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Opinion: Cities need diversity for prosperity

Opinion: Cities need diversity for prosperity

"Cities are not great lumps of chaos," said the celebrated urbanist Jane Jacobs. These and other words have resonance for Chris Brown in our present context.

Opinion: Politicians will remain cautious over 'landbanking' action

Opinion: Politicians will remain cautious over 'landbanking' action

It's just possible former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has disturbed the serenity of your summer with his unique brand of populist pot-stirring. In fact, he hasn't confined himself to insulting burkha-wearers.

Opinion: When will they ever learn?

Opinion: When will they ever learn?

Bad transport infrastructure decisions in south Wales are continuing to cost the region dearly, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Industry and homes do mix

Opinion: Industry and homes do mix

As technology and environmental regulations change, industry is returning to the capital in schemes that mix housing and making, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: One step forward for new settlements programme

Opinion: One step forward for new settlements programme

Last month's revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) contained an expanded section on supporting large-scale development that was much more detailed than either the existing framework or the March consultation draft.

Opinion: You can't reduce house prices by building more homes

Opinion: You can't reduce house prices by building more homes

That's because housing demand reflects the ability to finance a mortgage, rather than the need for shelter, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Measuring social impact

Opinion: Measuring social impact

If we could reliably identify and measure the social impact of regeneration, we would almost certainly want to rethink how we go about placemaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Pressure on park homes

Opinion: Pressure on park homes

A long established community of park homes in Berkshire has become the focus for a planning conflict that raises questions about homeowner rights, says Michael Hardware.

Opinion: Housing market needs new players and new models

Opinion: Housing market needs new players and new models

The spectre of weakening housebuilding output has been raised by the government's latest quarterly housebuilding figures, which show year-on-year falls in both housing starts and completions.

Opinion: The needs of suburban motorists drive city road policy

Opinion: The needs of suburban motorists drive city road policy

Walkability has been designed out of Australian cities, and designing it back in needs to start with traffic lights, argues Tim Williams.

Opinion: A little less talk, a little more evidence

Opinion: A little less talk, a little more evidence

Discussion of the benefits of great placemaking can too easily be dismissed as subjective. More hard evidence is needed, says Chris Brown.

Opinion: We have to disrupt the housing market

Opinion: We have to disrupt the housing market

Speculation has helped to make city housing unaffordable, but Singapore has a very different model and remains a city for all, writes Tim Williams.


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