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Opinion: How to push housebuilding back onto the path of good design

Opinion: How to push housebuilding back onto the path of good design

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has pledged to deliver on the aspirations of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. Chris Brown considers how.

Opinion: Wales is a good place for the government to start its levelling up

Opinion: Wales is a good place for the government to start its levelling up

With just under 30 per cent of its children found to be living in poverty, Wales should be in the sights of a government committed to helping left behind people and places, says Tim Williams.

Opinion: Beauty tips would help councils clamp down on schemes that don’t keep design promises

Opinion: Beauty tips would help councils clamp down on schemes that don’t keep design promises

One of the key asks from the government-backed Building Better Building Beautiful Commission was for improved enforcement to ensure developers adhere to approved plans when they build out schemes.

Opinion: Time for the regeneration sector to get back to what it was made to do

Opinion: Time for the regeneration sector to get back to what it was made to do

That is to improve the economic outcomes for under-served communities in the former industrial heartlands, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Grow the non-speculative, non-profit sector

Opinion: Grow the non-speculative, non-profit sector

That is what government needs to do through its policies if it is to optimise the social, environmental and economic outcomes of housebuilding and placemaking, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Universities must retain their role in urban regeneration

Opinion: Universities must retain their role in urban regeneration

Without the dynamism of the tertiary education sector, many cities in the UK would be on their last legs, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Last month's serious floods, affecting large areas in the north of England, have put the issue of development on the flood plain back in the news.

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

That means looking at growth and inclusion through the lens of sustainability, rather than continuing to pursue growth at all costs, writes Mark Lynam.

Opinion: The tide is turning for town centres

Opinion: The tide is turning for town centres

Making the change from a sprawling, car reliant town with a bombed out high street to a fully functioning, attractive walkable place isn't easy, writes Chris Brown.

Opinion: Plan transport for urban growth rather than to relieve congestion

Opinion: Plan transport for urban growth rather than to relieve congestion

There has been a lack of land-use and transport integration at the heart of infrastructure appraisal, writes Tim Williams.

Councils that overuse their new design muscle risk strangling housing delivery, by Joey Gardiner

Councils that overuse their new design muscle risk strangling housing delivery, by Joey Gardiner

Goldsmith Street in Norwich, the 105-home council housing development which won last month's Stirling Prize for architecture, was undoubtedly a timely victor.

Opinion: Good design requires good designers and clients

Opinion: Good design requires good designers and clients

The government's National Design Guide for new housing is fundamentally flawed in its belief that regulation can deliver good design, writes Chris Brown.


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