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Ideas for Devizes #1 – Main Street USA

Rather than trying to produce long screeds that no-one reads, this is the first of a series of posts that will point to examples of good practice that could be adapted for Devizes. From the web site. “Over the past

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Posted in Community, Design, Economy, Town Centre

We still need planning

There is a tendency to blame ‘the planners’ for everything that goes wrong, from dog mess to lack of public toilets to the failure to provide a full size Marks and Spencer’s store in town (I’ve come across all of

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Posted in Community, Design, Housing

Shanty towns, planned towns and ‘core housing’.

In a previous post I looked briefly at the idea of ‘Affordable Housing’ and some of the problems I saw with current policies to secure its provision. I now want to look at how low cost housing is provided in

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Posted in Design, Housing

Devizes Green and traffic

This video from YouTube shows a shared space scheme implemented in Poynton, Cheshire. Visually and environmentally the transformation is incredible. Having shared the video in the Devizes Futures and Cycle Devizes groups on Facebook I began to think about how

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Large scale or small scale?

Large Lump development is based on the idea of replacement. Piecemeal growth is based on the idea of repair. Since replacement means consumption of resources it is easier to see that piecemeal growth is the sounder of the two from

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Posted in Community, Design

Quote of the day–tradition

Tradition is what you make it. That is, most traditions were someone’s bright idea which was successful enough to persist long enough for people to forget that it was once someone’s bright idea. Stuart Brand, How Buildings Learn

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Let us build forever

When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone. Let it be for such work as our descendants will thank us for. John Ruskin, Seven Lamps of

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