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Need to know: £65 million boost for Newcastle's Science Central

Need to know: £65 million boost for Newcastle's Science Central

The week sees funding boosts for office development and housebuilding, while a new report charts retail's struggles in a changing climate, reports Josephine Smit.

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Case study: Recovering from post-industrial decline

Case study: Recovering from post-industrial decline

A new book identifies the factors that have helped cities recover from post-industrial decline. One example, Belfast, has a wealth of regeneration but challenges remain in housing and skills, Josephine Smit finds.

Case study: Creating a flexible house for the city

Case study: Creating a flexible house for the city

This weekend a development of city centre houses goes on sale in Salford, and buyers will be able to customise the design. Josephine Smit reports.

Case study: Improving health through housing

Case study: Improving health through housing

An initiative in Oldham has shown how agencies can collaborate to aid health through housing, and it could have lessons for Greater Manchester's health devolution. Josephine Smit reports.

Case study: Maximising development potential through public realm

Case study: Maximising development potential through public realm

The new square at Manchester's NOMA is the product of a thoroughly integrated approach to placemaking, writes Josephine Smit.


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Opinion: Cities have to walk the walk

Opinion: Cities have to walk the walk

Research has quantified the benefits of walkable urban places, but questions remain over who gains, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Why Croydon needs design review

Opinion: Why Croydon needs design review

Croydon is vibrant but not beautiful. The council is aiming to change that perception with the help of an independent review panel, writes Heather Cheesbrough.

Could Milton Keynes' past hold the key to planning's future?

Could Milton Keynes' past hold the key to planning's future?

I recently watched a 1973 British Film Institute archive film of architect and city planner Fred Roche talking about the plans for Milton Keynes.

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