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...

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good design takes time

good design takes time

In Building for a Healthy Life and the National Design Guide (NDG) more importance is given to character and ‘making the most of what’s there’ highlighting the need to give time to a process of understanding...

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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...

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city scale transition – Sydney

city scale transition – Sydney

The city of Sydney has prepared a decentralised energy masterplan towards their aim of becoming 100% zero carbon by 2030. The plan makes a careful analysis of how energy is currently used in the city and maps...

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ten days in Las Vegas

ten days in Las Vegas

A research project that led to new ways of thinking about design. Learning from Las Vegas (Venturi, R., Scott Brown, D., Izenour, S. 1972) is an example of a research project that led to new ways of thinking...

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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...

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blue infrastructure a design opportunity

blue infrastructure a design opportunity

There is plenty of sound advice and exemplary design available to guide designers and developers when integrating sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and make this an opportunity to add to the character...

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the social and civic life of high streets

the social and civic life of high streets

In order to adapt High Streets, we need to rediscover their role at heart of communities as social spaces. Seven years on from her review of high streets Mary Portas says high street retail will survive the...

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