Time + Place

How the School of Planning picked up where the Farrell Review left off, helping to create and nurture the Place Alliance into a leading voice on best practice in urban design.  Read more →

Safeguarding Quality via Permission in Principle

Matthew Carmona outlines a way of improving this broad-brush approach to planning approvals. He argues, that it may be possible to combine the designation of PiP with the production of a simple Coordinating Code for each allocated site. Read the full article in Urban...

UCL Campaign wins RTPI Sir Peter Hall Award

The winners of the 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence have been announced at a ceremony at the UK-Ireland Planning Conference in Cardiff. A national movement campaigning for high-quality places brought together by the University College London has won the Sir...

The art of bouncing

The British local authorities have always had a penchant for thoughtful architectural projects. But at a time of austerity measures, it is impossible to live without counting, and the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE) has paid the price. How to maintain a certain quality level when subsidies spin in the English way? Leslie Doumerc for the Parution d’Esquisses 2016, the magazine by the Order of Architects of Quebec.

“Winning the RTPI 2016 Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement represented a great honour and significant achievement for all those that have been involved in the development of the Place Alliance. It has given us even greater confidence to continue with our work making the case for place quality and has encouraged many others to become involved” Prof Matthew Carmona, Chair, Place Alliance

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Interview with Matthew Carmona: In search of Harmony

From protecting public rights in private spaces to ensuring ‘permission in principle’ preserves local character, Matthew Carmona is determined to reconcile public interest and private gain in well-designed places and spaces, finds David Blackman. Read...

The Place Alliance Big Midlands Meet

The Place Alliance Big Midlands Meet was an excellent platform to discuss the future of regional planning and urban design: from housing pressures to creation of places with a sense of identity. Read more →