The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) provides plan making support to local planning authorities. This work includes training events, dissemination of best practice and formulation of detailed guidance and checklists to support plan making. PAS also works directly with LPAs to provide bespoke plan making support. This report presents the results of an independent assessment of the impact of PAS direct plan making support to individual and groups of local planning authorities in England.
This ‘delivering change’ paper, supported by Santander, offers a series of case studies in the UK and abroad showing different ways universities, high-growth firms and cities collaborate. Some take advantage of history and brand such as Cambridge, while others build cross-border networks in order to build scale and make greater investments than they could on their own.
The worst storm to make landfall in recorded history hit Tacloban and other Philippine cities, each of which had no more than 250,000 residents yet which had to face an emergency operations challenge daunting even for the world’s largest mega-cities. The author of this blog learns how Tacloban and other secondary cities can improve their ability to cope.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre has published this report which presents a set of seven principles that are considered crucial for building resilience in social-ecological systems and discusses how these principles can be practically applied. The seven principles are: maintain diversity and redundancy; manage connectivity; manage slow variables and feedbacks; foster complex adaptive systems thinking; encourage learning; broaden participation; and promote polycentric governance systems. Each principle is presented along with an example of how it has been applied.
A new report by the Centre for European Policy Studies explores whether regional energy initiatives are an efficient, effective and politically acceptable approach toward reaching three EU energy policy objectives: competitiveness, supply security and sustainability.
In this paper, Charles Leadbeater analyses the key ingredients to London’s success. Drawing on focus groups with a range of Londoners, the paper explores how Londoners experience their city and the ways it could be made to work better for them.
This article focuses on what the different residents of coastal cities can do to conserve their biodiversity and to prepare themselves for climate change effects by adaptation and mitigation.
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have published a paper which outlines successful strategies for climate resilience and low carbon development pursued by communities and leaders in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Customer experiences and content are closely linked but there is a growing need for more emphasis on content that actually helps consumers find what they are looking for. A comprehensive, holistic content strategy should lie at the heart of all marketing and communications activities. This video provides an overview of the most pressing issues that travel companies usually encounter, and outlines strategic responses, based on his extensive experience as a consultant in the tourism industry. It also outlines the six steps that tourism organisations need to take into account when working on their content strategy.
This booklet is an interim report on the international research activities of the CIB Working Commission W101 Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Development. The basic concept of “The Accessible City” advocated by W101 is described in the overview section of this booklet. As an expert group on spatial design, the commission is convinced that this is a significant step for planning policy now and in the future in order to make urban spaces and society more open and friendly to all the people living in cities, as well as to restore the valuable places that tend to be lost due to motorization, commercialization and even the advancement of information technology. However, the specific aspects of urban issues differ from country to country, as evidenced by the various chapter titles of this booklet. It is both inevitable and enjoyable for international discussions to accept and respect such diversity. This booklet, as the first edition, consists of seven articles from seven countries at present.