The third annual NBS National BIM Survey has been published. The latest survey questionned more than 1,350 industry professionals on their perceptions of BIM.
The revised versions of Approved Document K (Protection from falling, collision and impact) and P (Electrical safety)come into force in England in April 2013. This NBS TV programme explains the changes and examines several of the new diagrams and explains slight shifts in technical guidance. It looks at some common misconceptions and failures in compliance with regard to these two Approved Documents.
This background note from the Overseas Development Institute considers how policy makers, managers and practitioners can best plan in the face of complexity. First, this guide describes the features of complex situations, and explains why they pose a challenge for traditional planning approaches. Second, it outlines key principles for planning in the face of complexity. Third, the guide provides examples of approaches that have been used for planning in situations of complexity.
Over eight months the Design Commission took evidence from leaders across the public, private and design sectors on where design is already contributing to public services and how more can be done. The resulting report calls upon government to tackle the dual challenges of making public services better and more cost-effective by putting design at the heart of service development and delivery.
England’s 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIA) marked their first anniversary at a Forum in London on 26 March 2013. The Forum enabled the 12 NIA partnership groups to share details and learning on the wide-ranging work they are doing to restore nature on a landscape scale.
Architect Sir Terry Farrell has been appointed by the Government to make recommendations on promoting high standards of design. He will be supported by an expert advisory panel of members from across the architecture and design industry who will look at the themes of the review in more detail. The review is intended to engage architects, designers and other built environment professionals to help the Department for Culture, media and Sport think about its role in achieving high-quality design, allowing it to better influence and shape policy across government. The review will look at four main areas: Understanding the Government’s role in promoting design quality in architecture and the built environment; The economic benefits of architecture; Cultural heritage and the built environment; Promoting education, outreach, and skills.
This supplement, published in the Times newspaper of 26 March 2013, looks at creating cities which are fit for the future.
The International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg will run from 23 March until 3 November 2013. About 60 projects will be exhibited to the public, following six years of project work and preparation. The IBA is an urban development project that combines architecture, urban planning and private housing construction with the transformation of socially disadvantaged areas and sustainability.
Following up from recent UN meetings on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of international scientists have published an article in Nature magazine arguing for a set of six SDGs that link poverty eradication to protection of Earth’s life support.
This short report summarises the progress made on high streets to date, including achievements from the last year, and sets out what’s next for high streets.