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Best practice, expert advice and case studies across placemaking disciplines including urban design, finance, sustainability and communities.

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Case study: Designing homes for resilience

Case study: Designing homes for resilience

The 2016 Sunday Times British Homes Awards asked designers to create a resilient home to withstand environmental risks. Josephine Smit looks at the winning solution, by JTP and Ed Barsley.

 

Case study: Rethinking a London site

Case study: Rethinking a London site

Planning refusal has led the team behind a Southwark development to review its scheme proposal and look at temporary use of its site, writes Josephine Smit.

Advice: Turning former offices into desirable homes

Advice: Turning former offices into desirable homes

The conversion of vacant office blocks into flats in town and city centres is creating homes for young people. But getting the details right is crucial, Ben Kochan finds

Analysis: The rush to build to rent

Analysis: The rush to build to rent

The number of build to rent homes in the pipeline is attracting attention, although the sector says there is still a stigma around renting, writes Josephine Smit.

Placemaking Awards 2016: Judgement day

Placemaking Awards 2016: Judgement day

A 21-strong panel of planning experts took on the exacting task of drawing up a shortlist from a strong field of candidates for this year's Placemaking Awards.

Case study: Maximising development potential through public realm

Case study: Maximising development potential through public realm

The new square at Manchester's NOMA is the product of a thoroughly integrated approach to placemaking, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: rebuilding an inner London estate

Case study: rebuilding an inner London estate

Part of the regeneration scheme for the Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle, south London, Trafalgar Place is an award-winning development of mixed-tenure homes and green spaces. Kay Parris reports

Advice: five ways to get investment back into your high street

Advice: five ways to get investment back into your high street

Struggling town centres could be made more attractive for customers and profitable for retailers by pooling property assets, thereby turning a group of separately owned and managed units into a new, single investment vehicle.

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Case study: how landscape architects revamped a forgotten high street

Case study: how landscape architects revamped a forgotten high street

An urban design project in Brentford, west London set out to revive the town's marketplace and make its waterside connections more accessible. Kay Parris reports.

Research summary: Community-led housing could boost housing supply

Research summary: Community-led housing could boost housing supply

A new report from think-tank Demos says that community-led housing schemes offer an opportunity to overcome nimbyist tendencies and secure affordable housing, but that the groups behind them need to make a greater effort to be open and transparent.

Advice: Engaging with universities on urban regeneration and growth

Advice: Engaging with universities on urban regeneration and growth

Universities have extensive resources which they can bring to urban centres, but local authorities need to engage early with them when preparing local plans in order to maximize the benefits and avoid conflict, says Clare Melhuish.

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