Tag Archives: Planning

Weekend Bookshelf – Reduce and Recycle, and Glittering Comfort

The Weekend Bookshelf With an impending house move comes a reassessment of everything I have accumulated.  So with recycling day on Tuesday next week, my first edit is paper based.  As a researcher and writer, establishing a substantial personal library is the perfect excuse for collecting masses of irrelevant documents ‘just in case’! Outdated editions […]

Battle of the Cities, and Melbourne Wins Again

The Economist Intelligence Unit has awarded Melbourne the title of “most liveable city” for the third time.  Of the 140 cities surveyed four of the top ten are Australian and the rest are the usual suspects, a mix of cities from Canada, Finland and New Zealand. TOP 10 Melbourne, Australia Vienna, Austria Vancouver, Canada Toronto, […]

Testing Shared Space in Poynton

The final nominee in the Academy of Urbanism‘s Great Street category is Park Lane in Poynton.  Located on the the busy A523 between Macclesfield and Stockport, it was Poynton Town Council’s adoption of a radical approach to dealing with this problem that resulted in it being short listed. Rejecting calls for a bypass, pedestrianisation or speed […]

Unbuilt Britain Part II – A Review

With the inevitable rain closing in on this bank holiday weekend, some of the best distractions will be on BBC iPlayer, including Unbuilt Britain. Beyond my previously declared fascination with the unbuilt, the second installment of Olivia Horsfall Turner’s Unbuilt Britain was as compelling as the first.   This episode ‘Making Connections’ focused on the plans […]

Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain – A Review

Architectural history is littered with grand plans and ambitious proposals that have never seen their delivery.  From funding issues and short-sighted bureaucrats to misplaced social concepts and technologies beyond their time, there are numerous obstacles that have defeated them.  During my undergraduate architecture education I was fascinated by unbuilt structures, the ambition that lay behind […]

A Not So Short Trip to Sydney

On Boxing Day, after a week of wondering whether any flights would leave and a couple of months allaying concerns regarding engines falling off, I boarded an A380 headed to Sydney. I’m pleased to say that the engines remained attached! I’d spent several years living in Sydney before returning to the UK four and a […]