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‘Vertical Living Kids’ project addresses child-blind planning as higher density centres are built essentially for the child-free

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.

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

St Pauls, Bristol

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.

Project overview: Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) in Dubai Marina, UAE


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

Rising high: as London Mayor calls for tall buildings, designers and planners seek guidance

Rising high: as London Mayor calls for tall buildings, designers and planners seek guidance

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...

London's skyline: tall, iconic or lo-rise? Take a peek into the future...

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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