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Ten things you need to know this week

Ten things you need to know this week

The big placemaking stories of the past seven days including news of a call for Birmingham City Council's regeneration efforts to move beyond a focus on the physical transformation of the city centre.

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Case study: A community-led approach to estate renewal

Case study: A community-led approach to estate renewal

A community group engaged residents to formulate a plan to tackle overcrowding and unemployment in a London housing estate. Susie Sell reports.

Case study: Tackling air pollution through development management

Case study: Tackling air pollution through development management

A West Yorkshire council's strategy to improve air quality is now being rolled out across other authorities locally. Catherine Early reports.

Case study: Incorporating a land sculpture in mine site planning

Case study: Incorporating a land sculpture in mine site planning

A land sculpture in Northumberland helped deliver community benefits while a mine was still operational. Susie Sell reports.

Case study: Addressing betting and charity shop dominance in London

Case study: Addressing betting and charity shop dominance in London

A north London business team's initiative to promote pop-up lettings is helping to tackle the increasing number of vacant shops. Ben Kochan reports


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Lessons from Atlantic City on using casinos to spur regeneration, by Cliff Hague

Lessons from Atlantic City on using casinos to spur regeneration, by Cliff Hague

While in Philadelphia recently for the annual conference of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning I was able to make a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey, a place famous for its use of casinos as a driver for urban regeneration.

Using integrated infrastructure systems to make cities more efficient

Using integrated infrastructure systems to make cities more efficient

Imagine living in a city whose infrastructures worked together seamlessly. Where household waste was used to generate green electricity; mobile phone networks helped transport planners to sense and eliminate traffic congestion; and parks were built to both encourage biodiversity and make the city more climate-resilient.

Why great designers need great clients to produce great places, by Chris Brown

Why great designers need great clients to produce great places, by Chris Brown

I attended an event organised by the Legatum Institute this week. I'm sure that some would describe Legatum as a shadowy right wing think tank and I must admit that, having not come across them before, I am struggling to understand quite where they fit on the political spectrum.

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