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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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It’s Time to Build a Nation of Citizen Urbanists

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In this month’s blog, Joel Mills, Senior Director at the American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design, argues that, in response to the pandemic, a broad and democratic base of citizen urbanists is required to co-create sustainable cities for the future: In response to the pandemic, professional circles are abuzz with…

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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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Community Planning Pioneer John Thompson receives Urban Design Group (UDG) Lifetime Achievement Award

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John Thompson, has been presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the UDG National Urban Design Awards 2019. The award follows John receiving an American Institute of Architects AIA Presidential Citation in February this year, affirming his contribution to the architectural profession and his unique standing in the fields…

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Auroville: A Way Forward Charrette

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“An open and collaborative spirit prevailed during the workshops.  People commented that new voices were being heard.” Auroville was founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa, the Mother, outside Pondicherry, Southern India as a universal town where men and women of all countries could live in peace and…

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