1st Edition

The British Papers
Current Thinking on Sustainable City Design

ISBN 9781859466032
Published June 29, 2019 by RIBA Publishing
88 Pages

USD $26.95

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Book Description

The British Papers is a collection of invited essays and opinions from architectural and urban –design leaders, as a snapshot of current thinking and approaches to sustainable city-making.

This series of essays, compiled and edited by Angela Brady, brings together the thoughts of leading figures in the industry – such as Richard Rogers, Sir Terry Farrell, and Judit Kimpian to name but a few – to share their particular viewpoints about latest design thinking. This wide ranging collection of essays covers everything from Historic England (English Heritage) Carol Pyrah, promoting regeneration via constructive conservation to the Academy of Urbanism Steven Bee, discussing how our history, culture and identity anchor us in place and time. Our top universities – the LSE, Manchester and Birmingham among others – are key to shaping our city-design thinking and creative architects and engineers pave the way with their innovative ideas and projects – and this collection of essays is a testament to their hard work, creativity and ingenuity.

Table of Contents

PPRIBA  An Integrated Planning and Design Strategy for Urbanising City Regions in China and Asia

Professor Peter Head and Professor Laura Lee 

The Electric City

Professor Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode  

London: The Compact City

Richard Rogers KBE 

High-Speed Stations: A Catalyst for Economic Growth

Sir Terry Farrell 

Public Transport TFL Sustainable Urban Design: Public Versus Private Transport

Robin Buckle 

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles

Kathryn Firth 

Sustainable Urban Design and UK Specialism

Thomas Bender 

Constructive Conservation: English Heritage’s Approach

Carol Pyrah

History, Culture and Identity

Steven Bee 

What Is Green Design?

Dr Ken Yeang 

Prototyping Innovation and New Systems for Sustainable Architecture

Bill Dunster OBE 

Sustainable Urban Design

Chris Wilkinson OBE 

Towards a Low-Carbon Design for the Middle East

Nigel Eckersall 

Does the Manic Pace of Construction Leave Enough Time and Space for Critical Thinking?

Angela Brady

PPRIBA  Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing the Productive City

Andre Viljoen and Professor Katrin Bohn 

Urban Vegetation and UrbanAir Quality

Professor A. R. MacKenzie 

The Cooling Effects of Trees

Professor Roland Ennos 

The Trees and Design Action Group

Sue James 

Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change

Professor Susan Roaf 

Education, Research and Development

Professor Alan Penn 

Evaluating the Energy Performance of Your Property

Dr Judit Kimpian 

Creating Sustainable Communities: Process, Place, People

Charles Campion 

Protecting the Uniqueness of Each City

David Twohig and Robert Tincknell 

New City: Old City A Design Process Locked into Context, Community and Climate

Roddy Langmuir 

The Living City: The Role of Technology in Planning, Design and Constructing More Sustainable Cities

Andrew Comer 

Low Carbon and Cities: The Future

Simon Sturgis 

How to Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century

Justin Bere 

A New Kind of Suburbia

Neil Deely 

Wilderness City

Bryan Avery 

So Watt About China: The Power of 7 Billion Watts. (What’s...? What, Me?)

David Hampton 

City of Shallow Hollows

Owen O’Carroll 

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Angela Brady is a Director at award winning private practice Brady Mallalieu Architects Ltd, with Robin Mallalieu. Angela was elected President of Royal Institute of British Architects (2011-2013). She reaches a wide public audience as a professional TV broadcaster, promoting Architecture on TV and Radio, along with published articles in books, magazines and blogs as well as running design workshops in schools and galleries as a STEMnet ambassador.


‘The compact city is the only sustainable way of housing a growing urban population. This means creating well-designed neighbourhoods with a live-work mix, and housing affordable to rich and poor, connecting them with walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure, and making public space that is open for all. Allowing sprawl not only destroys valuable natural resources, but also robs cities of the vitality, and potential for meeting friends and strangers, that is the bedrock of civilised society. It is exciting to see the breadth of architectural and design thinking in this collection of essays. I hope it will be widely read, not just by architects and planners, but by the politicians who lead our cities.’ - Richard Rogers KBE

‘It’s good to have a collection of essays with viewpoints from many different backgrounds. Sustainable city making is a collective endeavour and requires industry, government and communities to come together and shape a vision of the future. In the Farrell Review of architecture and the built environment, I made the point that more collaborative and proactive planning is needed to create resilient and adaptive communities. There are many lessons to be learned from these papers about quality design and placemaking.’ - Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells

‘The debate on the future of cities is intrinsically linked to the future of mankind. This collection of essays provides an important overview of the profoundly significant role that the form of the city and the design of buildings play in creating social and environmentally balanced eco-systems.’- Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies, Director, LSE Cities and Urban Age

‘The strength of great places derives from their diversity. This collection of perspectives is similarly diverse. It offers fresh insights that I hope will stimulate further reflection and action to help shape and sustain better places. The Academy of Urbanism promotes better understanding of successful urbanism through learning from place, and celebrates its essential components – Space, Place, Life – through its Annual Urbanism Awards. These papers reflect a similar enthusiasm for and commitment to better places.' - Steven Bee, Chairman, Academy of Urbanism and Principal, Steven Bee Urban Counsel