Ruth Reed, director of Green Planning Studio, has just had her latest book launched. The book: “Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development” identifies key barriers to rural development, and how planning applicants (whether householders, developers and landowners), and most particularly their agents who make the applications (architects, landscape architects or planners) can address, and overcome, them.
The book focuses on the positive aesthetic role buildings can play in the landscape, and proposes sensitive development. Building in Arcadia also explores the essential economic, social and environmental case for more building in the countryside to make the countryside more viable. It aims to actively engage, challenge and provoke debate – as well as offering practical ways forward.
As the first female President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Ruth made history in 2009, following more than 175 years of male leadership. She has been photographed by artist Anita Corbin as part of this epic project of 100 portraits of trailblazing women in all fields of public life, alongside Betty Boothroyd, Nicola Sturgeon, and Dame Stella Rimmington to name a very few.
Artist Anita Corbin said: “Ten years ago, I had a powerful vision. I knew I had to create a body of work unlike anything I’d seen before. I wanted to celebrate women who have pushed boundaries to achieve their dreams in their own field. I wanted to tell their story, and I wanted it to be seen in 2018 as a celebration of 100 years of female suffrage.”
Of her inclusion in the project, Ruth said: “I am thrilled to be part of this exhibition and honoured to be amongst such amazing role models”.
The First Women UK exhibition will open on 20th July 2018 in the Dyson Gallery of the Royal College of Art, Riverside, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN. Entry is free, 12noon-5pm daily until 22nd August. The exhibition will then travel around the UK, (dates and venues to be announced).
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Our architects designed the houses which sit in generous plots and benefit from views over the Sussex countryside. The houses respect the existing architectural vernacular and have been designed to maximise the development potential of the site.
We are having an amazing Grand Designs Live. Some fascinating schemes including a beach hut and a boat house but also some plans to create extraordinary homes that we would be delighted to help with.
Ruth Reed and Ian Leighton will be on the Ask the Experts stand at Grand Designs Live at Excel London between 5 and 8 May to offer free planning and architectural advice. Book your free consultation now.
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Green Planning Studio Ltd are very please to announce the publication of a new book written by one of our directors, namely, Ruth Reed. The book entitled “Town Planning: The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide” is part of a series of books providing must-read practical guidance on running efficient and successful projects. Each book in the series tackles a core project task and explains the essential activities and considerations at each stage of the new Plan of Work – the definitive UK model for the building design and construction process produced by the RIBA.
Her book has a forward from the Government’s Chief Planner. Extract from forward by Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Department for Communities and Local Government:
‘This guide usefully charts the planning processes against the stages of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, setting out the routes to achieving consent for development and the strategies that can be adopted, and their implications for project timescales and budgets.’
Each book provides many hints and tips for projects large and small. Easy to use and navigate and in a small and handy format, these guides will provide the ultimate quick reference support in the office and or on site for all practitioners.