Abstracts: October 4th, 2001

Too many housing estates are designed for nowhere but are found everywhere. They fail to sustain local services, they waste land and they promote dependency on the car. They easily end up being soulless and dispiriting. This guide sets out principles of good urban design, and how they may be applied. It looks at real places across the country and the attributes of successful housing. By focusing on the principles and approaches which underpin successful housing, the guide aims to stimulate greater flair and imagination in the design and layouts of new residential developments.Prepared by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in partnership with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Priced 19 pounds .95p. Published by Thomas Telford Ltd, Customer Services Department, Units I/K, Paddock Wood Distribution Centre, Tonbridge, Kent TN 12 6UU