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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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RICS Green Gauge 2010: RICS members and the sustainability agenda

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In 2008, RICS commissioned the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University to undertake a three year benchmarking and monitoring survey of how RICS members were engaging with the sustainability agenda. This new research builds on the RICS Green Profession report of 2007. The key aims of the RICS Green Gauge survey are to: assess the extent to which the surveying profession is continuing to engage with the sustainability agenda, by examining key measures such as the response to client demand for sustainability-based services and the frequency of use of sustainability information, tools and techniques;  track and monitor attitudes towards the sustainability agenda over time, and examine changes in attitudes by Professional Group and by Global Region; and identify and prioritise policy actions for RICS to monitor and improve the level of service it provides to its members in relation to the use of such information, tools and techniques.

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Student accommodation: Past guide and future promise

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This research from DTZ considers student accommodation in the UK, how this sector might change in the future, and where an investor might turn for good advice and a “safer than most” return. The team has recently been working on research into the London student accommodation market which will be featured in further detail in the next edition of Inside Education.

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More homes and better places: Solutions to address the scale of housing need

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This Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) report reviews the impact of the lack of new homes on individuals, wider society and the economy. It also examines the longstanding barriers to new housing, such as land, planning and opposition to development, which have been compounded by the recent financial crisis, and the government’s response to date. Please note that this report has 257 references, nearly all of which have links to full-text documents.

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Making the most of community led planning: a best practice guide for local authorities

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This best practice guide from Action for Market Towns (AMT) offers local authorities an insight into how community action can be kick-started to take advantage of the new rights that will become available to them through the Localism Bill.

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The paradox of urban resilience

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In early 2011, Cathy Wilkinson, a researcher from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, gave a talk on The paradox of urban resilience at a conference in Melbourne. In the talk she explores the paradox that a resilience approach demonstrates the importance of living with disturbances, yet cities have often been designed to remove or minimise environmental disturbances.  Cathy’s research critically explores the relevance of social-ecological resilience for urban governance in theory and practice. A video of the talk is available online.

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Resilience in urban design: 4th International Urban Design Conference. Gold Coast, Australia, 21-23 September 2011

Posted on: 23 September 2011
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This event provided an opportunity to reinforce and highlight resilient solutions for city-wide planning, design and infrastructure in order to successfully address emerging challenges brought about by climate change, peak oil crisis, population growth, social disengagement, technological disparity, rising pollution and waste, demands on food production, rising carbon emissions, and diminishing habitat and biodiversity. A 350-page book of proceedings is available online.

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Climate Compatible Development Tools

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A new interactive users’ guide to tools for climate and development planning has been launched. This project has been prepared in response to demand from a range of practitioners and government officials in developing countries, including demand expressed through members of the Coordinated Low Emissions Assistance Network (CLEAN). As a member of CLEAN, the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) funded and commissioned Ecofys and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to deliver an analytical report, a user guide and an associated research paper.

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Sustainable tourism: Community involvement and staff development. Inverness, 22 September 2011

Posted on: 22 September 2011
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This event was organised by CIFAL Findhorn and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Presentations are available online.

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Localism and the National Planning Policy Framework: some implications for local government

Posted on: 22 September 2011
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The Government is making some significant changes to the planning system that will affect the responsibilities of all local planning authorities. The intention is to make the planning system one that better supports sustainable economic growth and jobs, underpinned with the principles of localism, with less ‘top-down’ prescription and more ‘bottom up’ involvement. This document aims to give chief executives a brief overview of the significant changes to the planning system and the implications of the changes.

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Creative regions in Europe: Second Research Seminar. Poznan, 21-22 September 2011

Posted on: 21 September 2011
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This event focused on two research questions. First one concerns what role the concentration of creative and cultural industries plays at different geographical scales and contexts? In particular, how do these concentrations work in small towns and rural areas versus the more traditional larger city perspective? The second key theme of the workshop was the challenges and opportunities of the development of creative regions in Central and Eastern Europe. Speakers were asked to present papers on case studies, investigations and experiences of the creative industries in cities and regions with special reference to their contribution to region’s competitiveness and innovativeness. The range of papers covered both theoretical perspectives and practical examples of the problems faced by researchers in trying to understand the role of creative industries in peripheral areas as well as the issues on creative regions in Central and Eastern Europe. Presentations are available online.

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