Cliff Hague

Cliff Hague

The recent decision by Alphabet to scrap its ambitious waterfront regeneration project in Toronto is a landmark in the short history of smart cities.

Dr.Michael Kordas provides insights into the use of charettes for participation in planning - before and after Covid 19.

Saturday, 16 May 2020 11:42

Berlin June 1989 (Part 2)

The second and final part of my Diary in Planning from June 1989. You can read the first part by clicking here.

Saturday, 16 May 2020 11:28

Berlin, June 1989

A chance to read my monthly Diary in Planning from June 1989, which starts in Berlin just months before the Berlin Wall came down. It also looks at the Adam Smith Institute's ideas for privatising streets - an idea that might be revived post-Covid19? Of course there have been many gated communities developed in the meantime.  Click here to read the end of the article.

In June 2000 my regular column in Planning reflected on design quality in German towns, the Blair Gpovernment's Urban Task Force, and ways in which predictive text created bizarre proposals in students' work.

Friday, 01 May 2020 11:04

Planning for a car-driven future

"Good design can discourage cycle use, make roads safer and restore pavements to pedestrians and parked vehicles..."

The film Force Majeure focuses on the tensions within a marriage, but it also depicts the tensions between people and the natural environment.

Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:42

Covid 19 in rapidly urbanising countries

UN Habitat has published its response to the serious problems posed by the pandemic in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Arabic countries.

City planning in the Palestinian-controlled areas has yielded poor results when it comes to unexpected challenges, including the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, says local expert Dr. Ahmad El-Atrash.

The distinguished German planner, Professor Klaus Kunzmann, shares his thoughts on what the Covid19 crisis means for Europe, China, places and planning.

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