Academy of Urbanism

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 26 July 2017

Academy of UrbanismOn Wednesday 26th I was invited by the Academy of Urbanism to their mid-year Review and Reception where I met David Rudlin who is the Academy's new chair.
The Academy was set up approx. 12 years ago to "bring together the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners, engaged in the social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of our villages, towns and cities". As such the Academy's purpose is close to my own Presidential theme of Creating Better Places and it was agreed with David that we should seek to establish better collaboration between the Academy and CIHT, in the future.
July has shown me that not everything that my predecessor had warned me about is necessarily true! Steve had said to me that July is generally a quiet month; well, it has NOT been quiet. Nevertheless, I continue to enjoy every moment of it!


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Did you know…

Eddington is the University of Cambridge’s ‘’exemplary sustainable community’’ on the NW edge of the city. When fully developed by 2027, it will provide 3,000 homes and 2,000 student bedrooms.
The greenest aspect of Eddington is that car travel(and even owning a car) is strongly discouraged. Every new resident has a meeting with a travel planner who advises on alternatives to driving.
There is only one parking space for every four or five flats reserved for university staff, who will occupy half the 3,000 homes. Renting a parking space costs £85/month and only a handful of the first hundred residents have so far bought a car.
Even the luxury homes have no driveways and visitors arriving by car will have to pay for parking if they stay more than 90 minutes. A total of 12,000 bike spaces will be provided for a development of 8,500 residents.
Source: The Times, SEPT 2017