Urban Regeneration

Urban regeneration for town planners and other placemaking professionals, including decontamination and physical regeneration.

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Advice: Managing the impact of tourism

Advice: Managing the impact of tourism

Councils need a strategy to spread tourism across their sub-regions to ensure major historic centres are not overburdened by visitors, writes Ben Kochan.


Advice: Creating a resilient town centre

Advice: Creating a resilient town centre

Councils need to take a strategic approach to making centres secure against the possibility of terrorist attack and avoid a fortress solution finds Ben Kochan.

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: 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.

Advice: Using markets to regenerate town centres

Advice: Using markets to regenerate town centres

Street and covered markets can provide the basis for major town and city centre regeneration projects but they must fit into the surrounding retail offer, finds Ben Kochan.

Need to know: £5 million confirmed for Shakespeare North

Need to know: £5 million confirmed for Shakespeare North

Plans to create theatre and education centre move forward as its Merseyside location looks to revamp public realm alongside.

Review: Redevelopment of a historic building

Review: Redevelopment of a historic building

Redevelopment of the listed Tramshed on the edge of Cardiff city centre has created a centre for creative and leisure uses, finds Michael Rees.

Coming up: Mixed scheme continues South Kilburn regen

Coming up: Mixed scheme continues South Kilburn regen

Consent for the Peel Project marks the latest chapter in the 15 year regeneration programme for South Kilburn.

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