July 19, 2010
- A recent report from CABE, Getting the big picture right, urges a new approach to large scale urban design, with more joint working across local boundaries. Large scale urban design deals with the environmental, economic and social issues that cannot be solved through local action.
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CABE has also launched a design guide for stakeholders and councillors... more >
April 20, 2010
- Urban design masterplans have been treated in terms of delivering products, not places, says Kelvin Campbell of Urban Initiatives, London, writing in the latest issue of the ICE’s Urban Design and Planning journal. A back-to-basics approach – based on smaller, more viable plots – is required, he suggests.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
October 13, 2009
- The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and English Heritage today launched its first joint 'How to' guide outlining a new development-led approach to masterplanning, which advocates assessing the historic character of a site right at the earliest stages of redevelopment. This is set to transform the way sites are redeveloped. more >
Dr Alison Chisholm, Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University
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
A digital design process is creating new ways of exchanging knowledge and data between planners, policy makers, urban designers and computational designers
August 30, 2008
- The City of Edinburgh Council has given outline planning permission for a development framework for Leith Docks, the largest planning application in Edinburgh's history. more >
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