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Case study: Making the most of meanwhile use

Case study: Making the most of meanwhile use

The FIELD co-working space in Brighton's Preston Barracks was temporary, but its influence on its entrepreneurs, local people and the ensuing development lasts longer, Josephine Smit finds.


Advice: Providing healthcare as part of major housing development

Advice: Providing healthcare as part of major housing development

Proposers of major housing developments need to consider a range of options for addressing the healthcare needs of incoming residents, finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Tackling the obese city crisis

Opinion: Tackling the obese city crisis

We need to design walkability and health back into Greater Sydney and other cities if we are to address the rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes, writes Tim Williams.

Opinion: Make social value count for communities

Opinion: Make social value count for communities

The Social Value Act has played a critical role in raising understanding of the importance of social value, but now it's time to aim higher, argues Kevin O'Connor.

Opinion: Will homes in industrial estates ever work?

Opinion: Will homes in industrial estates ever work?

The draft London Plan's stress on density, a function of the mayor's contradictory desires to double housing output while ruling out incursions into the green belt, has been much discussed. But a lower profile has been given to another attempt to square this circle - namely, the drive to see residential development within industrial areas.

Need to know: NHS targets developers with new year health plan

Need to know: NHS targets developers with new year health plan

NHS England wants housebuilders to join initiative to promote fitness trails and other healthy features in new homes and communities.

Case study: Defining an urban cultural quarter

Case study: Defining an urban cultural quarter

Leeds' SOYO combines well known cultural assets with new homes, cafes and open spaces in a newly branded place, finds Josephine Smit.

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.

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