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Synthesis report on urban climate resilience

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This report opens with a short overview of the critical role for cities in responding to climate change followed by an outline of climate ‘vulnerability’ and ‘resilience’ in an urban context. It identifies  areas and knowledge gaps for four key topics: risk and uncertainty; governance; people, and place. For each topic, areas for more detailed consideration in future URBAN-NEXUS activities are suggested.

An Annex of case studies is also available. Examples of case studies and research are presented throughout the report to illustrate relevant sections. Summaries of all of the information received on case studies and partnership initiatives are presented in this annex.

The synthesis report informed discussions at the first URBAN-NEXUS Dialogue cafe held in Glasgow, 29-30 May 2012. A follow-up report from this event is available online here.

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Energy Bill

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Following extensive consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny, the Government has published an Energy Bill which sets out radical reforms to the design of the electricity market that are designed to kick-start a renaissance in construction of low-carbon energy infrastructure and in low-carbon manufacturing supply-chains.

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Measuring well-being and sustainable development: Sustainable Development Indicators

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The development of measures of sustainable development for the UK is currently progressing on two fronts: a ‘Measuring National Well-being’ initiative, set up by the Prime Minister in 2010 and being run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and a Defra-managed revision to the Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) which were published for consultation in July 2012. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published the findings of its inquiry which focused on the linkages between the two initiatives and the detail of the proposed new SDIs.

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Urban design practice: An international review

Posted on: 28 November 2012
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Urban Design Practice, written by Sebastian Loew, provides a fascinating account of the state of urban design practice across the world today. A video presentation is available on Urbannous, where the author introduces the book, tracing the history of urban influences, including engineering and public health, the Beaux Art movement, the introduction of zoning and the abandonment of traditional street patterns and their substitution by object architecture, and onwards to the rise of urban design as a recognised activity.

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American Express Meetings & Events 2013 Global Meetings Forecast

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According to the American Express Meetings & Events 2013 Global Meetings Forecast (“the Forecast”), Asia Pacific, with its relatively strong economy, is likely to see the strongest growth among regions in both spending and the number of meetings. In North America, economic uncertainty is expected to keep those categories relatively flat, while Europe will likely experience declines as it continues to face a currency crisis and, due to political instability in some markets, Central/South America is also expected to see slight declines overall, especially in spend.

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Bigger than business: Community investment in an age of austerity

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The London School of Economics and Orbit have published the findings of a study on how housing associations can empower tenants to help their communities and tackle society’s toughest challenges. The top five community investment priorities identified were: youth activities, support and job access; employment and job training for adult residents; tackling crime and anti-social behaviour; welfare and money advice; and support and provision for older people and families.

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Empty Property Rates: RICS Briefing

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The RICS has published the results of research from its expert members into the effect of business rates on empty property, more commonly known as Empty Property Rates (EPR). The research found empty property rates are having a negative impact on the growth and development of retail, office and industrial space across the country.

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National House-Building Council: Technical Extra

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NHBC’s Technical Extra 8 includes a detailed summary of the key changes in NHBC Standards 2013. It also covers the requirements for providing reasonable access and facilities for the fire and rescue service, the introduction of Fee for Intervention and the latest on The Flood and Water Management Act. The edition also includes guidance on testing criteria for subsoil and topsoil and provides an update on the latest reports issued by NHBC Foundation.

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Identification and mobilization of solar potentials via local strategies

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The European project POLIS aimed to implement strategic urban planning and local policy measures to activate the solar ability of urban structures in European cities. Based on experience gathered during the pilot actions in the cities of Lisbon, Lyon, Malmö, Munich, Paris and Vitoria-Gasteiz, these guidelines were developed to support you in adaptation of your urban planning procedures with the aim of boosting solar energy in your city or town. The POLIS partners have identified a total of ten guidelines necessary to implement a coherent planning policy in favour of solar energy. They address how to identify and mobilise the solar potential, optimize solar urban planning processes, and adapt local policies and legislation.

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The relevance of parking in the success of urban centres

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London Councils commissioned consultancy The Means to review previous research done about the impact of parking and parking charges on town centres. This report, published by London Councils, reveals that the range of shops and services in a town centre is more important to visitors than whether they have to pay to park there.

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