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Opinion: Driverless cars in rudderless cities?

Opinion: Driverless cars in rudderless cities?

Combining autonomous vehicles and good place-making is not going to be easy.

Opinion: A technological future for planning?

Opinion: A technological future for planning?

It's a year since the 24 councils involved in the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) 'statutory notices for the 21st Century' pilot submitted their final reports.

Opinion: Office schemes are more than places to work

Opinion: Office schemes are more than places to work

A new report has gathered evidence to demonstrate how office development can add value to places, writes Bill Page.

Opinion: Will depot mistake derail Old Oak Common vision?

Opinion: Will depot mistake derail Old Oak Common vision?

Ever since former London mayor Boris Johnson set up Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) last year, the body has been touting its scheme as the UK's largest regeneration project.

Opinion: We need to make the most of shovel-ready regeneration, by Chris Brown

Opinion: We need to make the most of shovel-ready regeneration, by Chris Brown

As the Chancellor hunts for ways to inject growth into the economy, it seems likely he will be considering a variety of housing initiatives such as Build to Rent, Custom Build and shovel-ready projects.

Opinion: A cultural fit for economic development

Opinion: A cultural fit for economic development

The government's culture white paper presents opportunities for local authorities that can recognise culture's contribution to the growth agenda, writes Dawn Hudd.

Opinion: Blood on the coal

Opinion: Blood on the coal

Tim Williams gives a personal view of the crime at Aberfan, in Wales, following its fiftieth anniversary, and says how it has shaped his career.

Opinion: The issue of neighbourhood noise will reshape our cities

Opinion: The issue of neighbourhood noise will reshape our cities

The government's response to noise pollution has been woeful, says Chris Brown, but new technology coming to London streets could influence policymakers, planners and citizens.

Opinion: A question of housebuilding targets

Opinion: A question of housebuilding targets

The pressure to deliver very large numbers of homes demands more than a single solution, writes Stephen Gleave.

Opinion: Councils can't cheerlead for off-site construction

Opinion: Councils can't cheerlead for off-site construction

The month's government-commissioned report into UK construction, Modernise or Die, published earlier this month, painted a picture of an industry caught in a spiral of poor practices that risk sending it into terminal decline.

Opinion: Is government investment going to deliver housing?

Opinion: Is government investment going to deliver housing?

Prime Minister Theresa May repeated the phrase 'the good government can do' numerous times at last month's Conservative Party Conference, a change from her predecessor's 'enemies of enterprise' complaints.

Opinion: Smart cities need smart governance

Opinion: Smart cities need smart governance

City of Sydney is leading the way in car sharing, and reaping rewards, thanks to innovative and creative city planning, writes Tim Williams.


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