Melbourne, like many cities around the world, is in the midst of reshaping its central city landscape. However, there are concerns, particularly in Australia, that “contemporary strategic planning has almost become child-blind, with the new higher density centres being built essentially for the childless in mind” (Randolph, 2006, p. 5). The ‘Vertical Living Kids’ research project interviewed children aged 8–12 to elicit their views on local environments. Public housing children had high levels of independent mobility, but low levels of satisfaction with local play spaces.
August 24, 2011
- UK property developers are shying away from new projects until more clarity is brought to laws surrounding secretive 'rights to light' deals, exacerbating a shortage in prime London offices and potentially stunting economic growth. more >
September 12, 2008
- The British Property Foundation (BPF) has published a report by researchers Colin Buchanan showing that high density developments offer clear economic benefits through increased output of staff.Colin Buchanan found a range of benefits through modelling the agglomeration effects of high density development. more >
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
May 1, 2008
- Liz Peace, chief executive of the BPF, has announced plans for independent research into the economic and environmental impacts of tall buildings. Tall buildings have been very much in the news recently. more >
August 2, 2007
- As cities and their skyline evolve upwards, it is vital that tall buildings are properly planned and that proposals are informed by a clear long-term vision. more >
Bristol's tallest-ever building, an environmentally-friendly 40-storey tower development, could become the spectacular symbol of urban regeneration in the St Paul’s area of the city under new proposals being drawn up by RPS.
Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE
Architects : Al Khatib Cracknell (AKC)
Clients : Emaar
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) has 22 million sq. ft. of gross floor area development across a length of 1.7 kilometres. It is part of the larger Dubai marina project. The Marina will cover an area of 24.4 million square feet and will have a sea-face stretching out three kilometers
With newly developing cities such as Dubai and Hong Kong following where New York, Tokyo and Taiwan have led, skyscrapers are becoming an issue across the UK. By 2010 London''s skyline will be dominated by the London Bridge Tower, which at 310 metres (1,017ft) will take over from Canary Wharf''s 235-metre structure at No 1 Canada Square as the tallest building in Europe. Yet the rapid surge in planning applications for skyscrapers has left some authorities unprepared and seeking design guidance...
A series of five supersized visualisations showing fantastical, futuristic and realistic versions of London's skyline have been specially commissioned for the Airspace Exhibition, organised by the Architecture Foundation. The exhibition also offers the public a chance to vote for theirfavourite future skyline online. The exhibition is at 350 Euston Road, Regents Place, NW1, until 14 July
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