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BRE to set sustainability standard for new homes
22 June 2014
Voluntary system comes in wake of government’s plan to axe Code for Sustainable Homes
BRE is to develop a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes following the government’s proposal to scrap the Code for Sustainable Homes.
It says the new standard will allow developers to…Continue
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Article from Planning Resource:
18 June 2014 by John Geoghegan
More than half of English homes fall short of modern space standards, according to a new study.
Research by Cambridge University analysed 16,000 dwellings in England and found that 55 per…Continue
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Do try and pop in to the Architecture Centre (between Arnolfini and the Youth Hostel just near Pero’s Bridge) to see the current exhibition, it is about what makes a healthy and sustainable city.
Public health colleagues here and at UWE (part of a Bristol Health Partners Health Improvement Team) have helped with this, it is there until 10 August 2014.
Wednesday to Friday, 11am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5pm
Closed all day Monday…Continue
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Written by Sir Terry Farrell CBE
Weds 14 May 2014
This week senior representatives from over 20 institutions and agencies involved in the built environment will be meeting at the Design Council to discuss “The Farrell Review: What Next?”. It seems like a good time to reflect on progress so far including a number of potential ‘pilot’ projects which aim to demonstrate…Continue
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The Planner 6 May 2014
If we want to revive the garden city tradition as we meet the demands of a growing population, then we need to turn to Europe, argues Sir Peter Hall.
"It's all about the garden city tradition and how that turned into new towns after World War II. Then how that tradition has gone…Continue
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1. The birthplace of garden cities, by Sir Peter Hall
9 May 2014 by Sir Peter Hall,
Chances are you've never heard of the Derbyshire colliery village of Barrow Hill.
In the unlikely event of you going there, you might not give the barn-like structure of St Andrew's…Continue
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Car use could be reduced through careful urban planning, according to the results of a new German study. By combining data on driving behaviour and high-resolution satellite imagery, the researchers show how patterns of land and car use are connected.
Cars are a major source of…Continue
Added by Stephen Hewitt on March 27, 2014 at 13:32 — No Comments
Public Health England welcomed the Department for Communities and Local Government’s National Planning Practice Guidance (published on 6 March 2014), which recognises the importance of local planning in the development of healthy communities.
Nick Boles, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning, announced the guidance which supports the National Planning Policy Framework and includes a…Continue
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Planning departments and public health professionals should work together to embed health and wellbeing into local policy
Sue Illman theguardian.com, Sunday 23 February 2014 09.00 GMT
A Dutch study published in 2003 looked at the health of…Continue
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“Better housing is essential if we are to tackle the UK's obesity crisis: The places where people live and work influence the success of other public health measures to improve exercise and diet”
Guarfian Healthcare Network 14 January 2014…Continue
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England losing almost £1bn a year due to poorly designed public space
New research published today (Thursday 30 January) by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) exclusively reveals the clear link between land use and public health in English cities. The new report 'City Health Check – How Design Can Save Lives and Money' compares three major health issues:…Continue
Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 3, 2014 at 21:17 — No Comments
Interesting blog from Cliff Hague, particularly the last couple of paragraphs. He is contributing a chapter to a book that Hugh Barton is editing, 'Planning for health and well-being' that will be published later this year by Routledge.
Urban Planning and Public Health in a Rapidly Urbanising World
Posted January 3, 2014 by Cliff Hague…Continue
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Looking for something to spend those Christmas book tokens on (at your local independent book-seller).
Is your favourite included or missing?
The 100 "Best" Books on City-Making Ever Written?…
Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 24, 2013 at 16:33 — No Comments
Why worry about bats, newts, great crested newts, wild orchids and town/village green applications when you can have elves?
A seasonal story from Iceland
Best wishes for 2014
Iceland's hidden elves delay road projects
By Jenna Gottlieb - Dec. 22, 2013 1:17 PM EST…Continue
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Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic…Continue
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Poor neighborhoods may contribute to poor health
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2011
A study of low-income residents in L.A. and four other U.S. cities finds that those who moved into better-off areas may become healthier than those who stayed…Continue
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Integrated approach needed to improve health
FPH has published expert resources on a range of issues connected to food, the environment, transport and obesity that demonstrate the importance of an integrated approach to improving people's health.
The evidenced-based position and briefing statements, which are…
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The conversation on urban design must change in focus from the physical structure of the cities to the people who live in them. This is the strongly held belief of Camilla van Deurs, a partner with Danish architectural practice Gehl Architects, which works around the world implementing its vision of creating resilient places that are liveable today and sustainable…Continue
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The role of land use in creating communities that encourage healthy living choices is explored in two new publications from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Chicago, USA, Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places and…Continue
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