24hr Neighbourhoods

24hr Neighbourhoods

Working from home has increased the density of people around in residential areas during the day. This has more than doubled with people potentially having more time to spend outdoors, in their communities or with friends and families. There are opportunities to...
The West of England Placemaking Charter

The West of England Placemaking Charter

In 2020 on behalf of Design West we engaged with 250 stakeholders to define priorities for place shaping in the West of England and develop the framework for a subregional Placemaking Charter. Beginning conversations as lockdown was first introduced it quickly became...
prize book: young – old, urban utopias of an aging society

prize book: young – old, urban utopias of an aging society

The Urban Design Group Book Prize for 2016 goes to a book that offers a celebratory framing of the third age; ‘a generation embarking on a new bodily experience’. I have been a judge for this award for the last five years a process that is as rewarding as it...
Communal Living – delivering housing diversity

Communal Living – delivering housing diversity

A study trip to Amsterdam by the MArch and MAAD Communal Living studio at Cardiff University was the starting point for research into how housing typologies can support communal living in the widest sense. The studio visited the morphologically ambitious Wozoco and...
space to park

space to park

Intelligent integration of parking is key element in the success of residential layouts in use as evidenced by research for Space to Park. This is a follow up to ‘What Works Where’ the English Partnership/Design for Homes guidance on approaches to parking published in...
playing out – space for children in residential masterplans

playing out – space for children in residential masterplans

The four-hundred meter radius circle that connotes pedestrian accessibility gathers significance if you have a small baby in a pushchair and no access to a car or if you are walking small children to school. You start to appreciate the scale of a neighbourhood very...

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