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Housing, community renewal, arts, culture & heritage, urban green spaces, regeneration, conservation and community engagement in the built environment.

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Advice: Animating city centre spaces

Advice: Animating city centre spaces

Open air music, dance and theatre performances bring benefits to city centres, but public spaces need to be planned and landscaped to maximise their impact, finds Ben Kochan.


Review: Community and wellbeing hub

Review: Community and wellbeing hub

The Limelight in Old Trafford is a large scheme with community facilities and housing for older people, but its simple materials and muted colours mean it doesn't overpower neighbouring houses, finds Gordon Tero.

Need to know: Barnet residents vote for estate redevelopment

Need to know: Barnet residents vote for estate redevelopment

Social housing tenants approve redevelopment of their estate in first ballot to take place under new rule introduced by London mayor Sadiq Khan this summer.

Coming up: Durham garden village puts focus on health

Coming up: Durham garden village puts focus on health

Durham County Council has approved a 1,500 home development to the south of Seaham, which is targeting design and innovation for care and wellbeing.

Case study: Holding a festival to innovate in housing

Case study: Holding a festival to innovate in housing

The Bristol Housing Festival is a five year experiment involving city players and general public to find solutions to the housing crisis, finds Josephine Smit.

Advice: Promoting meanwhile uses as part of regeneration

Advice: Promoting meanwhile uses as part of regeneration

Meanwhile uses can bring long term benefits as well as short term activity to sites awaiting redevelopment, but developers need to be persuaded to allow them, writes Ben Kochan.

Analysis: Scoring the big wins from sport

Analysis: Scoring the big wins from sport

A new or improved stadium can not only be a catalyst for broader regeneration, it can also provide a hub for social change in its community, Josephine Smit finds.

Case study: Tackling community fragmentation and anti-social behaviour

Case study: Tackling community fragmentation and anti-social behaviour

In North Tyneside a public-private partnership is succeeding in changing the lives of disadvantaged young people with work-based training, finds Josephine Smit.

Advice: Addressing the needs of people with dementia in new housing

Advice: Addressing the needs of people with dementia in new housing

Housing design for older people often focuses on physical mobility, but it is important homes are visually accessible to cater for the needs of those with dementia, finds Ben Kochan.

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.

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