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London ‘beach’ at Southwark

London is not normally associated with having a beach, although there are several historic photographs of kids playing by the banks of the Thames. When walking along the South Bank when the tide was out, I observed how distinctive it was, as an attractive sunspot, but with few venturing onto the sand. The cast of […]

GIA Design Competition Kilcreggan

I was invited to be a judge on the Kilcreggan Design competition, set for the village of Kilcreggan on the Rosneath Peninsula by the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA). I visited the day a great many architects, old and young, local and from further afield, came to talk with the locals. They explored lots of […]

Future Glasgow: City Vision consultation

We undertook a series of consultation events across the city as part of our engagement commission on the Future Glasgow project – a 50 year visioning process, promoted by the Leader, and reaching nearly 3,000 people. We consulted business, civic groups, community councillors, schoolchildren, politicians and many others. Here we are working with Ice Cream […]

Richard McCarthy at the AoU

Richard McCarthy on localism

CLG Director Richard McCarthy spoke to the Academy of Urbanism end of year review, setting out some of the Coalition government’s thinking behind the Localism Bill that was announced at the beginning of the same week. Clearly not all the processes and criteria are fully thought through yet, with some elements to follow as national […]

Letter to the Editor of the Guardian

The feature on the Prince of Wales’ ‘big society’ role (Guardian 27 November) identified a set of opportunities, as well as risks, in the way a participatory democracy might take planning and design issues forward. There is clearly a need for more local participation and arguably less top-down direction from Whitehall, especially on matters of […]

Academy Awards for Urbanism 2010

The Academy Awards passed for another year, with all the finalists celebrating their achievements in making better places at a lunch in Westminster’s Church House. Finalists at all levels had demonstrated considerable achievement, often implemented over several decades, with the three in the City category explaining their back story at a seminar on the preceding […]