John Punter

John Punter
Cardiff University | CU · School of Geography and Planning

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Publications (46)
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The Design Commission for Wales was established by the Welsh Government in 2002 to champion high standards of design and sustainability in Wales, and to promote social inclusion. It introduced its Design Review Service in 2003 to promote good design in the full range of development proposals, and has a large multi-disciplinary team of professionals...
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This paper examines 'Vancouverism' and its recent reproduction at CityPlace on Toronto's Railway Lands. The developers, Concord Pacific, were centrally involved in producing 'Vancouverism' in the 1990s and 2000s. This study examines the design quality of CityPlace and explores the differences between the planning cultures in Vancouver and Toronto....
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Design review is widely practised in the UK, USA and many European cities as a means to raise design quality by providing those responsible for issuing development permissions, with independent design advice. This chapter shows how the practice of design review in the UK has grown significantly recent years. It argues that when well-practised, desi...
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This paper reviews the urban design dimension of the English urban renaissance of the last decade. It focuses on the recommendations made in the Urban Task Force report in 1999, largely adopted by the New Labour Government, and follows through its implementation in planning, housing and regeneration practice to evaluate the design outcomes thus far...
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This paper assesses the impact of the recession on the delivery of design quality in England and Wales. It does so against the background of numerous positive policy developments as regards planning and design over the past decade, but the rather uneven delivery of better design outcomes. The focus is principally on housing development as the devel...
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Taking its cue from recent government advice on design, and referring back to previously published work on the history of design control, this paper reviews the state of urban design in contemporary planning practice in England. It focuses primarily upon more recent development since 1985 through the Conservatives' Quality Initiatives, New Labour's...
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This article reflects on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise conducted in the UK for Town and Country Planning and closely associated disciplines. It explains the pattern of submissions from different UK universities, and the organisational structure, guiding principles and working methods. It explains how the quality criteria were interpreted an...
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Design-led regeneration has been promoted in the UK since 1999 with varying degrees of success, and it is an increasingly important tool in the drive for greater urban competitiveness, at least in local government rhetoric. This paper focuses on experience in Cardiff, the Capital of Wales, and in particular the regeneration of Cardiff Bay over the...
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This paper develops and discusses some 12 principles for best practice design review internationally. It seeks to embed these principles in plan making, design policy and guideline formulation and development control in planning systems at various stages of development. The principles are derived from critiques of review practices in the USA and We...
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This paper analyses the nature of English design awards for housing and considers the relationship between their differing characteristics and forms of patronage or participation in them. The results are based on research into six awards running in England and interviews with developers, architects, planners and, where appropriate, social housing p...
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This paper explores the laissez faire and discretionary traditions adopted for development control in Central Sydney over the last half century. It focuses upon the design dimension of control, and the transition from a largely design agnostic system up until 1988, to the serious pursuit of design excellence by 2000. Six eras of design/development...
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This paper explores the history of design regulation and intervention in the City of Sydney (the CDB of Sydney for the purposes of this paper) and its recent remarkable shift from design agnosticism to the pursuit of design excellence. It reviews the distinctive history of development regulation in the city since 1912 and explores the interplay bet...
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The Western Australian liveable Neighbourhoods Desgn Code is an ambitious and internally acclaimed initiative to introduce sustainable neighbourhood design principles into the design of new suburban subdivisions. This paper explores the issues surrounding its implementation over the period 1998-2002, examining the debates and further research under...
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Aims: • to review the principal awards presented in the housing design field in the UK and provide an assessment of each scheme’s aims and objectives, format and structure, intended audience, perceived status and influence within the house development sector; • to assess the views of housing developers and professionals including architects and pla...
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There is growing international interest in using expert design panels to increase the level of expertise employed in the design review process. The Vancouver Urban Design Panel has operated since 1973 as a key component of the city's discretionary planning system, injecting cross-professional design advice into the city's complex, guideline-based p...
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This paper examines Vancouver's system of urban design as public policy utilizing 12 principles derived from critiques of design review in the USA. These principles include community vision; the relationship of design, planning and zoning; substantive design principles; and due process in review. Vancouver's city-wide plan, neighbourhood visions an...
