mixed use

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.

Elephant & Castle regeneration

By Jennifer Ross

The zero carbon growth regeneration of Elephant & Castle, London, is based on an understanding of key spatial implications: access to transport, energy, education and housing: The vision for Elephant & Castle is to create a high density, sustainable town centre that makes the most of its highly accessible location on the edge of central London

All parties working together: Dove Lane, Bristol

All parties working together: Dove Lane, Bristol

The Dove Lane project in St Paul’s, Bristol, encouraged a collaborative approach in two ways: an innovative community consultation plan engaged the public, while the development partners signed a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA). By Jim Weddell, urban design director at RPS

Fairytale or horror story... Urban designer and artist collaboration: what value does it bring?

Fairytale or horror story... Urban designer and artist collaboration: what value does it bring?

Collaborative practice between artists and urban designers produces creative solutions for urban environments; enhancing the quality of urban design and creating imaginative environments that reflect local identity and meet communities’ needs.

RUDI and Public Art South West (PASW) presented a one-day conference with the aim of informing, challenging and debating collaborative practice in the realm of contemporary art and urban design.

Multimedia presentations from the day, featuring sound, graphics, slides and video, are available to view

Ordsall riverside: A new Riverside Quarter

Ordsall riverside: A new Riverside Quarter

The masterplan for a new neighbourhood, Ordsall Riverside in Salford, aims to avoid piecemeal development and to create a vibrant mixed use waterfront quarter providing continued employment opportunities and riverside living. By Hugo Nowell

The DNA of successful places

The DNA of successful places

Through a combination of research and practical experience in the UK and Europe, URBED has built up unique insights into achieving the goals of ‘eco towns’. Lessons from new suburbs in the Netherlands and Germany inform the density debate and the challenges new housing must address, says Dr Nicholas Falk

No more clone towns, please

No more clone towns, please

By Lucy Tennyson

What lessons do our distinctive and historic town centres have to offer placemakers today? How can we better adapt them for new uses in terms of design, density, functionality and sustainability?

What lessons do our distinctive and historic town centres have to offer placemakers today? How can we better adapt them for new uses in terms of design, density, functionality and sustainability? By Lucy Tennyson

Knitting the city together

Knitting the city together

With the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, the opportunity to deliver radical and far-reaching ‘place change’ in one of Glasgow’s most deprived communities is considerable, says Stephen Tucker

Bespoke house types add quality and character

Bespoke house types add quality and character

The South Devon College Campus regeneration scheme, Torquay, features bespoke house designs and an integrated public realm that balances the needs of traffic and parking, says Christopher Wilson