Terrain vague: place and landscape: Archaeology in Reverse

Terrain vague: place and landscape: Archaeology in Reverse

In an article in the Guardian on 8 December 2007, Robert Macfarlane described a walk around the perimeter of London's Olympic Games site with Iain Sinclair. The walk was to be in Sinclair's words, "...a complex transitional ecology of CGI imagery, doomed allotments and virtual arcadias."
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Gillespie Kidd and Coia: St Paul’s, Glenrothes 1956

Gillespie Kidd and Coia: St Paul’s, Glenrothes 1956

Gillespie Kidd and Coia The major retrospective exhibition of the work of Gillespie Kidd and Coia currently showing at the Lighthouse in Glasgow features two films on the approach of this distinguished architecture practice. This short video clip made available by...

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People and streets: new approaches to people vs cars

People and streets: new approaches to people vs cars

The introduction of shared spaces and the removal of traffic signs, formal traffic control and signal controlled junctions is gaining momentum in European towns and cities as part of a European Union supported initiative. Spiegel Online reported last week on the German town of Bohmte ...
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Planning and participation in 1950s Italy

Planning and participation in 1950s Italy

Courtesy of the excellent Planum online journal of urbanism, these fascinating short films are a reminder that consultation, participation, enabling and involvement are not at all new. The films were part of the town planning exhibition set up for the Tenth Milan Triennale in 1954 by Giancarlo De Carlo...
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The urban morphology of Keswick: animation

The urban morphology of Keswick: animation

This slideshow looks at the urban morphology of Keswick. There has been a settlement at Keswick since at least the 13th century, but the earliest recorded map that shows the town as a recognisable urban entity is dated 1787. Since then the town has been mapped at frequent intervals enabling ...
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Figures in the landscape: Sean Henry and Antony Gormley

Figures in the landscape: Sean Henry and Antony Gormley

Sean Henry's Couple is the latest large figurative artwork to appear in the landscape of the UK. Set in Newbiggin Bay in Northumberland as part of a major regeneration project for the town, it is likely to be a popular addition to the beautiful coastal landscape of...

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Two strategy animations: Kilsyth and Ravenscraig

Two strategy animations: Kilsyth and Ravenscraig

These are two strategy animations current work – the first is part of our work for North Lanarkshire Council on the Kelvin Valley Action Plan showing a landscape restructuring of the River Kelvin valley and Forth and Clyde Canal corridor. The second focuses on Ravenscraig showing ...
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John Betjeman goes to Hunstanton by train

John Betjeman goes to Hunstanton by train

This British Transport Film from the 1960s enlivened by John Betjeman takes a trip from King's Lynn through the wide, flat fields of Norfolk to Hunstanton and the sea. It sums up a quality of insight and commentary on towns and countryside which has all but disappeared. Betjeman's holistic ...
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Public realm strategies: Ashington, Renfrew and Dundee

Public realm strategies: Ashington, Renfrew and Dundee

A gallery featuring public realm strategies for Renfrew, Byres Road in Glasgow, Ashington in Northumberland and West Port, Dundee. At Renfrew, we were asked to develop proposals for Hairst Street and High Street which would bring about significant change in the town centre environment.
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The distinctiveness of Bolton: historical development animation

The distinctiveness of Bolton: historical development animation

This animation of the historical development of central Bolton was part of our study for Bolton Council in 2005 led by Kevin Murray Associates. The Local Distinctiveness Study provided the research baseline for Building Bolton, incorporating consultation, urban analysis and policy recommendations.
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Raymond Unwin and Gretna: the Art of Designing Cities and Suburbs

Raymond Unwin and Gretna: the Art of Designing Cities and Suburbs

Our current work on a masterplan for Gretna has brought us into contact with the work of Raymond Unwin. Unwin set out a plan for the development of Gretna early in World War I as a new settlement to house the considerable number of workers in the munitions factory that had been developed nearby ...
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The urban morphology of St Helier: an animation

The urban morphology of St Helier: an animation

This animation of the historical development of the beautiful Channel Islands town of St Helier and the character of the town was part of our study for the States of Jersey in 2005. The study was commissioned by the Planning and Environment Department of the States of Jersey and originated in the Island Plan...
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De-construction in London: the Cheese Grater cometh

De-construction in London: the Cheese Grater cometh

An amazing image from Gizmodo though the story is deeply boring and actually very disappointing. It is De-Construction in London. The original news item came from the Daily Mail which also shows the proposal for this site – a building nicknamed the Cheese Grater designed by RSHP....
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The high ground: recent flooding in the UK

The high ground: recent flooding in the UK

Looking at this remarkable image of recent flooding in England (courtesy BBC and Getty Images), it seems likely that those who built the church on the high ground and the surrounding buildings not only knew a little bit about the forces of nature but also had some very sensible ideas ...
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Design Awareness Training: Scottish Borders Council

Design Awareness Training: Scottish Borders Council

As part of the team led by Drew Mackie, we delivered a well attended two day introduction to urban design to an enthusiastic and well informed group of planners and roads engineers from Scottish Borders Council. The team also included Matt Lally from the Matrix Partnership.
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Ardrishaig Masterplan and Regeneration Strategy

Ardrishaig Masterplan and Regeneration Strategy

In association with lead consultant Roger Tym and Partners, we have been commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council to produce a Ardrishaig Masterplan and Regeneration Strategy which will provide a framework for the future development of Ardrishaig, highlighting the...

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Grange-over-Sands Regeneration Strategy

Grange-over-Sands Regeneration Strategy

We were commissioned by South Lakeland District Council to produce a Grange over Sands Regeneration Strategy for this striking resort town. The overall aim of the work was to improve Grange over Sands as a key service centre and to increase its attractiveness to the local...
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Gretna, Gretna Green and Springfield Masterplan

Gretna, Gretna Green and Springfield Masterplan

Gretna, Gretna Green and Springfield are affected by the decommissioning of Chapelcross nuclear power plant. The area is also affected by economic challenges common across the South of Scotland related to continuing population reduction and low levels of growth or...
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