The July 2014 issue of the Visit Europe newsletter looking specifically at outdoor activities.
The latest annual report from the Institute of Civil Engineers grades the UK’s transport, energy, flood, waste and water networks from A to E. It highlights the progress since 2010 in improving infrastructure and positioning it as a core enabler of economic growth, but suggests more needed to be done if we are to have world class infrastructure, in particular on the issue of resiliency given its impact on the economy and the major challenges ahead. This was highlighted by the “at risk” or “requires attention” grades for flood management, energy and local transport networks, due to the narrowing gap between supply and demand for energy, inadequate resilience to flooding and the decline in maintenance of both flood defences and local roads following investment cuts.
European Mobility Week is the most widespread campaign on sustainable mobility in the world. It takes place every year from 16 to 22 September. The aim of the campaign is to encourage European local authorities to introduce and promote sustainable transport measures and to invite people to try out alternatives to car use. The aim of these thematic guidelines is to provide local European Mobility Week coordinators with background information on this theme and inspiration for suitable campaign activities. European Mobility Week encourages local authorities to reallocate and redesign streets and public spaces in favour of people. These guidelines provide concrete ideas on how to implement this and will also help local European Mobility Week coordinators to develop activities that match the criteria of the prestigious European Mobility Week Award.
The University of Liverpool and Local Data Company are investigating factors that affect business rates (occupation, vacancy rates and rents ) and their preliminary analysis highlighted the disproportions in rents, vacancy rates and business rates, meaning some high streets are suffering more than others.
The Planning Advisory Service has published two more briefing notes on big planning topics for councils: Fracking and Population. Councillors may well be challenged on these topics by the public, so are advised to download these notes.
The third in a series of articles on flood mitigation in buildings.
This article discusses the rules surrounding hard hats and their use on UK construction sites.
BRE Buzz is the online community which connects built environment professionals, academics and activists, and encourages change and innovation to help shape the future of the world in which we live.
The European CASCADE project on local energy leadership has enabled 75 cities from 19 European countries to work together towards the Europe 2020 climate and energy targets Following three years of sharing knowledge and experience across Europe, the CASCADE project on local energy leadership is coming to an end, but information is available online.
This article presents three design principles to help city planners, developers, and citizens with an interest in increasing biking and walking in their communities. These design strategies are especially relevant for new developments and redevelopments, where there’s a golden opportunity to do things right the first time.