From high roads to high streets

From high roads to high streets
Juliana ORourke

By their very nature, and also as a result of human nature, no complex urban street will ever be to everyone’s liking. Nevertheless, these two schemes give it a very good go, and either could have won the award in another year. But it’s always good to see town centres being given back to the people... continue

27 Aug 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Investing to make town centres the destinations of choice again

Investing to make town centres the destinations of choice again
Juliana ORourke

The plight of town centres is damaging the viability of bus... continue

27 Aug 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Forget the shortest route across a city; new algorithm finds the most beautiful

Forget the shortest route across a city; new algorithm finds the most beautiful
Juliana ORourke

If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of... continue

12 Aug 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Misunderstanding density: why we are building the wrong sort of cities

Misunderstanding density: why we are building the wrong sort of cities
Juliana ORourke

Successful city planners don't just look at the population size, but... continue

30 Jul 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Defining urban and rural areas: new tool enables more effective analysis of different, but similar, spatial concepts

Defining urban and rural areas: new tool enables more effective analysis of different, but similar, spatial concepts
Juliana ORourke

A new report aims to harmonise the definition of cities and rural areas using the new degree of urbanisation... continue

21 Jul 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Walking back to healthiness – and cycling too. It’s high time we started prescribing, not just talking about,  ‘miracle cures'

Walking back to healthiness – and cycling too. It’s high time we started prescribing, not just talking about, ‘miracle cures'
Juliana ORourke

Transport and health: as Transport for London publishes what it calls “the world’s first Transport Health Action Plan”, John... continue

1 Jul 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
The Government says it wants our views on local authority parking; even though its mind seems made up

The Government says it wants our views on local authority parking; even though its mind seems made up
Juliana ORourke

Local authority parking: the latest consultation is, sadly, flawed. The first main paragraph of the... continue

1 Jul 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Street justice: the balance of power on the UK’s streets is back to front and it’s high time for change

Street justice: the balance of power on the UK’s streets is back to front and it’s high time for change
Juliana ORourke

A vehicle with a blind spot capable of swallowing up twelve bicycles is, by any reasonable definition,... continue

1 Jul 2014RUDI Intelligence Education

New London cycle design standards turn mayor’s vision into practitioner detail
Juliana ORourke

A new method for assessing a street’s level of service for cyclists lies at the heart of Transport for London’s draft London Cycling Design Standards. Andrew Forster spoke to Paul Lavelle, one of the standard’s authors, says Andrew Forster... continue

1 Jul 2014RUDI Intelligence Education

Planners say they’re needed to solve the housing crisis, so why don’t they promote section 106?
Juliana ORourke

The RTPI says planners are essential to increased housing output, pointing to their submission to the Lyons Review. But why do they ignore the potential of planning gain created through section 106 agreements? Read more on Red Brick... continue

12 Mar 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Great places go beyond design manuals

Great places go beyond design manuals
Juliana ORourke

A street which breaks quite a few ‘taboos’ of contemporary urban realm design – in Exmouth Market, London, for... continue

10 Mar 2014RUDI Intelligence Education

Circular economy worth $1tr: World Economic Forum makes business case at Davos
Juliana ORourke

It's one thing having a good business idea, but it is altogether another to show that it can transform the global economy, provide much-needed jobs, and be good for the planet. The key supporters of the circular economy today promised exactly this when they held out the mouth-watering prospect of... continue

30 Jan 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Rules for s106 agreements may change under Growth and Infrastructure Act options

Rules for s106 agreements may change under Growth and Infrastructure Act options
Juliana ORourke

Onerous section 106 requirements can tip schemes into unviability, but new... continue

27 Jan 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Measures to keep us safe from crime risk encouraging us to stay indoors

Measures to keep us safe from crime risk encouraging us to stay indoors
Juliana ORourke

Manifestations of the ‘one-track-mind’ approach to street design may... continue

17 Jan 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
The balance of power on the UK’s streets is back to front; it’s more than high time for change

