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Best practice, expert advice and case studies across placemaking disciplines including urban design, finance, sustainability and communities.

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Advice: Effective design review

Advice: Effective design review

Design review panels can be valuable in supplementing a local authority's urban design skills and helping to integrate large schemes, finds Ben Kochan.

 

Advice: Promoting co-housing development

Advice: Promoting co-housing development

Co-housing schemes can provide homes and space to build communities, but councils need to set aside sites and support groups to help bring them forward, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Co-housing development

Review: Co-housing development

Design of the Marmalade Lane co-housing scheme has broken the mould in Cambridge's Orchard Park, but Danielle Percy and Chris Surfleet wonder how the two communities will engage.

Case study: Converting unused and underused spaces to homes

Case study: Converting unused and underused spaces to homes

London housing association Poplar HARCA is two thirds of the way through a successful scheme to unlock hidden homes and is sharing its learning with others, Josephine Smit finds.

Advice: Bringing empty homes back into use for community benefit

Advice: Bringing empty homes back into use for community benefit

Councils and community organisations can work together to help maximise the local benefits of bringing empty homes into use, finds Ben Kochan.

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