Cliveden Hospital Masterplan

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Tue, 12/12/2000
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Organic Cities

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Wed, 10/11/2000
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These plans of Manchester were drawn for an exhibition in CUBE (Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment) in Manchester in 2002. They were blown up to 2m square panels and entirely filled one of the galleries. They were later updated for CUBE's 2005 retrospective exhibition and have been used at the start of many of URBED's presentations because they so clearly sum up the story of British cities.

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Tapping the Potential

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Fri, 03/10/2000
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  • Publication
  • Research
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The reason for our interest in urban housing capacity was a frustration at the insistence of many planning authorities that they had no room for any more housing. A couple of years earlier we had been commissioned by Friends of the Earth to write a polemic on the capacity of English towns to accommodate housing growth. The government shared our frustration and asked us to convert the research into a good practice guide to help local authorities measure capacity more accurately. The report above is the result.

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Building the 21st Century Home: The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood - 1999 Edition

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Sat, 01/02/1999
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  • Research
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Throughout the second half of the 1990s we spent a lot of our time undertaking research and writing on urbanism. It was a time when the debate about urban design and development raged between those like ourselves who believed in cities and those that were content with the dispersal and suburbanisation of new housing in the name of consumer choice.

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Hulme Park

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Wed, 07/15/1998
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  • Consultation
  • Green Infrastructure
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The Zion Square 'The six ages of Hulme' represent memories and local important events through a series of steel panels images cast directly into trenches at pavement level. The Treasure Island play area was designed and constructed by a local design and construction cooperative Build for Change. Gates, furniture, the Sea Dragon and other play structures were created and designed by local school children. The Activity area surfacing, along with a mosaic path, was designed by a local artist with the participation of Proctors Youth Club.

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But Would You Live There?

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Wed, 06/10/1998
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  • Research
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One of the arguments against the urban renaissance was always that people didn't want to live in cities - that professionals were imposing their urban nightmare vision on an unwilling public. We with MORI and Bristol University were therefore commissioned by the Task Force to undertake a series of extended focus groups to better understand people's attitudes to urban areas and how amenable these views were to being changed.

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Grainger Town

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Sat, 06/06/1998
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  • Guidance
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We were commissioned to prepare a guide for the Grainger Town district of Newcastle. This is a wonderful district, including the celebrated Grey Street. It could be seen as one of the last great Georgian planned neighbourhoods even though it was built in the 1830s and therefore many years after better known examples like Edinburgh New Town. The area had once been the heart of Newcastle City Centre but by the mid 1990s was run down and losing both its retail and office role.

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Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path To Urban Reform

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Wed, 01/14/1998
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  • Research
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At an Urban Villages conference in 1998, Richard Rogers in giving the keynote address, held up this report and told the audience that they must all read it. The initial print run sold out within a few weeks and we had to hurriedly reprint. Despite being done on a very small budget in just a couple of months, it turned out to be one of our most important reports both in terms of its influence and our reputation. It started with a call from a research officer at Friends of the Earth worried about the pressures building up to relax constraints on Greenfield housing.

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SUN Dial Inititive Journal

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Wed, 10/16/1996
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  • Publication
  • Research
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SUN Dial was an occasional journal produced by URBED with funding from the Government's Environmental Action Fund and the European community's ALTENER programme. The aim of the journal was to challenge the received wisdom at the time, which was that urban areas were inherently unsustainable. Articles were commissioned from a wide range of experts including Joe Ravetz, Michael King, Daniel Libeskind, Marcus Wilshere and Los Angeles based writer Richard Risemberg.

The aim of the SUN Initiative was to undertake the following activities:

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Hulme Guide to Development

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Wed, 10/16/1991
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  • Guidance
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This is not strictly an URBED project. It was commissioned from the Hulme Community Architecture Project which was run at the time by Charlie Baker who enrolled David Rudlin to help. Nevertheless the guide was used as one of 10 case studies in a 2006 study for government by the Bartlett School of Planning and was considered still to be one of the most effective. The printed versions of the guide are now rare and change hands for vast amounts on the black market while the original computer files are buried deep in an archive.

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