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The planning system

In urban planning and when developing public spaces, you work within a series of interrelated frameworks. These are spanning from international agreements and policies, to national and local legislation, policy, …

Cold climate example: Kiruna, Sweden

Kiruna is a mining town located in northernmost Sweden. The town was founded 1900, by the initiative of the mining company LKAB, to enable mining the rich iron or deposits …

Bioclimatic urbanism

All over the world, the form of the built environment plays a key role as an enabler or inhibitor of urban outdoor activities such as walking or biking. The public …

Micro-climate factors in cold climate urban design

Designing urban spaces that provide outdoor comfort is an important but challenging goal. An approach to urban design that is sensitive to climatic conditions is essential, but this requires effective …

Cultural heritage and heritagisation

Cultural heritage is an intrinsic part of urban destinations. Sometimes the cultural heritage is widely recognised, such as the World Heritage Sites, or national monuments and sites that are protected …

Attractiveness in urban design

The term “attractiveness” is used widely in urban planning and design. However, what is the term intended to mean? How is the term understood in local contexts? And, how is …

Compact city policy

Higher density or ‘compact cities’ are promoted in Town Planning as they are seen to help deliver sustainable development. The arguments for compact cities are diverse and can be summarised …

Urban design research

Dr David Chapman presents an overview of important research agendas for Urban Design and Placemaking.

Climate change impact on urban design

Global warming was first discussed in the 1930s, and is attributed to human activity by most researchers. In brief, climate change is caused by the emission of pollutants known as …

Sustainable development

The concept of ‘sustainable development’ was introduced in 1987 through the report Our Common Future, which was written on commission of the United Nations (UN). The UN’s conference on environment …