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Opinion: Putting the focus on housing design quality

Opinion: Putting the focus on housing design quality

The audit of housing design quality being led by Professor Matthew Carmona of the Bartlett School for Planning will provide quantitative evidence to inform policymaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: A tale of two Conservative urbanists

Opinion: A tale of two Conservative urbanists

Tim Williams contemplates the track record of the UK's new prime minister and the qualities of the returning co-chair of a government-initiated commission.

Opinion: We have to take the likelihood of climate change seriously

Opinion: We have to take the likelihood of climate change seriously

Research and record temperatures are repeatedly reminding us of how our climate is changing, and we need to take this seriously when designing new places, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: End of Help to Buy raises housing delivery questions

Opinion: End of Help to Buy raises housing delivery questions

By any assessment the government's doomed Help to Buy policy has had an extraordinary effect on the housing market.

Opinion: South Wales needs a long term plan for transport infrastructure

Opinion: South Wales needs a long term plan for transport infrastructure

The Welsh government's decision to drop plans for a relief road around Newport is sound, but South Wales still needs transport infrastructure and ways to fund it, says Tim Williams.

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.

Opinion: TfL's deal demonstrates how to do better with public land

Opinion: TfL's deal demonstrates how to do better with public land

Transport for London's partnership with private landlord Grainger is a model that could be followed outside the capital, writes Dean Clifford.

Opinion: Passing on the learning from east London

Opinion: Passing on the learning from east London

Western Sydney's councils, government departments and private sector are heading to east London to learn from the places, processes and people that have reshaped it, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: More power to the people

Opinion: More power to the people

The power imbalance between public sector landowners and communities works against achieving the best possible placemaking outcomes, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Stop talking down the high street

Opinion: Stop talking down the high street

We need to recognise the specific challenges of individual high streets, and not assume that the national narrative is true for every place, writes Holly Lewis.


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