April 22 2014

Farewell to The Grid, from James Foskett in Belfast, Ireland

April 22nd, 2014Posted by 

I never could have imagined how much I’d learn from Belfast, Ireland. Having only been here for three years, studying my undergraduate in architecture, Belfast has opened so much to me. Being able to report on what matters to the people of Belfast and Northern Ireland has shown how the public, not just professionals, play […]

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January 28 2014

Belfast Culture Night: A Benefit or a Burden?

January 28th, 2014Posted by 

Every year since 2009, Belfast has hosted Culture Night. Inspired by the success of similar events in other capitals such as Dublin and Copenhagen, Belfast hosts Culture Night every September allowing organisations, groups or individuals to host any cultural event within the Cathedral Quarter. While participation in the event is free, there is obviously a […]

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January 14 2014

The Covered River that Gave Belfast its Name

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Belfast is derived from the Irish Name of Béal Feirste meaning the mouth of the River Farset. Now, the River Farset is covered and contained in a pipe. Old drawings show it as bustling river which once was the heart of Belfast’s industrial development. The capital city of Northern Ireland was founded on a muddy ford […]

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December 31 2013

Space Standards Continue Shrinking in the United Kingdom

December 31st, 2013Posted by 

Recently, Governments within the United Kingdom have proposed a housing standards review considering the minimum space standards. First announced in 2010, the government stressed the need for an industry-led examination of housing standards. This topic was aroused by the shocking statistics of new homes that were being built at smaller sizes than the already existing homes. […]

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July 12 2013

Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I […]

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June 28 2013

The New Structure of Homelessness In Nottingham

June 28th, 2013Posted by 

A city is only as good as its people. And in these stringent economic times, this statement could not be true. Throughout history, those who fell on hard times created strategic and moralistic battles for their governing leaders. How exactly do you house the homeless, and how much is appropriate for budgeting their support? Nottingham […]

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June 14 2013

These Boots are Made for Walking, and so is This City: 4 Benefits of a Walkable City

June 14th, 2013Posted by 

“Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents […]

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May 17 2013

A Tough Decision Indeed: To Modernise, or Not to Modernise

May 17th, 2013Posted by 

We all have to make tough decisions. When it comes to city planning, there’s no tougher decision to make than the modernization or preservation of historic culture. European cities, like Berlin, have mustered up the courage to dismantle their historic gas-powered lamps in an attempt to reduce energy output for their modernization efforts. On the […]

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May 03 2013

A Midland’s Summer Dream: 5 Visions For Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground

May 3rd, 2013Posted by 

When you lead a nation in green space, what opportunities do you possess? How do those opprotunities impact small and emerging businesses, and the surrounding communities? At what point do you convert underutilized green space into a sprawling piece of revenue-producing land? In the United Kingdom, Nottingham currently boasts the Kingdom’s top green space ranking. […]

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April 19 2013

Urban Renewal Ideas: Bringing China To Nottingham, England

April 19th, 2013Posted by 

What is the greatest invention of mankind? While some could argue, from the internet to the plane, an even more convincing argument can be made for the city. The human urban city fosters what many urban planners work tediously to build today, known as the “live work play community.” The city accommodates health facilities, housing […]

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April 05 2013

Great Expectations: The Power of Empowering the Impoverished

April 5th, 2013Posted by 

When you think of tough neighbourhoods and burroughs like the Bronx in New York, or St Ann’s in Nottingham, you don’t necessarily equate them with energy efficient living. If you consider it living at all, it is most certainly not energy efficient living. However, it is in Nottingham England that city council has made an […]

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March 22 2013

ReThink, Reuse Series: The Power of Space

March 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Capacity utilization is a key term in business and an increasingly important term with regards to sustainability. The way in which cities utilise space is becoming a far more pressing issue in today’s world. The various ways space can be used inevitably forecasts a city’s future. In the United Kingdom, Nottingham leads the top twenty […]

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March 08 2013

Rethink-Reuse Series: The Recession’s Secret Garden

March 8th, 2013Posted by 

As a child in elementary school, you become subjected to such plays on words as rethink, reuse, and recycle. To you, as a child, it is fascinating and mind-numbing how the words work together. As the years fade though, so does the fascination with this play on words. Your once favorite buzz word recess has […]

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January 25 2013

The Intriguing Case Of Nottingham Tourism and Instagram

January 25th, 2013Posted by 

Cheap labour is good, but free labour is even better. With the emergence of ever evolving social media platforms, many of the world’s industries are formulating creatively inexpensive strategies for optimal gain. However, when it comes to the tourism industry, the utilisation of platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are either non existent or tepidly innovative. […]

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May 10 2012

Ashley Roberts: Moving on from Global Site Plans and The Grid

May 10th, 2012Posted by 

When the opportunity arose six months ago to blog for Global Site Plans, I jumped at the chance. At the time I had recently finished a Diploma in Architecture at a University in the United Kingdom and was brimming with enthusiasm and ideas about the world of architecture, but was desperately struggling to find a […]

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March 14 2012

Drought in England: Situations, Reasons, and Remediation Options

March 14th, 2012Posted by 

Once again, a drought warning has been issued for those same parts of England, where ground water levels are lower than any time since 1976. Secretary Caroline Spelman said that without significant rainfall between now and the commencement of summer, residential customers will face severe restrictions including a hosepipe ban. According to Environmental Protection Agency […]

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February 14 2012

Liverpool, England and the Destruction of Grace: Scaring its Own World Heritage Site

February 14th, 2012Posted by 

Something very strange is happening in Liverpool, England. In a remarkable piece of urban planning one of the most recognisable areas of the city has been changed forever by one piece of modern design. Is this beneficial to Liverpool, or has this attempt at contemporary architecture within a historically sensitive setting ruined a section of […]

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January 03 2012

The Code for Sustainable Homes in the United Kingdom: A Review

January 3rd, 2012Posted by 

The Code for Sustainable Homes is an environmental impact rating used in the United Kingdom to raise standards of house design. Essentially a tick box exercise, new developments are scored against a series of criteria, with the total points gained determining their rating, from the low scoring Level 1 to ‘zero-carbon’ Level 6. Since 2010, […]

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December 21 2011

Solar Industry In United Kingdom Put In Shade By Government’s U-Turn

December 21st, 2011Posted by 

The government’s 50% cut to feed-in tariffs (FITs) for domestic solar installations, announced this 31st of October 2011, has incurred the wrath of the solar industry in United Kingdom. The action focuses on the recent announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to cut the rate paid to householders with solar panels […]

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December 20 2011

Building Schools for the Future (BSF): Case Study of an Inner-City Academy in the United Kingdom

December 20th, 2011Posted by 

When the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative was introduced by the United Kingdom’s Labour government in 2004, it sounded like a very good idea. The basic principle of the £55 billion scheme was to rebuild every secondary school in England. Architects, engineers and urban planners were rubbing their hands with glee. BSF was […]

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