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Now this is what public space is all about...
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Small Houses, Living Large
In praise of the terrace house...
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Good design is all about details...
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Height and Density rethought in Paris
Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider have completed two metallic towers that are the tallest in Paris for 40 years
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The Art of Detailing
Here is a lovely example of detailing from the 1900 Grand Palais in Paris, where the doors have been double hinged to allow the open doors to fold back flush against the facade. Note the line of the frame has been carried through to the fanlight above.

Compare this to a more modern example, the lower exit doors from the Fondation Louis Vuitton by Gehry, which also show the same rhythm (two half lights flanking the doors) but the half lights are fixed and the doors themselves, (in fact all the doors on the building), are standard doors. Even on the curved facade, the doors are punched into the form, flat and regular. And yet the belle epoque apartments flanking the park in which is stands all have curved glass french doors... So, a call to architects out there to revive this forgotten art and follow through their forms in detail...
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London's population high: Top metropolis facts - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31056626
As London's population passes its previous 1939 peak of 8.6m, here are some top facts about the crowded capital.
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Creative Paving
Much has been written on how urban spaces with high quality materials are better used, more appreciated by users and are more valuable (in property prices and trade volume). Some cities have gone so far as to codify their material palette to support this - requiring a certain design down to the stone choice, pattern and widths. Yet there is a risk that cities 'blandify', and become the victims of this good basic design, as it becomes invisibly ubiquitous. Paris is one city struggling with this, with "Mme La Maire, J'ai Une Idee" being their latest programme to inject dynamism into the typically centrally planned city.

So, what can be done at a local level? Well here are some examples from London where paving treatments have been used to inject character and diversity, even dwell space, in the city. Chessboards in Southwark, Sitting spaces in the City. Good design - improving on a good base.
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The kind of culture we become not be of our own choosing... Another salutory lesson in the need to predict and provide. Specifically, to build low car cities to get sustainable travel to work.
Almost two-fifths of parents in Great Britain are put off letting their primary-age children walk to school by other parents' driving, suggests a survey.
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Could Paris be finally breaking with the 59s, only to make the mistakes of the 60s?

This article provides an interesting take on the new skyscrapers appearing in Paris. Perhaps the allure of the modern might not translate into profit, and at the same time compromise the advantages the city has to offer - especially with a 7% vacancy rate that makes tall buildings redundant.

Interestingly, London's strategy to date has been to corral height to clusters like Bishopsgate, Canary Wharf and (soon to be) Old Oak Common, around transport hubs. Other successful cities like Japan have similar density pockets around transport. Yet Paris either fails to understand, or ignores* these more modern approaches to tall buildings, in its attempt to catch up...

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*La Defence was an early attempt to corral height, and is often seen as a planning failure. For different reasons, sure (like inhuman scaled city blocks and walks), but nevertheless, all ideas it espouses are equally tainted, including tall building quarters.
Paris has traditionally eschewed tall buildings, but a new wave of architects are looking to change that.
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Towards a Low Car Architecture
Another of the side setbacks / garages along Southgate Road has been infilled, this time with a cycle shop and unit above. A great example of the low-tech way that neighbourhoods can increase density, introduce mixed use and encourage sustainable travel - without great re-engineering of the urban form.
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London's population hits 8.6m record high - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31082941
London's population tops 8.6m, the highest since its 1939 peak, the Greater London Authority reveals.
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Interestingly in London jaywalking is no longer enforced, have systems that take it into account on formal crossings.
In the 1920s, auto groups redefined who owned the city street.
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Public Realm thinking from the urban design consultancy formerly known as Cooper Hart - now known as Urbanism Consultancy Limited (UK)