Biodiversity by Design in Team Shortlisted to Masterplan New Garden City


We are delighted to announce that the Practice is part of a team led by the VEOLOCITY winning team of architects along with BBUK, The Landscape Partnership, Expedition Engineering and Thomas Matthews that has been shortlisted in an international contest to masterplan a 704ha Garden City-style development on the outskirts of Colchester Essex. The new development, of which around half will be dedicated to open green space, aims to provide a "sustainable 21st century garden community where people aspire to live, work and visit". The winning team is expected to be announced in January 2023. See more details in Architects' Journal:

Dr Lincoln Garland Discusses How Urbanisation Can Benefit Nature


Our Associate Director, Dr Lincoln Garland, has recently had his article 'They Didn't Pave "Paradise", They Ploughed It' published on The Nature of Cities website.

In it, he discusses how the biggest global threat to nature comes not from urbanisation but from the current unsustainable food production system. Instead, he argues, towns and cities can provide ample opportunities for increasing biodiversity with benefits for the environment and humanity.

See the article here:

Image (right): "Gardens by the Bay ... the face of Singapore's futuristic melding of city and nature" (Wood et al., 2021); Singapore is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. (Photo: Lincoln Garland)

Dr Lincoln Garland on Peregrine Falcons and Birdlife in Urban Environments


Associate director, Dr Lincoln Garland, has just had a new article published in the Spring/Summer 2022 edition of 'Peregrine' magazine.  In it, Lincoln discusses the abundance of birds and variety of species that can be found in urban environments such as along the River Avon in Bath.  This includes Peregrine Falcons nesting on the steeple of the city's St John the Evangelist Church.

'Peregrine' is the magazine of the Hawk and Owl Trust which is dedicated to conserving owls and birds of prey in the wild.

Mike Wells on Plants in Urban Design


Director Dr Mike Wells RDI just contributed a thought piece to an important round table in relation to how we procure and use plants in urban design. You can find his contribution along with that of several other experts from around the globe at the following link to The Nature of Cities website: