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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.

Opinion: Market forces can have social costs in regeneration

Opinion: Market forces can have social costs in regeneration

Revival of places like south London's Bermondsey Square brings vitality, but market forces can push gentrification too fast and too far, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: NPPF Garden City omission is hard to justify

Opinion: NPPF Garden City omission is hard to justify

Last month more than 60 local authorities, masterplanners and developers signed an open letter to the government decrying its decision to drop the reference in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to 'Garden City' principles.

Opinion: The root of the city housing crisis lies in banking

Opinion: The root of the city housing crisis lies in banking

While many have been asking how we secure cities for all, in some cities whole streets are now for no one, writes Tim Williams, and ultimately banking is to blame.

Opinion: Look to the community for inspirational housing projects

Opinion: Look to the community for inspirational housing projects

In a number of cities around the world there are community led housing projects that are inspirational in their financial mechanisms, delivery models and social value, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Maximising the benefits of culture to city regeneration

Opinion: Maximising the benefits of culture to city regeneration

The Capital of Culture programme brought placemaking gains to Liverpool, but there's a question over how cities raise their game on an international platform in future, asks Hannah Martin.

Opinion: Housebuilding deals fall short of original intent

Opinion: Housebuilding deals fall short of original intent

In March, the government trumpeted a series of deals with groups of local authorities designed to increase housebuilding in places as diverse as the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Oxfordshire.

Opinion: Big city council leaders needed to build great cities

Opinion: Big city council leaders needed to build great cities

Events in east London's Newham and in Western Sydney highlight the importance of quality councils with capacity and focus, writes Tim Williams.

Radical approach may be required to boost build-out rates, by Joey Gardiner

Radical approach may be required to boost build-out rates, by Joey Gardiner

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May lambasted 'unscrupulous' developers, calling on them to 'do their duty for Britain' by building more quickly.

Opinion: How to fund a growing city

Opinion: How to fund a growing city

In Australia and in the UK, there's a need to harvest some of the uplift in property values that are created by public investments in civic amenity and connectivity, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Does urban transport policy need to get hip?

Opinion: Does urban transport policy need to get hip?

Transport policy for our cities could be failing to keep up with the more urban-centred ways of working in the new digital economy, says Jonathan Bray.


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