Colouring London

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The Create Streets team were delighted to recently attend the launch of the new Colouring London platform and support the fantastic work of Polly Hudson in partnership with University College London. Colouring London is a free website designed by University College London that collects, collates, visualises and allows people to download statistical data about every […]

Creating Communities 2019 – what, where, who and how?

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Yesterday Create Streets and Onward hosted the Creating Communities 2019 conference and U+I’s headquarters in central London. An incredibly broad range of people and perspectives gathered for a day of discussions, presentations and debate; the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government; the Chairman of Homes England; the Chief Planner; Tony Pidgley; landowners, […]

Happiness: a blueprint for the sustainable future

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Create Streets Fellow, Sofie Pringle, asks if user happiness can create a more successful neighbourhood. Creating the successful neighbourhood is important, especially in an increasingly urbanising environment. Happiness is a critical component of this. If we could distil the ‘happiness’ feeling that a person experiences in a given space, irrespective of the social activities and […]

Are you in heaven or are you in hell? Are towers good for you?

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Frothy coffees. Funky spaces. Great neighbours. Green rooves. Walking to everything. Watching the sun go down from your exclusive eyrie. To read the PR patter of a hundred sales brochures right now is to realise that high-rise heaven is round the corner and up the lift-shaft. We have learnt, proclaim sleek developers and confident architects, […]

Building Beauty

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Beauty remains a problem for many in design, something that is very difficult to talk about. We have heard esteemed colleagues saying they would not pronounce publicly the word “beauty” because that would damage their reputations as academics and scientists. The same could be said of the word “feeling”. Engaging with these basic, fundamental human […]