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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm each day

Closed all day Saturday and Sunday and bank holidays

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

Visit the School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Rethinking the urban landscape

Posted on: 5 December 2014
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Curated by The Building Centre and the Landscape Institute, this exhibition sets out to show that with long-term landscape planning cities can become healthier, safer and happier places to be, from reduced risk of flooding, to countering bad air quality, to weaving more enjoyable and inspiring environments throughout the urban fabric. The exhibition includes many of the best international projects in its presentation of more than 50 schemes. A range of inspiring models and films are available for visitors to experience, and there is a series of supporting talks. Thus free exhibition runs from 8 January – 10 February 2014.

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Reuniting health with planning

Posted on: 4 December 2014
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This Special Issue of Town & Country Planning (November 2014) taps into the current momentum around attempts to better understand both the influence of the built and natural environments on our health and the role of spatial planning in shaping places that help us to maintain good health.

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What is urban design?

Posted on: 1 December 2014
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The author of this blog was asked to define Urban Design and Master-planning in under 250 words each.

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From wasted spaces to living spaces

Posted on: 24 November 2014
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Amidst new political focus on the potential of brownfield land, a report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published today shows that local authorities have identified the capacity for at least 1 million new homes on suitable brownfield land in England. The report also makes a series of recommendations that would make brownfield land more attractive to developers and encourage local authorities to do more to identify suitable sites.

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Localism in London: What’s the story?

Posted on: 21 November 2014
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This report from the London Assembly Planning Committee monitors the progress made on various aspects of the Localism agenda in London over the last 12 months and contains a number of questions for the wider stakeholder community designed to assess how Localism can be progressed in the capital. The Committee argues that neighbourhood planning is not working in London and it is unlikely that more than a handful of neighbourhood plans will be in place in the capital by the time of the next election.

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Planning authority duties in the provision of appropriate specialist conservation advice in England

Posted on: 21 November 2014
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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation has published a new guidance note on planning authority duties in the provision of appropriate specialist conservation advice in England. The guidance note outlines the key statutory and non-statutory duties that local planning authorities have to provide in terms of specialist conservation advice.

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The sustainable growth of cathedral cities and historic towns

Posted on: 21 November 2014
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This report, published by the planning and environment consultancy, Green Balance, investigates the effectiveness of local plan-making in protecting England’s heritage in small cathedral cities and historic towns. The report specifically explores how current policy and practice address potential tensions between meeting local development needs and giving proper weight to conserving the special qualities of historic settlements.

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China rethinks urbanization

Posted on: 20 November 2014
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The November 2014 issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association, includes this article which considers the importance of China’s first national urbanization plan.

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The form of gentrification: Common morphological patterns in five gentrified areas of London, UK

Posted on: 19 November 2014
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The first part of this paper offers an overview of the main aspects of gentrification, triggers, development, investment, protagonists, and then move on to identify recurrent urban and architectural characteristics of gentrified areas. The central portion of this paper then focuses on the relationship between urban form and gentrification in five cases of gentrified urban areas in London, which have already been focus of studies on gentrification of a sociological nature.

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Evolving high streets: Resilience and reinvention. Perspectives from social science

Posted on: 18 November 2014
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This collection of opinion pieces brings together the views of a dozen academics and practitioners who have expert knowledge of the issues which must be addressed to understand the evolution of town centres and high streets in the digital era. It forms part of a wider study of the UK’s evolving town centres and high streets in the post-global economic crisis era supported by ESRC. The collection provides insight into the capacity of these vital commercial and community spaces to renew and regenerate. The opinion pieces aim to be thought provoking and will challenge and engage readers from industry, government, and academia alike.

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