director of C20 futureplanners, highlighted the ‘messiness’ of modern living and the radical political, social and economic changes required to take account of climate change and the need to achieve zero carbon emissions. He set out a radical, perhaps utopian, process to change society, which would be led by a government of national unity.

Global report on human settlements 2009 - Planning sustainable cities: Policy directions

By UNHabitat

Planning Sustainable Cities: Global Report on Human Settlements 2009 assesses the effectiveness of urban planning as atool for dealing with the unprecedented challenges facing 21st-century cities and for enhancing sustainable urbanization.
An important conclusion of the Global Report is that, even though urban planning has changed relatively little in most countries since its emergence about 100 years ago, a number of countries have adopted some innovative approaches inrecent decades. However, in many developing countries, older forms of master planning have persisted. Here, the most obvious problem with this approach is that it has failed to accommodate the ways of life of the majority of inhabitants in rapidly growing and largely poor and informal cities, and has often directly contributed to social and spatial marginalization.

Understanding the complex ways in which everyday travel decisions are made in urban areas

Dr Alison Chisholm, Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University
24 mins
To develop better understanding of the complex ways in which households and individuals make everyday travel decisions about short trips in urban areas. Understanding walking and cycling through a multi-methods approach which combines spatial network analysis (Multiple Centrality Assessment) and qualitative approaches such as ethnography and audio travel diaries

Digital masterplanning: streamlining the design cycle

A digital design process is creating new ways of exchanging knowledge and data between planners, policy makers, urban designers and computational designers