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B

B-boys
B-Town
Babel
baby boom
baby boomer
Babylon
back entry
back jigger
back opening
back streets
back yard
back-double
back-to-backs
background building
backland development
Bacon, Edmund
Bacon, Francis
bad-neighbour use
Baedeker raids
bag lady
baile
bailiff
Baines, Frank (Sir)
Baixa, Lisbon
Baker, Kenneth (Lord Baker)
balanced community
balkanisation
ballet
Ballungsräume
BANANA
banana, the
banking
banlieue
banlieuesard
Barbican, The
Barbon, Nicholas
Barcelona
bareland condominium
Barlow Commission
Barnard, George
Barnett, Canon Samuel Augustus
Barnett, Henrietta (Dame)
barong-barong
baroque
baroque-tech
barraca
Barragán, Luis
barrage
Barratt, Lawrie (Sir)
Barrattification (also Barrattisation)
barriada
barrier
barrio
basecase
baseline indicator
baseline study
basis point
Bassett, Edward M
basti
bastide
Bata
Bath
BATNEEC
bats
Battery Park City
Bau
Baudelaire, Charles
Bauer, Catherine
Baufläche
Bauforum
Baugenehmigung
Baugesetzbuch
Baugrenze
Baugrundstück
Bauhaus, The
Baulinie
Bauman, Zygmunt
Bauordnungen
Bay City (also Bay)
Bayko
Bazalgette, Joseph (Sir)
BDAMPFISHES (or DAMPFISHES)
beacon council
Beacontree
Bean Town
Beaubourg
Beaulieu
beautility
beauty
Beaux Arts
Beaver Committee
Bebauungsdichte
Bebauungsplan
Beck, Henry
Beckmann, Max
Bedford Falls
Bedford Park
bedpan man
bedroom community
bedroom culture
Bedzed
Beeching cuts
Beersheba
behavioural mapping
behavioural studies
beigefield
Bel Geddes, Norman
Bell, Daniel
Bellamy Clubs
Bellamy, Edward
belong to
Belper
beltway
benches
benching
benchmarking
bending main programmes
Benefactor, The
Benefactors
Benjamin, Walter
Benoit-Lévy, Georges
Bentham, Jeremy
Berlin airlift
Berlin Express
Berlin Wall
Berliner
Berlioz, Hector
berm
Berman, Ed
Bernick, Michael
bespoke development
best available technology
best value
best value performance plan
best value review
Betjeman, John
béton brut
Better City, The
betterment levy
Bettman, Alfred
biased terminology
bicycle and sidecar housing
bidonville
Big A
Big Apple
big architecture
Big B
Big Bang
big bang development
big body
big box
Big Burg
Big C
big city
big city syndrome
Big D
Big Easy
big gubment
Big M
Big Orange
Big Smoke (or Big Smokey)
Big T
Big Town
Big V
Biggleswick Garden City
Bilbao effect
Bilboaise
bill of rights
billing authority
bimbo architecture
bindle stiff
bing
bioclimatic design
bioclimatic skyscraper
biodiversity
biological analogy
biomass
biome
biosphere
Biotop
bird
Birkenhead
Birkenhead Park
Birmingham Urban Design Study
birtway
biscuit-tin development
Bitter Cry of Outcast London, The
black
Black Act, The
black ban
black country
Black Country, the
black economy
Black Road
blacktop
Blade Runner
Blair, Tony
Blakelock, Keith
Bletchley
blight
blight notice
blind competition
blind-eyed city
blitz
Blitz and Blight Act
blob architecture
blobitecture
block
block club
block interior
Block, Alexander
block-home
Blockbebauung
blockbusting
Blood Alley
Bloomsday
Bloxham, Tom
blue banana
blue belt
Blue Book
blue carrot
blue ribbon
blue ribbon network
blue water
blue-sky scenario
blueprint
Blueprint for Survival
blueprint plan
Bluewater
blueway
bobo
bodge (or botch)
bodge culture
bodgie
Bofill, Ricardo
Bogeyland
Bohemian index
Bohigas, Oriol
boho
boiled frog syndrome
boiler
bollard-led development
Bologna
bombing
Bonfire of the Vanities, The
bonusing
book-town movement
boom-box
boomburb
boomer generation
boomtown
booster
boosterism
booter
Booth, Charles
Booth, William
borderlands
boreen
Borie, Henry-Jules
borrowed sun
Boston bum
Boswash
bottom-drawer plan
Boty, Pauline
boulevard
boulevard à redans
boundary definition
Boundary Street Estate
bounded dialogue
bounded rationality
Bourdieu, Pierre
boutique skyscraper
Bowling Alone
box builder
Boyle family
Brace, Charles Loring
Brache
Bracher, Samuel
Bracken House
Brahe, Per
branch economy
brand
brand-bombing
Brandon Estate
Brasilia
Brassaï
brasserie bulge
Brave New World
break
break dancing
break the china
breakfast
breakthrough street
Brecht, Bertolt
Brentham
Bressey Report
Bressey, Charles (Sir)
Brick City
bricks
bricks and mortar approach
bricolage
Bride of Denmark, The
bridging group
bridleway (or bridepath)
Brigadoon
Briggs, RA
Bright Lights, Big City
brightfield
brightfield site
Brighton
Brightsite
BrindleyPlace
Britain and the Octopus
British Urban Regeneration Association
Brizzie
broad-brush plan
Broadacre City (or Broadacres)
Broadwater Farm
broken windows
Bromborough Pool
Brookside
brough
brown land
brownfield
brownlining
Brum
Brummagem
brummie
Brundtland Report
Brunswick Centre
brutalism
Bryce, James
Brynmawr rubber factory
Buchan, John
Buchanan, Colin (Sir)
bucket
Buckingham, James Silk
Bucksbaum, Martin
buddleia (also buddleja)
budgie-box
build quality
build-to-line
building
building element
building envelope guidelines
building exploratory
building facelift scheme
building line
building preservation notice
building regulations
building shoulder
building stable communities
built environment
built environment professional
built form
built up
bulbout
bulk
bulky goods
Bull Ring, The
bullet repayment
Buls, Charles
bum
Bunbury
Bundesausbaugebiet
Bundesausbauort
bungaloid growth
bungalow
bungalow bliss
Bungalow Briggs
bungalow court
Bungalow Town
bungalow town
bunker
bunker architecture
bunker mentality
Bunnybury
burb
Burbank, Truman
bureaucracy
bureaucratic managerialism
bureaucratic proceduralism
burgage
burgess
Burgess, Ernest
burgh
Burghs, the
Burle Marx, Roberto
Burnham, Daniel Hudson
Burns, John
Burns, Wilfred
Burra Charter
Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Burton, James
bus
bush, the
business architecture
business excellence model
business improvement district
business incubator
business park
business tourism
Busquets, Joan
bustee
Buxton, Major
by-lane
by-street
bye-law housing
Byers, Stephen
Byker Estate
bylaw (also by-law and bye-law)
bylaw housing
bypass
byway

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