Urban rooms: where people get to design their city’s future

A network of urban rooms has now sprung up across the UK facilitated by the Place Alliance with Sheffield University, which brings together places as diverse as Newcastle, London, Hereford, Bristol and Weymouth. Each urban room creates a physical space where people...

New London Plan: Four key changes you need to know about

A schedule of ‘early suggested changes’ to the new London Plan was issued by the Greater London Authority earlier this month, ahead of a formal public examination expected to start in January. Here are four of the key changes proposed, with reaction from commentators....

Design by a thousand cuts

The UK is on the verge of a major expansion in housebuilding, yet new research by the Place Alliance has revealed a chronic lack of urban design expertise in local authorities. Read more →

Design and the NPPF – re-writing the rules?

Matthew Carmona discusses in his blog the draft of the English National Planning Policy framework (NPPF) that was launched on the 5th March 2018. He argues that NPPF’s paragraphs on design remained largely intact.  Since the early 1990s, Matthew has been writing...