The Exeter City Futures challenge fund approach to making the Exeter area congestion-free is not for the faint-hearted. Exeter City Futures (ECF) is a community interest company with a mission to make Exeter and the surrounding area sustainable for the future. Their first goals are to make the area congestion-free and energy-independent by 2025. Not … More Up for a transport challenge?
I didn’t pick it up at the time, but a recent Exeter City Council report reminds its readers that the Council won a national award earlier in the year for its Renewables and Energy Efficiency Programme. The Local Government Chronicle’s Environment Award was won by the Council for an “ambitious programme of projects to achieve … More Small but significant: Exeter City Council’s energy measures
In a previous post I suggested that our mobility patterns – driven by past and current spatial and transport policies – were contributing significantly to a range of environmental and social problems. I questioned whether incremental changes based on current transport models would deliver the radical changes needed if Exeter were to become a clean, … More We need new approaches to mobility, now
In my post on the Compact City, I noted the different choices made by Freiburg and Exeter in their approaches to balancing the need to provide new homes against the need to protect the natural environment. To illustrate how these choices played out in practice, what follows is a brief study of how the two … More A Tale of Two …urban extensions
Freiburg’s experience of becoming a green, sustainable city owes much to its governance and political continuity. What is being achieved there has been distilled into 12 principles, developed by the City of Freiburg and the Academy of Urbanism. Published in 2012, it is known as the Freiburg Charter, and I reproduce it below. There is … More The Freiburg Charter
How Freiburg does it, Part 2 We tend to like compact cities. Why? Is it because compact is the antithesis of urban sprawl, which has negative connotations. So negative in fact that fighting it was one of the original aims of the Council for the Preservation for Rural England , formed 90 years ago, subsequently … More The Compact City
Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany It’s difficult not to feel a bit of an alien when even the regional paper, the Badische Zeitung, runs an article pointing out that England has exited both the Euro football competition as well as the EU. On the plus side, everyone I’ve dealt with has responded in German, not English, to my … More How Freiburg does it – Part 1