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New urbanist Duany joins the BRE

American architect Andrés Duany, the man responsible for new urbanist town Seaside in Florida, featured in hit movie The Truman Show, has joined forces with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Duany, who is also working on a 5,000-home masterplan in Inverness, will work with the BRE to launch the dynamic masterplanning programme, which will help create more sustainable communities, with the first earmarked for Hertfordshire.

Working with the University of Hertfordshire, Duany will run a seven-day charrette that will create research material that could inform future masterplans in the area.

A spokesperson for the project said: ‘The charrette will be looking at the whole of Hertfordshire, and each day will be attended by people from different backgrounds.

‘One day will be attended by the general public, another by local planners, and another by local business leaders. It is purely an academic paper, but the results could inform future plans, 10 or 15 years down the line.’

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