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...
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...
housing exemplar / fresh talent brought to eco home competition

housing exemplar / fresh talent brought to eco home competition

We were client advisers to the design competition for a housing exemplar for Whitehill Borden Eco Town. We supported two different project managers to develop the design brief and promote a design competition, providing continuity to pursuit of the project aims. As...
Communal Living – delivering housing diversity

Communal Living – delivering housing diversity

A study trip to Amsterdam by the MArch and MAAD Communal Living studio at Cardiff University was the starting point for research into how housing typologies can support communal living in the widest sense. The studio visited the morphologically ambitious Wozoco and...
building for Life 12 – Integrating into the neighbourhood

building for Life 12 – Integrating into the neighbourhood

Permeable new housing development promotes the establishment of sustainable movement patterns. In the revised and more focused national housing design standard; Building for Life 12 a significant improvement was the moving of the question “Does the scheme integrate...
space to park

space to park

Intelligent integration of parking is key element in the success of residential layouts in use as evidenced by research for Space to Park. This is a follow up to ‘What Works Where’ the English Partnership/Design for Homes guidance on approaches to parking published in...

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