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Need to know: Oxford names partner for Blackbird Leys regen

Need to know: Oxford names partner for Blackbird Leys regen

Oxford City Council has appointed Catalyst Housing as its development partner to bring forward homes and amenities at Blackbird Leys.

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Case study: Respecting heritage in urban renewal

Case study: Respecting heritage in urban renewal

A south London scheme brings 272 homes and commercial space, while also recognising the history of a site that has been central to its community, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: Converting empty shops to homes

Case study: Converting empty shops to homes

In Salford, a leasing approach is helping to transform empty shops and homes into decent and affordable rented housing, writes Josephine Smit.

Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

Case study: Self build at scale in the capital

A community group has won planning consent to create London's largest affordable self build housing scheme to date, and it has taken years of hard graft to get this far, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Passivhaus for an existing housing estate

Case study: Passivhaus for an existing housing estate

Low energy design principles have been adopted for the refurbishment of a 1960s Portsmouth housing estate, transforming living conditions for residents, writes Josephine Smit.


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Opinion: The consequences of high rise clusters

Opinion: The consequences of high rise clusters

The creation of high rise clusters in well-connected urban centres results in a polycentric development pattern across big cities, with implications for the suburbs, writes Miles Gibson.

Opinion: Wellbeing builds the case for design

Opinion: Wellbeing builds the case for design

Evidence showing how placemaking impacts positively on people's wellbeing helps to build the business case and challenge the good design deniers, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: When high rise becomes heritage

Opinion: When high rise becomes heritage

Within a few decades new towers that are often considered controversial today could have become iconic parts of the identity of our cities, writes Miles Gibson.

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