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Planning and Housing

For sale sign outside some council houses
by Sanya Naqvi Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan  |  12th April 2022

Sanya Naqvi, Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan trace housing policy initiatives since Thatcher, arguing that its legacy lives on in today’s housing crisis.…Read more

House in a field.
by Menelaos Gkartzios Nick Gallent and Mark Scott  |  9th March 2022

Menelaos Gkartzios, Nick Gallent and Mark Scott consider the importance of breaking away from the urban vs rural dichotomy in the context of planning. The rural is not a marginal backwater but a progressive place with its own challenges and opportunities.…Read more

Homeless man asleep in a doorway.

"In one of the richest countries in the world, there is no need for people to be homeless at all." Tim Wakeman outlines a solution to the UK's homelessness crisis. …Read more

City from above, part of the cover image for the book.
by Mark Pendras and Charles Williams  |  13th July 2021

Mark Pendras and Charles Williams consider what the COVID-19 effect will be on urban configurations, as health anxieties and working from home norms cause demographic shifts to secondary cities, compounding gentrification and displacement.…Read more

City lights reflecting onto water.
by Phil Allmendinger  |  16th June 2021

Phil Allmendinger reflects on the digital revolution’s effect on cities, warning us to look up from our smartphones and reengage with the ‘forgotten city’ – the parts that digital doesn’t touch.…Read more

City reflecting off a metal globe.
by Timothy J. Dixon and Mark Tewdwr-Jones  |  10th June 2021

Tim Dixon and Mark Tewdwr-Jones explain how crucial it is for cities to reimagine how people will want to live, work and play in urban environments in 2040 and beyond.…Read more

Tim Wakeman profiles some recent victories by Acorn Oxford, a syndicalist organisation fighting for tenants’ rights in one of the most expensive places to live in the UK, and argues that the Acorn model could be used on more or less any issue to bring change.…Read more

Photo of Oxford Circus
by Jonathan Reades and Martin Crookston  |  18th March 2021

Jonathan Reades and Martin Crookston, authors of 'Why Face-to-Face Still Matters', consider the long-term impact of COVID-19, artificial intelligence and IT on cities and urban life.…Read more

Flats covered in green vines
by Robin Hambleton  |  16th October 2020

Launching his new book ‘Cities and Communities beyond COVID-19’, Robin Hambleton calls for a harnessing of the response shown by local communities during the pandemic, in line with the theme of UN World Cities Day 2020.…Read more

Street lined with plants
by Michael Chang and Amy Outterside  |  4th September 2020

Michael Chang and Amy Outterside discuss positive health and wellbeing habits in light of the pandemic and how we can translate these habits into the built environment.…Read more