Life and Style Only 3.4 per cent of the Solihull area is covered by housing

It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?

Obituary:Dame Jane Drew

Jane Drew was one of Britain's most distinguished and best-loved architects. Over a long and rich career she constructed a number of important buildings that are justly admired for their blend of innovative design and harmony with their environment.

Planning without sacred cows

David Walker calls for an intellectual vision for land, housing and transport

Home alone trend is a nightmare for urban planners

Housing future: This sceptred isle is getting very crowded. Can room be made for 4.4 million more households?

The Byzantine oddity in stylish world of its own

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Pearls of wisdom or wasted words?

The commission produces many leaflets and brochures. Claire Allfree examines some typical examples

Obituary: Piet Hein

Piet Hein did not exactly have an ordinary Danish name - his forebears on his father's side were in fact Dutch - and nor could it be said of him that he was exactly an ordinary Dane: he is talked of as a poet and inventor, something of a philosopher, something of an artist - a pupil of the Swedish cartoonist Albert Engstrom on the one hand and of the Danish atomic physicist Niels Bohr on the other.

OBITUARY: Henry Parris

Henry Parris's career was remarkable for both the depth and breadth of his scholarship. He was the author of three major works which mark him out as a first-class administrative historian, and an authority on constitutional bureaucracy.

OBITUARY: Professor Gordon Cherry

Gordon Cherry was a leading figure in the scholarly study of town planning. He made a significant and lasting contribution to the evolution of planning both as an academic discipline and as an area of public policy which has profound effects on people and the environment.

Setting up shop in the spare room

In the second of a five-part series, Sharon Maxwell Magnus provides some tips on working from home

CASE SUMMARIES v 19 February 1996

The following notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

Plan me a city where politicians and poets can talk dangerously The passing of a poet, and the crucible of our ideas

NORMAN MacCaig, the poet, died last week. The discourtesy is unlike him. There was an unspoken hope around that he had given way to entreaties and - after a long, ironic gaze at the petitioners - agreed to live for ever.

Obituary: Professor Sir Robert Grieve

Tam Dalyell [obituaries, 30 October] makes only passing reference to Bob Grieve's tenure of the Chair of Town and Regional Planning at Glasgow University, writes Tim Cordy. Perhaps, on behalf of his many students, I might amplify.

Letter: Open planning

From Mr Jed Griffiths

LETTER : It may be ugly, but it's part of our heritage

From Mr David Morton

Obituary: Sir James Jones

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