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Seven Principles of Urban Design

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Our seven principles will help you decide whether proposals are any good. Successful places have attractive and comfortable outdoor spaces: this small City of London space offers a place to relax. Photo by Stephen McLaren. Urban design is a professional discipline that requires three years of training, but we've distilled the key points here for councillors.

General Information 14/07/10 Add icon
This Way to Better Residential Streets

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A briefing on residential street design aimed at planners, urban designers and highway professionals. Too many of the neighbourhoods where people live are structured around cars. This needs to change. This briefing investigates residential street design using examples from England and Scotland. It identifies common problems, explains how good design helps to connect and structure neighbourhoods – and makes recommendations for improvement. It is aimed at planners, urban designers and highways professionals. It will also be of interest to councillors, developers and anyone else concerned with the quality of new residential neighbourhoods.

Secondary Doc. 17/04/09 Add icon
Hallmarks of a Sustainable City

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Setting out the practical and policy responses to climate change that are needed to ensure our towns and cities are sustainable places. Climate change is one of the world’s greatest and most urgent challenges. But it also offers an opportunity to redesign how we think and organise our lives. Hallmarks of a sustainable city sets out the practical and policy responses to climate change that CABE believes are needed to ensure our towns and cities are geniunely sustainable places. The publication will be of interest to the people that lead local authorities – council leaders, chief executives, senior directors and heads of service – as well as national and regional government, development agencies and voluntary organisations. Sustainable Cities, our new website, offers clear priorities for action and highlights places that are getting it right.

Secondary Doc. 05/03/09 Add icon
Improving Green Space Skills: Public Space Lessons

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Explaining why better skills are so vital to the green space sector, with tips on what can do to improve them. The green space sector is suffering from an acute lack of skills, with a shortage of professionals such as landscape architects and green space managers and inadequate training and career development opportunities. This is leading to poor quality green spaces and an under-valued workforce on poor pay. There is a much greater understanding of the many benefits that good green spaces can bring to society, but without investing in the workforce these will not be realised. This briefing explains why better skills are so vital to the sector now, and gives useful tips on what green space organisations can do to improve them.

Secondary Doc. 05/02/09 Add icon
Improving Park Performance: Public Space Lessons

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If a local authority wants to improve the performance of its green space services, where should it begin? And how will it know when it has succeeded? These are critical questions at a time when local authorities are struggling under the combined weight of limited resources and very high expectations. Green space in urban areas has arguably never been valued as much as it is now, as both the public and government begin to recognise its role way beyond providing local amenity. Numerous research reports over the past year have shown how investment in green space will deliver better public health, both physical and mental. It can help to bring disparate communities together. It provides critical green infrastructure in a changing climate for cooling, shading, floodwater storage and biodiversity. And it is critical to regeneration.

Secondary Doc. 18/12/08 Add icon
Inclusion by Design - equality, diversity and the built environment

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Inclusion by design sets out CABE's position on equality, diversity and the built environment. It offers everyday examples from urban living demonstrating how good design can help create places that work for everyone. Until recently, discussion about equality and the built environment focussed on physical access – or the lack of it. As physical access has improved, the discussion has widened to address cultural and economic access, recognising that design plays a vital role in including, and often excluding, communities. Inclusion by design sets out CABE’s position on equality, diversity and the built environment. It offers everyday examples from urban living demonstrating how good design can help create places that work for everyone. Inclusion by design will interest design professionals and people working in government, as well as everyone working with CABE.

Secondary Doc. 27/11/08 Add icon
Delivering Great Places to Live - Building for life

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Explaining the 20 criteria used for the Building for Life standard. Anyone applying for the Building for Life standard should refer to this guide. This guide explains the 20 criteria used for the Building for Life standard. developers can use the 20 questions that go with them as a basis for writing development briefs, helping them to speed up planning approvals and win local community support. Local authorities can use them to demand high standards of design. delivering great places to live provides a valuable tool to assess design quality in new housing schemes. anyone applying for the Building for Life standard should refer to this guide.

Secondary Doc. 07/11/08 Add icon
Designing and Planning for Play: Public Space Lessons

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Advice encouraging local authorities to design natural play spaces that allow children to use their imagination. Bland playgrounds are restricting children’s creativity, with local authorities relying on an identical KFC, ‘kit, fence and carpet’, approach to design. The government is making unprecedented £235 million investment in children’s play. Designing and planning for play has been published to encourage local authorities to seize this opportunity to create spaces that allow children to use their imagination, with natural play design.

Secondary Doc. 09/10/08 Add icon
Civilised Streets

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This briefing is designed to stimulate the debate on new street design. It looks at different design approaches and at notions of street safety. It explores recent discussions on shared space and explains the many benefits of the recent change in thinking away from the car and towards the pedestrian. And it presents a common agenda for the future that is about removing the dominance of the car – creating civilised streets that work for all.

Secondary Doc. 07/03/08 Add icon
This way to better streets - 10 case studies on improving street design

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Streets are hard-working spaces. They balance a wide range of uses, communicate values and signify the transformation of neighbourhoods, towns and cities. To be sustainable and fit for purpose in the 21st century, streets need to respond to the demands of climate change and shifts in culture. CABE has reviewed 10 streets, looking at design development and implementation to unlock the lessons learnt. They provide an insight into recent developments in street design. This briefing summarises the findings.

Secondary Doc. 05/07/07 Add icon
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