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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.

Opinion: Urban regeneration is central to shaping the city

Opinion: Urban regeneration is central to shaping the city

It can bring not only density, mixed uses and improved connectivity, but also clusters of talented people, employment and investment, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Make lives better for local communities

Opinion: Make lives better for local communities

It is essential that developers see existing communities as their main focus when they are creating new neighbourhoods, says Nicolas Guérin.

Opinion: Council corporations may not find land that cheap

Opinion: Council corporations may not find land that cheap

Legislation is paving the way for the proposed wave of new garden villages, towns and cities, but will it be enough to make a difference, asks Joey Gardiner?

Opinion: We need to do better for small businesses

Opinion: We need to do better for small businesses

Designated employment land is not offering small businesses the kind of quality locations they need, but residential development could hold the solution, argues Suzanne Malcolm.

Opinion: Reason to be cheerful

Opinion: Reason to be cheerful

In a UK real estate sector dominated by politics and economics, Chris Brown looks at how placemaking, design quality and sustainability can be prioritised.

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.


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