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Designing a one planet settlement – for architecture students

Architect Mark Waghorn have just finished helping out with a 2nd year architecture students’ project about designing a one planet settlement on the edge of a real town, for the School of Architecture students at Swansea’s branch of the University… Continue Reading →

What is one planet development?

Something special is happening in Wales. The country is using legislation to shift itself into a very different direction from England. The Welsh Government has said that it wants to be more sustainable, by reducing its ‘ecological footprint’ to a… Continue Reading →

How to build a garden city

An ambitious new book is a thorough attempt both to tell the history of the garden city movement in Britain and to provide guidance on planning and creating such a city now. While it is extremely useful, it does largely… Continue Reading →

Feeding future cities within the limits to growth

By the end of the century there will be about 11.2 billion human beings on the planet, around 70-80% of whom may well be living in cities. How will we feed them without destroying our life-support system? What should be… Continue Reading →

Towards ‘One Planet’ cities

At an excellent symposium on 2nd August 2017 at Imperial College, London on future cities – I gave a presentation about moving towards ‘One Planet’ Cities, how Wales is moving towards this idea, the need for measurement and the need to… Continue Reading →

Harmony in Food and Farming – blueprint for a revolution

A review of the Harmony in Food and Farming conference on 10-11 July 2017 in Llandovery College, Wales. Agriculture is responsible for 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We need to feed a growing population a better diet, more sustainably…. Continue Reading →

A ‘One Planet’ neighbourhood in Wales

A pioneering study has begun in a part of Wales, UK, aimed at pointing the way towards ‘One Planet’ neighbourhoods. One of the instigators is ‘The One Planet Life’ author David Thorpe, in his capacity as an Administrator of Calon… Continue Reading →

What is the carrying capacity of the Earth?

The carrying capacity of the earth is measured by its ecological footprint. This tells us how much area of biologically productive land and water an individual, population, or activity requires to produce all the resources it consumes and to absorb… Continue Reading →

What is One Planet Development in Wales?

Above: the One Planet Council 2015 annual gathering The Welsh Government has a unique policy to support One Planet Development. Here is how it works: Through Technical Advice Note 6 (TAN 6) and Planning Policy Wales (PPW) it sets out… Continue Reading →

The 23 One Planet Developments in Wales

By Stefan Cartwright. There have been 23 planning applications that have been passed under Wales’ ‘One Planet’ Development Policy since its inception in 2010. As of 22 November 2016 there were ten approved applications, comprising thirteen individual OPDs. In addition there are nine ‘One… Continue Reading →

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