What Future? Debate in London 3 /11 →
What Future? Is the debate on urban cities being hosted by the Ove Arup Foundation and the Guardian on the 3rd November in London. As well as discussing the usual debates around sustainable food, expansion of cities and spatial inclusion the debate will also aim to discuss and identify issues to be addressed by leaders, practitioners and teachers and mentors of the future such as: limited and...
Guess where the new sporting village in London...
From this…… To this….. The new regeneration project by the developer Renewal is only just gone through the first stage of planning, but it seems terribly exciting. For a south London this is on par with the Olympic games in London. Working with Sport England, TFL, Lewisham Council and other local community organisations like New Cross Gate Trust and Winslade Estate...
Planning for the future, Challenges to the future →
An interesting article, which looks at the shape of planning and urbanism today and some of the challenges which we will face tomorrow. In sum, the following challenges were identified: The public will reclaim the private. In some ways this is already happening with private shopping centres incorporating leisure activities so that people feel like they could be on the high street in public...
MEDIA WEEK, MOSCOW THE SMART CITY DISCUSSION It’s an extremely long video, but an excellent introduction to some of the current debates within the smart cities debate. Speakers include: Adam Greenfield (UrbanScale), Michal Writh (IBM), Anton Make (The Village) , Alexander Dorzhiev (Altergeo) In short a few points can be made by Adam Greenfield from Urbanscale on the Urbanistic...
Challenging public transport pay and go systems,... →
Ever had one of those days when your Oyster, Octopus or Clipper card has run out of dough??? Well it looks like a new technology maybe on its way (once an investor gets on board). Once introduced though, it could be transformational when buying train, plan and other bus tickets. I can even imagine it being used on the congestion road / pay as you go road systems. Good luck UrbanScale!
Enforcement Unfairness? →
Londoners hoping to rent out their homes during the Olympics are being warned they could be breaking the law and left facing a fine. BBC London has uncovered stark variations in councils’ positions on the practice. Short term letting can be extremely problematic to long term home owners and renters, I mean who wants to permanently live in a hotel environment? Furthermore having a...
Planning implications for gay and lesbian... →
This is a really interesting article that looks at how the history and contribution of the gay and lesbian community in city centres and some of the challenges which are arising out of the blurring lines between the city centre and suburbia. What is interesting about this article is that it focuses upon the political impact that the gay and lesbian community have had upon city centres and their...
Mindmixer aims to bring community participation on a whole new level and as a community engagement in local planning enthusiast, this could be a great new way to get people involved. Yes we already have online communities and local forums, but I think this is different. As the article states ‘its like sharing a FB like button’ to planning policy initiatives online. The results so...