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Need to know: First Base lines up Bristol mixed use proposal

Need to know: First Base lines up Bristol mixed use proposal

Developer acquires site incorporating historic listed building on edge of Bristol city centre with view to creating homes and other amenities.

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Case study: Creating housing with local character

Case study: Creating housing with local character

How can qualities such as character and beauty be defined when it comes to new homes in suburban and rural areas? New guidance and developments provide responses, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Putting modern methods of construction to the test

Case study: Putting modern methods of construction to the test

In the north east of England a new housing development is trialling advanced building methods and home technologies, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Making the most of urban extension

Case study: Making the most of urban extension

Oxford's Barton Park is a large-scale housing development that is designed to bring benefits to its residents and to those living around it, finds Josephine Smit.

Case study: Redefining the public realm

Case study: Redefining the public realm

University of Birmingham's new open space at its Edgbaston campus combines planting and technological innovation to create a multi-functional public realm, writes Josephine Smit.


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Opinion: Getting political about land

Opinion: Getting political about land

A new report commissioned for the Labour Party has made a clear case for placemaking, but leaves Chris Brown wondering about its political impact.

Opinion: Make measurement meaningful for places

Opinion: Make measurement meaningful for places

There are many ways of evaluating placemaking, but Chris Brown asks whether we can measure outcomes in a way that reliably differentiates successful locations from unloved ones.

Opinion: Developers should have a mission to design for health

Opinion: Developers should have a mission to design for health

Discussion around physical and mental health focuses on concerns like foods, drinks and social media, but we should also be looking to urban design, writes Ken Dytor.

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