Tuesday, July 26, 2011

UK national Planning policy

Policy documents are sometimes endless pages of small font lettering that may dilutes the big visions it rest upon. they have thousand details that touches on every aspect of the planning enviroment and may reduce its liveliness into endless points to be matched for both reviewers and consultants .This forward by Greg Clark, the newly appointed cities minister in the UK, gives a simple yet highly sophisticated perspective on why planning needs to simplify itself in order to become more in touch with who it serves- the neighborhood and the wider public and then make them his own ambassadors - 

Greg Clark's Foreword to National Planning Policy

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Urban Acupuncture - Jaime Lerner - Revitalizing Cities - Harvard Business Review

This post is part of a three-week series exploring the re-invention of the social infrastructure of cities, published in partnership with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.
How can cities be more vibrant, more vivacious? How can cities be "revitalized"?
First and foremost, what brings life to a city is its people — and the better the quality of life of the city, the better it will be for its citizens and the more livable and lively it will be.
Many cities are losing the battle against degradation and violence because they settled for the view that difficulties were too big and could only be dealt with after all planning instruments and financial resources were in place.

Urban Acupuncture - Jaime Lerner - Revitalizing Cities - Harvard Business Review