Indfør arkitekturzoner i stedet for at stille flere krav i lokalplanerne

Indfør zoner med forskellig arkitektur, lav mere inddragende borgerhøringer og øg fleksibiliteten for brug af ejendomme i bymidten. Det er opskriften på stærkere lokalplaner, skriver byplanlægger Ian Livingstone. De mange debatindlæg i Byrummonitors serie ’Svære lokalplaner’ giver interessante bud på, hvordan man forbedrer indretningen af vores byer. Flere af dem synes dog fokuserede på at…

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The 15 minute city – moving towards a universal ‘mixed-use’ zoning future?

As the desire to transition to a more sustainable urban society, the Paris Mayor has set out an ambition of a ’15 minute city’ in the central area of capital’s 20 arrondissements. This will include all facilities which are typically expected to be needed by urban dwellers, to be found within a 15 minute walking…

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Planning v Airbnb

The meteoric rise of Airbnb has been well publicised over the last 5 or more years across the world. It is now that Governments are reacting to the presence of short term let properties and introducing legislation to deal with them appropriately. This is to ensure an adequate stock of available homes on a long…

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Float on!

Vattenfall recently announced its first floating solar farm in the Netherlands. The 1.2 MW floating farm will help to power 50% of the ongoing mining and extraction works at a site in Gendringen. This is a practice which should be widely promoted on a global scale, where achievable. Man made lakes and those which arise…

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Livplan at Bloxhub!

I am pleased to announce that from 11th November, Livplan will be a resident of the urban environment working community operating from Bloxhub, at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen. Through this move I hope to contribute positively to the diversity of community and make new connections. Please come and find me if you are…

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Guerrilla Gardening for the greater good

A global trend which emerged some years ago continues to flourish in towns and cities across the globe, transcending neighbourhoods and on the face of it, improving urban streetscapes. The health benefits of ‘getting one’s hands dirty’ is well documented and carrying out sporadic, but purposeful bouts of urban horticulture at street corners, junctions and…

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Castles in the Sky

It has recently be discovered that urban planning in Jakarta has reached new levels, literally. Cosmos Park is an urban community of 78 dwellings, recreational facilities and infrastructure on top of an existing shopping mall in the Indonesian capital. It has existed for approximately 10 years and provides a safe and secluded way of life…

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More Bikes = Healthy Minds

A recent conference in Dublin heard that school kids who cycled or walked to school displayed capabilities to ‘concentrate for longer and remember things more easily’. This is particularly topical at a time when Dublin is seeking to make significant infrastructural improvements to its transport network to enhance and promote sustainable forms of transport as…

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The Value of Small Urban Spaces

Urban spaces as an individual entity are unique across the world. They each form a small piece of a wider, collective urban jigsaw and define the fabric of neighbourhoods and communities who use them. Their value is dictated through design and integration with the surrounding environment and how they are used socially. An early study…

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Dublin’s Tallest Tower Permitted

An Bord Pleanála recently resolved to grant planning permission for an 88 metre tower at Tara Street. This contentious development had previously been rebutted by Dublin City Council and ABP and again at the second time of asking, the Planning Authority refused to support the amended proposal, citing ‘irrecoverable’ impacts upon the setting and character…

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The Mental & Social Impacts of Urban Planning

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/25/poverty-safari-orwell-books-prize-scottish-rapper-loki The book ‘Poverty Safari’, written by Scottish author and rapper Darren McGarvey, aka Loki, claimed the Orwell Prize 2018 for political writing. The book provides an autobiographical tale of the authors upbringing in Pollok, a high rise scheme in south Glasgow in the early 1990s. The author experienced first hand the impacts of a…

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Housing Need in Ireland

There is currently seemingly endless media and journalistic coverage in Ireland relative to homelessness and the ‘housing crisis’. Government planning policy and guidance is now geared towards rapid housing delivery through ‘fast-track’ planning applications and better use of land in urban areas to maximise densities and contribute to compact growth. Due to the housing market…

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Water and the future

As climate change steadily becomes reality, countless urban areas in close proximity to the oceans are attempting to find solutions to rising water levels and how the impact of water surges can be treated and used in a positive manner. Bangkok and Boston are two examples of how these ‘sinking cities’ are planning for sustainable…

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