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Urban Design Week kicks off with community manifesto

The Urban Design Alliance (UDAL) has revealed a five-point Manifesto for Better Communities, to mark the start of Urban Design Week.

The document, launched by UDAL chair Tim Gale, says a 'true urban renaissance' can be achieved if improvements are made in five key areas.

These are identified as: fostering a sense of community; ensuring citizens feel safe; making drastic improvements in the provision of public transport; improving green spaces and parkland; and the development of better and more affordable homes. The UDAL intends to take this manifesto to leading figures in government and industry to encourage them to sign the document.

Other events this week included a heavily oversubscribed lecture by Danish urban design guru and architect Professor Jan Gehl of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts on Tuesday at the RICS.

Further events include Placecheck Day on Sunday, supported by the ODPM, which aims to encourage communities to highlight practical problems with their urban environment.

Many of this week's activities focus on the government's Urban Summit at the end of October.

The UDAL is determined its agenda for urban regeneration should win high-profile backing at the event. For details of events, visit www. udal. org. uk

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