Lessons from Minamisanriku: What does place mean to us?

Negotiating different personal and community associations with a building or place Minamisanriku is in many ways an idyllic setting, a […]

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Posted on May 7, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Introduction

When I asked a survivor of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Minamisanriku, Japan in June 2011 what we could […]

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Posted on May 6, 2015

Urban governance: do current models support our ambitions for great places?

This blog post was first published on the Future of Cities blog run by Foresight Projects, part of the Government […]

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Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Towards a more open dialogue around place

Recently many place organisations and institutions have met to discuss the desire for collective action and stewardship on place, prompted […]

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Posted on Sep 8, 2014

How can we learn something from every experience with place?

The irony of it. The day after returning from our debate in Edinburgh exploring the relationship between place and health […]

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Posted on Nov 4, 2013

£1 Homes – an initiative to applaud

It’s about time that we looked at more creative, small-scale interventions to improve neighbourhoods and bring our failing streets, towns […]

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Posted on Feb 27, 2013

The show’s over… let the legacy begin

Monday’s London parade marked the end of our Olympic summer.  I think that all said, we Brits are pretty pleased […]

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Posted on Sep 13, 2012

A crisis in housing and transport: what about placemaking?

Two news items caught my eye yesterday.  One was the much commented on statement of Housing Minister Grant Shapps, that […]

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Posted on Aug 21, 2012

The National Planning Policy Framework and Community Led Design

Yesterday, the final version of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was released. I would like to draw attention […]

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Posted on Mar 28, 2012

In Bruges: Belgian students present their plans for East London site

This week I paid a swift visit to Bruges, where I sat on a jury to assess 3rd year Applied […]

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Posted on Nov 11, 2011