Stephen Hewitt's Blog (72)

BRE to set sustainability standard for new homes - out for consultation until 25 July 2014

BRE to set sustainability standard for new homes

22 June 2014

http://www.building4change.com/page.jsp?id=2409

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on July 1, 2014 at 10:01 — No Comments

Over half of homes under modern space standards, says report

Article from Planning Resource:

18 June 2014 by John Geoghegan

http://www.planningresource.co.uk/article/1299410/half-homes-modern-space-standards-says-report

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on June 19, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Living City: The Anatomy of a Green Capital at Architecture Centre until 10 Aug 2014

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.

Opening hours

Wednesday to Friday, 11am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5pm

Closed all day Monday…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 19, 2014 at 9:42 — No Comments

The Farrell Review – what next? - Bristol as a test bed

Written by Sir Terry Farrell CBE

Weds 14 May 2014

http://www.farrellreview.co.uk/news/post/347

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 14, 2014 at 17:03 — No Comments

Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism

Continental shift

The Planner 6 May 2014

http://www.theplanner.co.uk/features/continental-shift

 

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 13, 2014 at 15:11 — No Comments

Two reasons urban designers should visit Derbyshire this summer

1. The birthplace of garden cities, by Sir Peter Hall

9 May 2014 by Sir Peter Hall,

http://www.planningresource.co.uk/article/1292986/birthplace-garden-cities-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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on May 13, 2014 at 15:06 — No Comments

Urban planning could change driving behaviour

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on March 27, 2014 at 13:32 — No Comments

New national planning practice guidance aims to promote health and reduce inequalities

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on March 26, 2014 at 17:56 — No Comments

Public health: how landscape can improve the health of residents

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

http://www.theguardian.com/local-government-network/2014/feb/23/public-health-landscape-health-residents

 

A Dutch study published in 2003 looked at the health of…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 26, 2014 at 12:58 — No Comments

Better housing and better places are essential if we are to tackle the UK's obesity crisis

“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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 3, 2014 at 21:31 — No Comments

New RIBA report - 'City Health Check – How Design Can Save Lives and Money'

England losing almost £1bn a year due to poorly designed public space

www.architecture.com/CityHealthCheck

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:…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 3, 2014 at 21:17 — No Comments

Urban Planning and Public Health in a Rapidly Urbanising World

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.

 

Stephen

 

Urban Planning and Public Health in a Rapidly Urbanising World

Posted January 3, 2014 by Cliff Hague…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on February 3, 2014 at 21:14 — No Comments

The 100 "Best" books on city-making ever?

Looking for something to spend those Christmas book tokens on (at your local independent book-seller).

Is your favourite included or missing?

Stephen

 

The 100 "Best" Books on City-Making Ever Written?…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 24, 2013 at 16:33 — No Comments

Iceland's hidden elves delay road projects

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

Stephen

 

Iceland's hidden elves delay road projects

By Jenna Gottlieb - Dec. 22, 2013 1:17 PM EST…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 24, 2013 at 10:01 — No Comments

"Urbanized" a documentary film by Gary Hustwit

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 23, 2013 at 14:06 — No Comments

Poor neighborhoods may contribute to poor health

Poor neighborhoods may contribute to poor health

 By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times

October 20, 2011

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-obesity-neighborhoods-20111020,0,2373227.story

 

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 23, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

New Faculty of Public Health statements on built environment, transport, food and obesity

Integrated approach needed to improve health

http://www.fph.org.uk/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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Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 23, 2013 at 11:20 — No Comments

Camilla van Deurs - Cities for People - http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2013/11/cities-for-people/

http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2013/11/cities-for-people/

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 23, 2013 at 11:14 — No Comments

Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places

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…

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Added by Stephen Hewitt on December 13, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

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