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Design is a critical area in development control practice, and design appeals constitute a particularly important set of control cases. This is especially true in Britain where developers make much more use of the appeal system than elsewhere, and where central government utilises appeals to control local planning practice. This paper examines tren...
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This paper examines the role of all forms of policy and guidance in design appeals in England during 1994 and 1995. It utilises the Inspectorate's decision letters to explore the influence of central government advice, structure and local plan policies and supplementary design guidance on local plan policies and appeal decisions. Adopted developmen...
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This paper examines the differential design appeal records of English local planning authorities over 1994 and 1995. It generates a series of hypotheses to explain appeal incidence and dismissal rates, and tests these with aggregate appeals data. Then, using disaggregated data and interviews with planning officers, it explores the various factors w...
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This paper examines the design policy content of district-wide development plans that have emerged in England since 1991, and makes a comprehensive set of recommendations for their improvement. It reviews current research, examines the general approach to, and organisation of, policies, their basis in appraisal and public consultation, and the subs...
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This paper reviews the nature of landscape policies pertaining to the design of urban development in the post 1992 generation of English development plans. It examines the landscape concepts which underpin policy and concludes that these are essentially concerned with landscaping as a cosmetic activity, an afterthought in the design process. Recomm...
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This paper explores the content of urban design policies in the new generation of English local development plans, and makes some prescriptions for policy development. Drawing on and developing the theoretical discussion in a previous paper it takes five dimensions of urban design- district-wide strategies, public perception issues, townscape consi...
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This is the first of a pair of papers that seek to find a clear and up-to-date conception of urban design that can provide a practical framework for the development of design policies. The new generation of English development plans require district-wide design policies, and most local planning authorities have no experience in writing these, so th...
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This paper reviews design control experience and developments in five major west coast cities in the USA—Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Irvine and San Diego. It seeks to establish whether there are lessons for British practice. After briefly exploring the differences in the planning systems and the problems of comparison it attempts to explore a...
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In this paper the impact of central-government policy on development-control practice in Bristol in the 1980s is examined. Through an examination of a local campaign by development interests against control practice, the ways control practice changed during the period is revealed and the criticisms made in local campaigns against the planning autho...
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Dockland regeneration in Britain has become largely the responsibility of centrally-controlled Development Corporations. But Bristol provides an example of where a local authority has initiated and managed regeneration, at least until 1988 when the eastern end of the docks was included in the Bristol Development Corporation area. Bristol's experien...
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The author examines the quality of the built environment and urban design. Much debate has been about the question of architectural style. However, the author suggests that this has to be analysed in a wider context and he explores the nature of the property boom over the last decade and the new forms of development that have resulted. One of the m...
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The city centre of Bristol provides a microcosm of post‐war British experience with design control. Four eras of control are identified: the immediate post‐war redevelopment using the principles of segregation and open planning; the modernist era dominated by free‐flow road systems and tower blocks on pedestrian decks; the conservation era with its...
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The Prince of Wales has revived interest, through his TV programme and coffee table book, in the development of clearer principles of design control that are more comprehensible to the public, that can command their support, and that can be clearly articulated to prospective developers. The author also examines the design principles of several othe...
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… it is tempting to discuss this historical eclecticism, found not only in architecture, but in the arts, in film, in literature and in the mass culture of recent years, as the cultural equivalent of the neoconservative nostalgia for the good old days and as a manifest sign of the declining rate of creativity in late capitalism. But is this nostalg...
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This paper charts the campaigns for stronger aesthetic control in the 1950s and 1960s, and the development of conservation controls and the rediscovery of design guidance in the 1970s and 1980s. The criticisms of aesthetic control are examined in their context. The central principles of central government advice are critically assessed in the concl...
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This paper examines the practice of aesthetic control in town planning as it influences the development of large office buildings in a provincial English town. The practice of control is examined within the development process at large, and within the context of the particular historical, political and planning policy framework of the town of Readi...

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