Councils should set out how they will investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development and make officers’ reports easier to find on their websites, according to a report from the Local Government Ombudsman.
The Law Commission has published its final report and draft Bill on rights to light. This followed their consultation on the subject, which ran from 18 February 2013 to 16 May 2013. The Commission sought to investigate whether the law by which rights to light are acquired and enforced provides an appropriate balance between the important interests of landowners and the need to facilitate the appropriate development of land. It considered how the law might be clarified and examined whether the remedies available to the courts are reasonable, sufficient and proportionate.
This blog highlights two recent, acclaimed park projects in Berlin which offer different but equally striking stories of public involvement in the development process.
This blog takes a look at some of the best writing and public critiques of Thomas Heatherwick‘s Garden Bridge proposal.
In 2013 Hackney council made one of its most historic streets motor-free, initially on a trial basis. The trial became permanent recently, and Living Streets marked the occasion by hosting a street party. This provided an opportunity to canvas the opinions of local people, but also to talk to councillors and campaigners who helped bring this vision to life. The first podcast looks at the benefits of cherishing the public realm and how it might gives us a clue about the future of our high streets.
The author of this blog was asked to define Urban Design and Master-planning in under 250 words each.
This briefing digs deeper into the conventional wisdom that underpins public realm interventions and provides a more complete picture of the likely effects of public realm interventions on the local economy. It draws on available empirical evidence and urban economic theory.
According to this article in the Guardian newspaper, by the end of next year one-in-three of the world’s 100m+ skyscrapers will be in China, as its state-orchestrated urbanisation drive prompts a megacity building bonanza.
Cities Unlocked has conducted research into the challenges faced by people with sight loss as they navigate through cities. It has developed and tested a new demonstrator technology and identified opportunities to make cities work better for everyone. This is a unique collaboration of the UK charity Guide Dogs; the global urban innovation centre, Future Cities Catapult, and the multinational technology company Microsoft. Cities Unlocked is also working with partners from across business and academia.
Together with local academic and institutional partners, the London School of Economics Cities Programme co-ordinated a research orientated fieldtrip to Sarajevo. Learning from a multidisciplinary cohort of speakers, the discourse stretched across themes from history and politics, to architecture, urban planning and migration. This knowledge exchange, shared between a group of LSE master students and University of Sarajevo PhD candidates, offered a mirror to reflect on the city’s challenges and opportunities in the aftermath of twentieth century socialism and war. Further confronted by intensifying changes in global economic trends, its political, social and spatial conditions constitute a future of uncertainty in the practice of city-making today. In bringing to light a city that is both investing and reflecting on the long-term impacts of urban transformation, the publication hopes to contribute to improving an understanding of the contested urban reality brought about by profound socio-political complexity. The publication reconstructs in academic essays, written dialogues and urban design proposals how the city has evolved over time, across different powers, cultures, influences and points of collision, while recognising how they are beginning to metamorphosize in the current age.