April 2013 Blog Posts (8)

Is Milan’s Bosco Verticale the future of sustainable architecture? Is it as green as it looks?

Milan's unfinshed Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is the world’s tallest example of living architecture, with two towers lifting hundreds of trees above Milan’s streets. It is already being hailed as a real world example of living architecture, but not everyone is sure of its success.

The two towers that make up Milan’s 65 million euro Bosco Verticale will be covered in 900 trees, the…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on April 30, 2013 at 12:56 — No Comments

Welcome to Toytown: what life is like in new-build Britain

Interesting, thought provoking article in the Guardian Magazine a couple of weeks ago about living in some new urban developments - Cambourne, near Cambridge (3,400 homes), Fairford Leys, near Aylesbury (1,900 homes) and Poundbury in Dorset (1,100 homes) - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/apr/06/new-build-britain-john-harris-housing

Are they better than Bourneville, Port Sunlight,…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on April 24, 2013 at 15:10 — No Comments

Get Britain Cycling - All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group Report out today (24 April 2013)

"One in ten of all journeys should be by bike" - http://allpartycycling.org/news/

A landmark report on the future of cycling in Britain calls for a national cycling champion to lead a drive for 10 per cent of all journeys in Britain to be by bike by 2025.

More of the transport budget should be spent on supporting cycling, at an…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on April 24, 2013 at 14:21 — No Comments

Living near to greenspace improves your wellbeing

A 17 year study led by the University of Exeter has shown that parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there.  Those in the study were followed as the moved around the UK and found an increase in wellbeing when compared with other life changing events such as employment, health, marital status and income.

"These kinds of comparisons are important for policymakers when trying to decide how to…


Added by Lucy Empson on April 22, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Our Place St Pauls draft document

Following the community mapping Our Place activities in St Pauls in March we have produced an initial Our Place St Pauls document available here as a pdf. …


Added by Peter Insole on April 12, 2013 at 20:14 — No Comments

Building a Better Bristol exhibition at Trinity Arts Centre until 25 May 2013

Once you find the way in (it is not well signed - go to the office entrance at the back then it is on the first floor) there is an interesting exhibition of neighbourhood planning and Local Sustainable Transport Fund proposals across the centre of the city at Trinity Arts Centre, Trinity Road, Old Market BS2 0NW until 25 May 2013 (open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm).

More info below and at http://www.oldmarketquarter.co.uk or…


Added by Stephen Hewitt on April 11, 2013 at 15:53 — No Comments

Lots of cars and trucks, No traffic signs or lights: Chaos or calm? Shared space brings shared bonhomie

The Chesire village of Poynton recently removed the traffic lights, signs, lanes, and even curbs from its centre. The result? Rather than chaos, a film claims the project has helped revitalize the town's traditional centre.

Added by Stephen Hewitt on April 10, 2013 at 17:12 — No Comments

Development Services E-Bulletin 2 April 2013


Welcome to the April 2013 edition of Bristol City Council's Development Services e-bulletin
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Added by Development Services on April 3, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

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