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Need to know: UK cities start race for Commonwealth Games

Need to know: UK cities start race for Commonwealth Games

Birmingham and Liverpool have outlined their visions for hosting the 2022 games and pledged to deliver a regeneration legacy for communities.

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Case study: Social sustainability in estate renewal

Case study: Social sustainability in estate renewal

Researchers are looking at the regeneration of a west London council estate to assess the social impact of its transformation, reports Josephine Smit.

Case study: Building neighbourhood through a maker movement

Case study: Building neighbourhood through a maker movement

Manchester's NOMA is delivering development and transformation on a large scale, but some of its details are being created by local people, building community in the process, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Intergenerational housing

Case study: Intergenerational housing

Purpose-built homes for elderly people are often provided in stand-alone developments, but a project in east London promoted a more integrated approach, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Regeneration through creative industries

Case study: Regeneration through creative industries

Mixed use development has helped to stimulate regeneration of Swansea's High Street, by looking beyond the mainstream, writes Josephine Smit.


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Opinion: Look to the evidence in infrastructure appraisal

Opinion: Look to the evidence in infrastructure appraisal

A planned motorway extension through Western Sydney Parklands provides an opportunity to take a more evidence based approach to appraisal, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Return of urban renewal as mayors dodge tough calls

Opinion: Return of urban renewal as mayors dodge tough calls

It's now nearly two decades since architect Richard Rogers started the study that produced the concept of urban renaissance.

Respect renewal areas' existing communities, by Chris Brown

Respect renewal areas' existing communities, by Chris Brown

I recently watched two films with placemaking themes. The first was Citizen Jane, the story of community activist Jane Jacobs' successful 1960s campaign against New York city planner Robert Moses' proposals for the destruction of Manhattan through large-scale demolition. The second, A Moving Image, based on the Reclaim the Streets protests in Brixton in 1998, asked intelligent questions about gentrification.

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