Towards an Urban Renaissance: The Urban Task Force by The Urban Task Force

By The Urban Task Force

The city activity strength, headed via Lord Rogers, one of many UK's best architects, used to be verified by way of the dept of atmosphere, delivery and areas (DETR) to stimulate debate approximately our city surroundings and to spot methods of constructing city parts in direct reaction to people's wishes and aspirations. Their findings, conclusions and suggestions have been offered in a last report back to executive Ministers in summer time 1999 and shape the foundation of this significant new illustrated booklet.

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At the same time we must give priority to investment in public transport to the point where our public transport system becomes more efficient and cost effective than the car. This will mean a combination of more reliable, more attractive and quicker bus services, cheaper train travel, more innovative and safer forms of urban transport, and better service information across the board. In achieving design excellence, there is a need both to embrace innovation, and to work to protect and preserve the best of our past.

By tapping into people’s knowledge, expertise and experience on a wide range of local issues, this investment can provide better end results, while also saving time and money. The process of negotiation, mediation and joint learning can also help foster a sense of ownership and care within a neighbourhood which will reap dividends beyond the parameters of the immediate decision-making requirements. We hope that the Government’s modernisation agenda will go some way towards regaining confidence and public support for local government.

We must adopt the principle of sustainable development, which recognises the global environmental impacts of our urban settlements, and the implications both for current and future generations. We should operate on a strict basis of reducing the use of natural resources, and then recycling and re-using those resources wherever possible. Creating environmentally responsible cities means recognising the value of clean air, clean earth and clean water. This includes seeking to minimise air pollution from industrial and transport uses; avoiding the contamination of land and, where contamination does occur, investing in remediation.

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