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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.
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.
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.
Much new development has created bad places, and it is often government coordination and investment that's been lacking, says Tim Williams.
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.
A process that should have helped communities to shape local places has been hijacked, writes Michael Hardware.
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.
Appraisal on infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia gives cause for concern for a number of reasons, writes Tim Williams.
This month's Housing White Paper included a suite of measures designed to speed up the rate at which developers build out planning permissions.
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.
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.
The regions need better policymaking than the kind of short-term thinking that has resulted in the 2018 cuts in the toll for the Severn Bridge, says Tim Williams.
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