The hidden potential of urban horticulture 

A new study published in Nature Food Journal, investigates how we can sustainably integrate local food growing into the existing urban fabric. The issue is explored using a case study city to map green and grey infrastructure which has the potential to help expand the urban horticulture system. The study can be found here.

Making the Case for Green Infrastructure

Making the Case for Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Best Practice  
Published by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), this report provides case study insights into green infrastructure decision making. The report acts as a resource to help inform how projects can be approached and enable the creation of more and better-quality green space. The report can be found here.

Designs SuDs training

CIRIA is holding training events across the UK to help practitioners design and plan sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) schemes to a global standard. For more details, click here.

Swansea city centre residents to live on 'urban farm'

A futuristic "living" building which will be home to plants, vegetables, fish and people has been given the go-ahead by Swansea councillors. The Picton Yard scheme will transform the former city centre Woolworths store and Picton Lane to the rear. Greenhouses, terraces and rooftop gardens will sit above two floors of shops and offices and a tower at the rear will contain 44 flats, plus office and educational space lower down. The outdoor area at the rear, currently used for parking, will become a covered space for events such as cinema screenings and markets. Fish kept in tanks within the building will provide waste nutrients to feed the greenhouse vegetables and a complex system of pipes will transport rainwater around the development.

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Designs principles for National Infrastructure

The UK's first ever Design Principles for National Infrastructure, developed by the National Infrastructure Commission and Design Group, seeks to embed four key considerations into planning and delivery of infrastructure projects which includes climate, people, places and value. The principles can be read here.