Tornagrain and the New Scottish Urbanism

Proposals for a new settlement at Tornagrain are the subject of an outline planning application to Highland Council following a two year gestation period of analysis, charettes and plan making. The proposal, submitted by Moray Estates and designed by a team led by DPZ …

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Thank you Private Eye and Piloti: angry but wrong

It is said that you have really made it when you are mentioned in Private Eye. WMUD received that dubious honour in Private Eye No 1243, September 2009 with a credit in Nooks and Corners for some master planning work we allegedly carried out in the town of Nelson, Lancashire.

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Shrewsbury Vision: facilitating a shared future

Shrewsbury is a recognised Growth Point with plans for 6,000 new homes plus new economic infrastructure by 2026. The changed relationships arising from local government reorganisation – whereby Shrewsbury now falls under the administration of the single tier…

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Dunfermline Strategic Framework – a landscape for growth?

Commissioned by Fife Council, the context of the strategic framework study is the finalised Fife Structure Plan, which plans for Fife’s growth to 2026. A cornerstone of the Plan strategy is to accommodate much of Fife’s land requirements for housing and employment growth…

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Rotherham Waterways Strategy: conservation and quality of life

The Rotherham Waterways Strategy was commissioned and funded jointly by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Environment Agency who appointed a consultant team led by Yellow Book to carry out the study. The purpose of the study was to provide a framework for...

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Glasgow City Centre North: examining strategic choices

The study was commissioned by Glasgow City Council and carried out by a consultant team led by Yellow Book (lead), Kevin Murray Associates, WMUD, Ryden and Meg Clark Associates. The original brief called for an economic study of the Glasgow City Centre North area....

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Belfast Integrated Strategic Tourism Framework

Belfast has seen a phenomenal growth in tourism in the past decade and has moved to a position where it is in Tourism Ireland terms the number two destination in Ireland. The city has seen a range of accommodation developed over a short period and major attractions...

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Kensal Canalside: a potential EcoQuarter

This was a pre-feasibility study into the creation of a potential EcoQuarter at North Kensal commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in April 2008. It explored whether the Council’s current vision for the site – comprising placemaking regeneration, sustainability and …

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Spatial strategy and Finsbury Health Centre

In a Guardian article this week, French journalist Jacques Monin came to the conclusion that Britain is obsessed with money, drowning in debt and morally bankrupt. Also this week, as if to supply further evidence for Monsieur Monin, Islington Primary Care Trust voted...

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Retaining local distinctiveness: an elusive concept

Local distinctiveness has been described as an elusive concept which encompasses the unique physical, social and economic characteristics of a place and the interaction of people with those characteristics. There is increasing concern that the homogenising effect of the property …

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South Belfast Strategic Regeneration Framework

A team led by Hyder Consulting was appointed by the South Belfast Partnership (SBP) to undertake the development of a Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) for South Belfast. The Hyder Team included the following practices: Kevin McGovern - Strategy Development Colin...

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A banana republic welcomes Trump’s golf course

The Scottish Government’s approval yesterday of the Trump Organisation’s plans for Menie in Aberdeenshire is unsurprising and shameful – a banana republic welcomes Trump. Obviously this is a political decision in the face of compelling environmental, economic and planning reasons for refusing the application.

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Turriff Haughs Feasibility and Options Study

This report was commissioned by Turriff and District Ltd (TDL) from Yellow Book Ltd with WMUD. TDL is a private company with charitable status whose principal objective is to enhance the prosperity of Turriff and the surrounding area, by involving the community and lobbying the appropriate agencies.

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Lewis Mumford on the City in History

These short film clips featuring Lewis Mumford, author of the City in History, were recently published on the Planum website. (seem to have been relocated). Before the end of 1961 the New York publishing company Harcourt, Brace and Co. had the first edition of Lewis Mumford’s highly successful book

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Signs and the city: the work of Gregor Graf

The Spring 2008 edition of JoLA, the excellent peer-reviewed academic Journal of Landscape Architecture established by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools, contains an article on the work of Gregor Graf which raises the question, “How do we read a city without signs?”

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Network mapping: how networks can be mapped and analysed?

It has become fashionable to talk of networks of organisations, people, computers, transport and so on. In organisations there is talk of being more “networky” and getting away from the older more hierarchical ways of doing things. Conferences are organised around “networking” both formal and informal.

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Remarkable Rieselfeld: distinctively different

Much has been written in recent weeks about Rieselfeld and Vauban, both extensions of Freiburg in Breisgau in south west Germany. These areas have been under construction since the 1990s but the current interest in them from a UK perspective comes from the Government’s plans to build a number of …

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Eindhoven 2001- spontaneous landscapes

This is the first part of an atmospheric short film made by Wladimir Manshanden in 2001. It explores the city of Eindhoven mostly between dusk and dawn through its transport corridors, infrastructure, factories, construction sites, spontaneous landscapes, as-found objects and odd events.

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