24hr Neighbourhoods

24hr Neighbourhoods

Working from home has increased the density of people around in residential areas during the day. This has more than doubled with people potentially having more time to spend outdoors, in their communities or with friends and families. There are opportunities to...
good design takes time

good design takes time

In Building for a Healthy Life and the National Design Guide (NDG) more importance is given to character and ‘making the most of what’s there’ highlighting the need to give time to a process of understanding a site and its context. The value of time invested in the...
The West of England Placemaking Charter

The West of England Placemaking Charter

In 2020 on behalf of Design West we engaged with 250 stakeholders to define priorities for place shaping in the West of England and develop the framework for a subregional Placemaking Charter. Beginning conversations as lockdown was first introduced it quickly became...
Building in Biodiversity: Learning from Design Review #1

Building in Biodiversity: Learning from Design Review #1

Reflecting on learning from Design Review, we look at the integration of ecology and landscape in design processes and the generation of Biodiversity Net Gain currently reshaping design approaches. Talking with Sarah Jones Morris from Landsmith Associates we highlight...
prize book: young – old, urban utopias of an aging society

prize book: young – old, urban utopias of an aging society

The Urban Design Group Book Prize for 2016 goes to a book that offers a celebratory framing of the third age; ‘a generation embarking on a new bodily experience’. I have been a judge for this award for the last five years a process that is as rewarding as it...

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