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Opinion: Why infrastructure doesn't deliver

Opinion: Why infrastructure doesn't deliver

Benefits claimed for big infrastructure projects can prove more fictional than the unicorn, because of the way projects are appraised, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Khan's affordability deal looks like a tall order

Opinion: Khan's affordability deal looks like a tall order

The recent publication of the pipeline of tall buildings in London, pulled together by consultant GL Hearn, showed a record 455 schemes over 20 storeys at stages between application and completion.

Opinion: Put the identity back into towns

Opinion: Put the identity back into towns

UK towns are under threat, but they can fight back by identifying their unique characteristics and defining their place with a brand, says Suzanne Malcolm.

Opinion: The sector needs more skilled urban designers

Opinion: The sector needs more skilled urban designers

I had one depressing and one encouraging place-making experience last week. The depressing experience was at a design review panel for a local authority-led scheme. The positive experience was in a meeting with an academic teaching urban design and urbanism.

Opinion: Government must play its part in placemaking

Opinion: Government must play its part in placemaking

Much new development has created bad places, and it is often government coordination and investment that's been lacking, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Is it full speed ahead for HS2?

Opinion: Is it full speed ahead for HS2?

Now that the high speed rail link has Royal Assent it needs to be delivered, and we also need to think about the wider regeneration benefits, says Stephen Gleave.

Opinion: The lost opportunity of neighbourhood planning

Opinion: The lost opportunity of neighbourhood planning

A process that should have helped communities to shape local places has been hijacked, writes Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Planning healthier places for people to live, by Chris Brown

Opinion: Planning healthier places for people to live, by Chris Brown

Why do built environment professionals create places that contribute to preventable diseases and early death, despite evidence? A question that framed the built environment advisory body Design Council CABE's submission to a competition run by campaigners Social Change UK.

Opinion: A crisis of credibility in infrastructure appraisal

Opinion: A crisis of credibility in infrastructure appraisal

Appraisal on infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia gives cause for concern for a number of reasons, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Developers shrug off White Paper threats

Opinion: Developers shrug off White Paper threats

This month's Housing White Paper included a suite of measures designed to speed up the rate at which developers build out planning permissions.

Opinion: Design should be the focus for housing delivery

Opinion: Design should be the focus for housing delivery

Design quality seems to becoming back into policy vogue in government, and the Housing White Paper observes that "73 per cent of people say they would support the building of more homes if well designed and in keeping with their local area". The thinking behind this seems to be mainly driven by the recognition that poorly designed housing produces a rational nimby response.

Opinion: How can housebuilding deliver on quality?

Opinion: How can housebuilding deliver on quality?

No-one likes poorly designed homes being built in their midst, but it may take a big push to bring quality to volume housebuilding, writes Chris Brown.


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