Most new housing in England is being designed without any character or sense of identity. LDA Design’s Ian Houlston and Dr Stephen Carter of Headland Archaeology argue that there is no excuse for making ‘non places’.
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Global lockdown has resulted in the emptying of our streets of cars. With UK road travel at 1955 levels, pollution is dropping. Pop-up bike and jogging lanes replace traffic jams and the air is easier to breathe. When lockdown lifts, will there be a new-found energy and appetite to rethink and reclaim our streets at a pace and on a scale unimaginable before the crisis? The good news is that this process of reclamation is already well underway.
Tall buildings change the look of low-rise neighbourhoods, but Andrew Harland argues that this visibility dominates the planning process to the exclusion of something more important – how a place feels and works.
London’s population is rising by around 100,000 a year. Public realm is the antidote to the city growing denser, hotter and more congested. All eyes are on Camden Council as it rolls out an ambitious programme to make the centre greener, cleaner and safer.