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Shop responsibly, shop locally

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As non-essential shopping open across England, and citizens are urged to “shop responsibly” and “Shop for Britain!”, Charles Campion, author of 20/20 Visions, sets out the benefits of focussing spending in local high street shops & businesses. It is estimated many local households have saved £100s a month during lockdown…

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Alone Together

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Charles Campion reflects on how the power of community is being showcased during lockdown. This article was first published on the jtp.co.uk website on 22 April 2020. The success of humankind on this earth is to large extent a function of our ability to socialise and collaborate. We form communities…

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A Vision for Scarborough Charrette – 18 years on

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This month Nick Taylor, former Scarborough’s Renaissance Manager, now freelance consultant urbanist with Tanick Consultancy, considers the lasting legacy of the Vision for Scarborough Community Planning Weekend 2002 (one of the case studies in 20/20 Visions) which brought the town together to deliver a range of transformational projects. Scarborough has…

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Big Barnes Ponder Charrette – 7 years on

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February’s blog is by Emma Robinson, the Town Centre Manager for Barnes Community Association, who reflects on the Big Barnes Ponder 7 years on: “The process highlighted that the community is best placed to shape and direct its own destiny and that projects delivered with full community involvement are inevitably…

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The Liberties – 10 years on

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January’s blog is by Clare San Martin who revisited the Liberties, Dublin 10 years after leading the collaborative process to draw up of the Liberties Area Action Plan for Dublin City Council. The Liberties is an historic area of Dublin, famous as the home of the Guinness brewery.  Huge development…

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20/20 Visions author Charles Campion appointed to Glasgow Place Commission: considering how design can make a better Glasgow

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The Place Commission, led by Glasgow’s City Urbanist, Professor Brian Evans, held it’s first meeting on Wednesday 13 November 2019. The Place Commission for Glasgow can be seen as an ongoing conversation with the city’s communities, developers, designers and other partners to consider how the built environment can best respond…

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Glasgow Place Commission Launched

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Speaking on the final day of the Glasgow United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) conference on city living, Professor Brian Evans, Glasgow’s City Urbanist, has announced the setting up of the Place Commission. The Commission will be an ongoing collaborative conversation with Glasgow’s communities, developers, designers and other partners…

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Ian Harvey from Civic Voice announces ‘Community Planning Forum’ as part of campaign for a greater voice for communities in planning

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Ian Harvey, Executive Director at Civic Voice, has announced that the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies is establishing a ‘Community Planning Forum’ – an independent cross-party group to look at what a ‘meaningful voice for communities in the planning system should look like’. The forum will call on…

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National Charrette Institute discussed collaboration strategies at CNU 27.Louisville Conference

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The Congress for New Urbanism hosted their annual conference, CNU 27.Louisville, June 12-15, 2019, in Kentucky. On Thursday, June 13, National Charrette Institute’s (NCI) director Holly Madill participated in a panel session on “Working Toward Yes: Dealing with Divided Communities”. Participants were able to learn from the real-world experiences of…

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