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journal of the building environment trustThe Building Environment Trust, the charity that runs the Building Centre in Store Street and provides education, information and inspiration about all aspects of the built environment through its very full programme of events, has published a magnificent looking journal, called BE:.

Wonderfully designed and illustrated, and completely free of ads, the journal is more of a coffee table book than it is a magazine. From real buildings and products to prototyped ideas, to inspiring drawings and wild imaginings … BE: assembles a productive crowd of people for you to meet and be inspired by.

Issue 1 includes:
– Exclusive William McDonough interview
– How to build with circular economy rules
– SuperMaterials
– Walter Stahel
– House study: made from rubbish
– Reimagining Ambridge
– Favourite food by Chris Wilkinson, Fuksas, Isay Weinfeld and many others…

You can buy a copy of the first issue, or subscribe to get the publication regularly, from the website here

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The latest issue of Planning in London magazine is out. London Society members can read an online copy below:

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pil100-january-2017-print-edPlanning in London, the journal of the London Planning and Development Forum, has reached its 100th edition. First published in 1992, it has grappled with the arguments, processes and nuances of the capital’s planning system for a quarter of a century, and still provides an interesting read for the professional and layman alike.

The current issue, which you can read online at this link, contains pieces by Nicholas Falk of URBED (the co author of the London Society’s recent white paper on west London), Simon Moody from the Environment Agency, and our very own Peter Murray.

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If your interest in London’s buildings and locations extends to maps, plans and views, you might like to join the London Topographical Society.  Founded in 1880 the Society is a registered charity which concentrates on publishing books and sheet material illustrating the history, growth and topography of London of all periods.

As a publishing society we do not organise meetings (apart from our AGM) or visits but focus our energies on attractive publications and our newsletter.

The annual subscription is £20 (reduced to £18 if paid by standing order) for which members receive the Society’s annual publication, a 20-page newsletter which is published twice a year and a 25% discount on past publications – as well as refreshments at our AGMs held in historically interesting buildings in central London, often not open to the public.  This year’s AGM was held in the splendid Great Hall at St. Bart’s Hospital.

Annual publications are varied, such as the 2016 publication “London Plotted: Plans of London Buildings c.1450-1720” by Dorian Gerhold, Hardback, 320pp, 22 x 30.5 cm (RRP £35) and last year’s which was “London Topographical Record, Vol XXXI”, a five-yearly collection of essays and illustrations contributing to the knowledge of London’s past (RRP £25).  The full list of publications can be found on the Society’s website at: www.londontopsoc.org/latest-publications

New members are always welcome.  If you’d like to join us please visit our website:  www.londontopsoc.org/home

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london-society-paper-3-1The London Society’s latest White Paper – “Re/Shaping London:Unlocking Sustainable Growth in West London and Beyond” sets out a radical agenda for change across England. It includes proposals for a new ‘Green Web’ to be introduced to replace the ‘Green Belt’. Exploring the scope for change in the west of the capital, suggesting that a West London ‘Green Web’ could alone accommodate 100,000 new homes (equivalent to four new towns!) and includes demands for a new Garden City at Northolt Airport, new suburban railway and suburban densification.

The report is available to read online or to download below.

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London Society members can read each issue of Planning in London magazine for free. The October-December issue is below.

Planning in London is the journal of the London Planning & Development Forum.

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London Society members can read each issue of Planning in London magazine for free. The July issue can be read online below, or you can download the pdf here.

Planning in London is the journal of the London Planning & Development Forum.

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by Ben Derbyshire

In its second White Paper, The London Society urges a Royal Commission be set up to explore options to devolve more powers to the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority to tackle the housing crisis, including forging greater co-operation across London and its neighbouring counties.

You can read the report on screen below, or to download the full PDF use the button below:
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A limited number of printed copies are available for £10 each (post free). Please click here to purchase (please allow 21 days for delivery)

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Arguing that the green belt’s “preservation myth” needs to be dispelled, this London Society report by Jonathan Manns suggests it’s time to re-evaluate the ‘politically toxic’ subject and that brave politicians should accept that new development will be required on some of London’s ‘Green Girdle’.

You can read the report on screen below, or to download the full PDF use the button below:
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