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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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Scientists focus on urban wellbeing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30381476
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Walkable cities means mixed use and density. Not earth shattering but good to see it behind championed in a different way...
Mediaeval towns and Brazilian favelas could hold the secrets to better urban living and should be studied by architects and planners designing Britain’s new green cities, according to a leading environmental scientist.
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Did Toys Shape Your Career?
A little poll (now they have them) on what you played with as a kid, before becoming the designer superstar you now are. Is there a correlation???

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Lego
100%
Blocks
0%
Meccano (or similar)
0%
None of the above
0%
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In Praise of Six Storey Cities
Much is written about the difference in form between towers and street walls, active edges and mix of uses, the need for density and the challenges of form, but here is perhaps one of the more subtle differences between cities worth noting - the difference between cities below and above six storeys.

This area is beginning to get attention - Alex Morton's personal think-tank, the Policy Exchange has written a policy piece "Create Streets" addressed at bringing down form from high rise to under six. But this is purely done by a select survey of sixties and seventies failures - architectural criticism as policy - and ignores the successes from Tokyo to Paris.

Yet, yet, there is a difference, palpably, between those cities and cities like London.

The reason (perhaps) that London feels like a vast town, while Paris is a city, is the trees. London rarely gets above four storeys outside the City (or six in Westminster) other than the skyscraper districts (Canary Wharf, Bishopsgate etc), while Paris is uniformly 6 storeys or more.

Trees, specifically street trees like the London Plane, Zelkova, Birch and Ginko trees (to choose a few common species) grow to 20, 30, 18 and 15 metres respectively - approximately 6, 10, 6 and 5 storeys. In other words, in London, the tree crowns will mostly dominate the streetscape, giving the city a 'green' and natural feel, while in Paris the skyline is dominated by rooftops. Beautiful, certainly, but not green. A highly urban setting. The pattern repeats elsewhere - Tokyo, New York - buildings dominate. Sydney, Berlin - trees.
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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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Also showing that good design is not the same as good-looking design
Ikea's flat-pack refugee shelters have now been tested in Ethiopia and Iraq.
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Urban rail boost - the Tory Chancellor has just set up a 'Transport for the North' to boost productivity in the north of England, through a high speed rail link...
Plans for a high-speed rail link in the north of England dubbed "HS3" move a step closer after a report on how to maximise the benefits of HS2.
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How do you foster a night economy?
Transport, of course.
In a little under a year, key Tube lines will be going 24 hour on Fridays and weekends, alongside the existing night bus service. Already key councils like Westminster are looking at relaxing their policies on closing times, and the GLA have been working on longer Sunday trading hours. Late night trading, and clubbing, could be coming back to the heart of London.
Why, you ask, would these stalwarts of conservatism be supporting such a move? Well, its the economy, stupid - intensity of the CAZ makes good business sense. Volterra's report on the night economy for TfL (90993) estimates almost 2000 jobs and £360m will be contributed to the economy over 30 years - a benefit:cost of 3.9:1
By 2031, there will be 1.8 million more people living and working in the Capital. That's an extra Tube train full of people every three days. Discover our vision and how we plan to make the Tube fit for the future. This is our plan to help meet the extra demand and transform the service we offer ...
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Post showcasing Part One of National Film Board of Canada's short documentary on the history of the highrise.
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What makes a 24 hour city?
A young population, density and good nighttime transport. Makes sense really
Midnight matinée at the Globe AT HALF past three in the morning, Shoreditch is humming. Party people from Essex mingle with east London hipsters and local youths in...
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