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Opinion: Holding onto Hackney's sense of place

Opinion: Holding onto Hackney's sense of place

The east London borough is changing fast, so it is down to local players to ensure that the area's heritage and communities thrive, writes Ibrahim Michael Maiga.


Opinion: Continuing the fight for the right to be average

Opinion: Continuing the fight for the right to be average

City divisions can run deep, resulting in lower life expectancies for the poorest residents. It's a challenge Tim Williams encountered in London and which might be even more pronounced in Sydney.

Case study: How businesses are enhancing King's Cross

Case study: How businesses are enhancing King's Cross

Businesses in the Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross area have taken a lead in delivering a low pollution walking route and study opportunities for students, finds Josephine Smit.

Opinion: Grenfell tragedy should inspire positive change

Opinion: Grenfell tragedy should inspire positive change

It's hard, given the events in West London, to write about anything else, but it is also hard, in the absence of any concrete information on the causes, to comment on this tragedy. It may turn out that someone did something wrong negligently (or in other ways), but it also seems possible that this is the unimaginably tragic result of system failure.

Opinion: A right to decent housing

Opinion: A right to decent housing

The human tragedy at Grenfell Tower brings focus to the housing issues of those with the least choice, writes Stephen Gleave.

Coming up: Go-ahead for 240-home scheme in Chelmsford

Coming up: Go-ahead for 240-home scheme in Chelmsford

Affordable housing provider Home Group has won consent for a 240 home development in Chelmsford, Essex.

Case study: Introducing sport alongside homes

Case study: Introducing sport alongside homes

A south east London military site had been largely separate from its community, but when developer Durkan built homes there a local cricket club came too, writes Josephine Smit.

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.

Review: A contemporary extra care complex

Review: A contemporary extra care complex

The design of Willow Barns creates a light and airy extra care complex that takes into account the needs of people with dementia, finds David Bridgwood.

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.

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