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Opinion: The emotions of place, by Chris Brown

Opinion: The emotions of place, by Chris Brown

It's always good when someone reputable produces some research that reinforces one's views, even if we recognise the dangers of being selective with the evidence we allow to influence us.


Advice: Promoting housing on retail sites

Advice: Promoting housing on retail sites

Retail sites have great potential to add housing, but there's a need to understand retailers' operational needs and create an attractive environment for residents, finds Ben Kochan.

Analysis: Can the show go on for theatres?

Analysis: Can the show go on for theatres?

Theatres and arts centres face a battle to survive amidst council cuts, but some new city schemes are demonstrating how culture can add value, writes Josephine Smit.

Opinion: Get smart about urban density

Opinion: Get smart about urban density

Our cities need to accommodate an increasing population but some urban dwellers are highly resistant to development. Tim Williams looks beneath the surface of the debate.

Advice: Planning for housing with care

Advice: Planning for housing with care

Housing with care complexes for older people should be at the heart of new communities, providing services for residents and the wider population, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: What a more diverse industry could do for places

Opinion: What a more diverse industry could do for places

Can greater diversity in the built environment professions improve the quality of places we create? Stephen Gleave gives his answer.

Analysis: What can the NHS do for new communities?

Analysis: What can the NHS do for new communities?

NHS England's Healthy New Towns programme has captured the interest of developers and general public, but highlights the complexities of delivery, finds Josephine Smit.

Opinion: Holding onto Hackney's sense of place

Opinion: Holding onto Hackney's sense of place

The east London borough is changing fast, so it is down to local players to ensure that the area's heritage and communities thrive, writes Ibrahim Michael Maiga.

Opinion: Continuing the fight for the right to be average

Opinion: Continuing the fight for the right to be average

City divisions can run deep, resulting in lower life expectancies for the poorest residents. It's a challenge Tim Williams encountered in London and which might be even more pronounced in Sydney.

Case study: How businesses are enhancing King's Cross

Case study: How businesses are enhancing King's Cross

Businesses in the Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross area have taken a lead in delivering a low pollution walking route and study opportunities for students, finds Josephine Smit.

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