Monday, 16 July 2018 16:44

China's New-Style Urban Policy

Urban Transformation and “New Style” Urbanisation in China was the theme of a major conference hosted by the University of Glasgow.

How do you create attractive and environmentally sustainable places? A new, updated edition of a major text provides powerful lessons and evidence.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:14

The Civic Use of Heritage Assets

My blog published on the website of the Built Environment Forum Scotland on 1 December 2015 arges that the "hollowing out" of local government has seriously diminished the capacity to cherish the historic environment as a civic asset.Click here to read the blog.

Zlin is an outstanding example of a town inspired by 20th century functionalist architecture. This classic company town was a product of the Bata shoe company, its "home town" that the company then mimicked across the continents. It survived Communism, and now a finely balanced conflict is taking place between conservation and  consumer capitalism.

I have just spent a few days enjoying the redwood forests of Northern California. Wandering amidst these magnificent trees was only possible because of the efforts of committed conservationists over the last century. I first saw the redwoods in 1980. That year we did a house exchange with the City Planner of Eugene, Oregon. This enabled me to see something of the workings of planning and zoning in this part of the US. We also travelled up and down the spectacular coast of Oregon. Riding once more on the iconic coastal Highway 101, what differences do I see?

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This blog was first posted on the Planning Resource website on 27 June 2012.

 

The Rio +20 summit was widely ignored by the world’s political leaders – the clearest possible statement that they have no intention of providing leadership on sustainable development. Similarly, the media devoted scant attention to the event – in marked contrast to the coverage given to the landmark 1992 gathering, or the 1972 summit in Stockholm. So what actually happened at Rio and where does it leave planners and others whose work it is to deliver more sustainable forms of development?

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Friday, 10 April 2015 16:09

Conserving Europe's Cultural Heritage

This blog was first posted on the Planning Resource website on 5 June 2012.

How is heritage conservation across Europe faring in these difficult economic times? Last week I was at the Europa Nostra meeting in Lisbon, representing the Built Environment Forum Scotland. We heard some inspiring stories but also cause for concern.

Lisbon, where Europa Nostra met

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