The balance of power on the UK’s streets is back to front; it’s more than high time for change
Juliana ORourke

The balance of power on the UK’s streets is back to front; and it’s more than high time for... continue

17 Jan 2014RUDI Intelligence Education

Central Brussels will soon be essentially car-free: new mayor plans to pedestrianise Europe's most congested city centre
Juliana ORourke

If the city’s new mayor gets his way, Central Brussels will soon be essentially car-free. Socialist Party mayor Yvan Mayeur, sworn in last month as mayor of the Brussels City district, wants to turn the Belgian capital's central axis into a pedestrian zone. The move would transform a handsome but... continue

17 Jan 2014RUDI Intelligence Education
Subjectivity and streets: if streets are for people, what a weird and wonderful world this statement takes us to...

Subjectivity and streets: if streets are for people, what a weird and wonderful world this statement takes us to...
Juliana ORourke

Do you ever just sit, or stand, and watch people go by? If you don’t, you should. If you do, maybe you should do... continue

17 Dec 2013RUDI Intelligence Education
Proverbially, there are lies, damn lies, and what? The time-honoured answer is not ‘the outputs from traffic models’....

Proverbially, there are lies, damn lies, and what? The time-honoured answer is not ‘the outputs from traffic models’....
Juliana ORourke

We should be on guard against the way numbers are used to make a case. The numbers themselves may be accurate, and... continue

22 Oct 2013RUDI Intelligence Education

Parking 2.0: monitising free spaces via digital device booking. How will this impact on local authorities and private firms?
Juliana ORourke

Parking on private property has been growing dramatically in the last few years. But the real difference is the shift to the online pre-booking of spaces via a desktop website or mobile phone. Is this the dawn of ‘Parking 2.0’? And if so, what will be the impact on local authorities and parking... continue

3 Oct 2013RUDI Intelligence Education

Pinpointing the value of urban realm activity
Juliana ORourke

Traditions of high quality engineering could, it can be argued, be more concerned with function than form. The result, in many cases, is well-engineered infrastructure that often fails to consider the wider implications of how it contributes to the aesthetic environment and the wider public realm.... continue

27 Aug 2013RUDI Intelligence Education

The DfT rejects theory of ‘peak car’ and is forecasting road traffic in England to grow by 43% by 2040
Juliana ORourke

The DfT has rejected the theory of ‘peak car’ and is forecasting road traffic in England to grow by 43% by 2040. Reflecting on the traffic forecasts, Phil Goodwin, professor of transport policy at the University of West of England, said: “If these forecast traffic growth rates are correct, they... continue

27 Aug 2013RUDI Intelligence Education
The quest for better evidence in planning transport infrastructure: when will we explore facts instead of following big numbers?

The quest for better evidence in planning transport infrastructure: when will we explore facts instead of following big numbers?
Juliana ORourke

In transport terms, there is, of course, a reasonable body of evidence suggesting strongly that creating more road capacity is... continue

27 Aug 2013RUDI Intelligence Education
We know what we like, so why don't we build it?

We know what we like, so why don't we build it?
Juliana ORourke

The reasons why we, as individuals, enjoy public space may be fairly easy to appreciate in broad terms, but we struggle to put numbers to... continue

27 Aug 2013RUDI Intelligence Education

HS2 must be combined with regional regeneration and improve connectivity to peripheral areas to be of real value
Juliana ORourke

A planning expert has urged the Government to learn from France and integrate the delivery of high-speed rail with regional regeneration programmes and investments in local transport. Professor Peter Hall of University College London praised the French approach to high-speed rail... continue

16 Aug 2013RUDI Intelligence Education

Walking trips plummet as active travel message fails to hit home
Juliana ORourke

The number of walking trips made by Britons has fallen by more than a quarter since the mid-1990s, according to the new National Travel Survey. Cycling trips are down too, as are trips by car and bus. In fact, the only mode to buck the downward trend is rail.... continue

16 Aug 2013RUDI Intelligence Education

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