Opening the secret English underwater billards... →
What a shame that this is not being put back into good use or that it is not being opened to the public. Many would cry for the like of National Trust and the Prince’s Trust and others to take do this, but I think that perhaps it should be left alone and that the owner should be more reasonable and perhaps open it to the public for a few days of the year….. I wonder if ill ever...
Gender in planning: A place for everyone? →
It offers an interesting insight into planning issues and their impact upon women. The way we plan our cities affects every aspect of women’s lives from accessing work, training, social activities, leisure and employment. Some great examples of policy making a difference include: Lewisham’s citywide planning =There is a lot more emphasis built within local planning to reduce long...
Over 60% of trips in Addis Ababa are made on foot, while just 9% of trips are...– Walkonomics asks: African cities might be walking cities, but are they walkable? (via thisbigcity)
NPPF The dummies guide →
If I know one thing, history tells us that whatever finally emerges as the new sunny uplands of modern town planning in the UK it will probably be changed again: just at the point where everyone has got their heads around it. Interesting article by the planner man on the current debates about the NPPF. In some ways I do agree or at least sympathise with the view that local community...
How great are the benefits of density? Economists studying cities routinely find...– One Path to Better Jobs - More Density in Cities - NYTimes.com (via judsondunn) I think the UK minister Mr Osborne read this article and is now ‘determined’ to apply it to the British countryside
There will be no let up! →
It looks like George Osborne is the new economic environmentalist on the block!
An extract for an old essay on the difficulty with...
Sustainable development can be traced back to the Brundtland report where it was argued that in order to secure the future of the planet and future generations, state policy needed to adopt an integrated approach which combines economic, social and environmental concerns. However a lack of definition over what constitutes economic, social or environmental concerns within the context of...
More Wind Turbine Farms anyone?
Experts say more than 4,500 turbines will be built to meet the Government’s climate change targets as it adopts “a presumption in favour of sustainable development”. So the big question is, ‘when did everyone agree that having wind turbines would be OK?’ I think developing and using new energy forms is a fantastic idea, but wind turbines are huge and lets face it, very few...