For example, there may be a decision on whether it is preferable to gradually build trust through slow and continued engagement, or promote a shorter and more intense period of engagement. Either way it was clear that community engagement should not be seen as an add-on to conventional masterplanning or design, but instead to see the design process as open for engagement throughout.
To download the guide click on the link below:
Date: 25th January 2011
Time: 10am to 3.30pm
Place: Conference Room 1, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8AA (opposite Southwark station)
Cost: Free for UDL subscribing members, £175 plus VAT for others
The provisional agenda for the Planning Network meeting includes: (10.00am to 12.30pm)
- State of play with the London Plan – Rachael Rooney, GLA
- Localism Bill:
- Nigel Kersey – CLG
- Tony Burton – Civic Voice
- Steven Tapper – Enfield Council (tbc)
- Cllr Chris Roberts – Greenwich Council (tbc)
- Russell Harris QC (tbc)
- Ben Castell – Scott Wilson (tbc)
- Abigail Davies, CIH (tbc)
- Post CABE, LDA and HCA London – the situation – Peter Bishop, LDA
- Borough roundup
Networking lunch from 12.30pm to 1pm
Tricky Issue seminar on Community Engagement Methods: (1pm to 3.30pm)
- A number of people highly experienced in delivering successful community engagement will briefly explain their approaches including:
- Liza Fior – MUF Architects
- Rebecca Maguire – The Glasshouse
- Paul Murrain
- Alex Rook – LPGSF
- Daisy Froud – AOC
- David Wilcox, Social Reporter
- Liz Kessler (tbc)
- Victoria Thornton, Open City (tbc)
- Nick Wates (tbc
- Levent Kerimol – DfL, will present a draft guide on choosing and using community engagement tools
To book or for further information please go to http://www.urbandesignlondon.com/?page_id=5137 or by email email@example.com
Now they are under threat. DCMS have pulled their funding from CABE while the Mayor has to choose his priorities following the cut of almost all funding for the LDA (within which DfL sit).
So there is a very real danger that both organisations may radically change or disappear and will not be able to help any of us in the future.
What do you think? How should we deal with these potential changes? Would you like to share your thoughts on our blog? If you support these organisations I am sure they would love to hear about this at such a difficult time for their staff!
Date: Saturday, 29 May 2010 12.00 – 5.00 pm
Location:Kender Street, SE14
The official opening by LB Lewisham and the Greater London Authority Group will take place at 1 pm.
The park has been totally revamped with help of a collaboration between Lewisham and Design for London officers with London Development Agency funding. East with support from the community and the Building Exploratory have re-designed the park to include 49 new Albizia trees, sandpits, new bespoke furniture and play equipment, a drinking fountain and a meadow.
Activities on the day, organised by the New Cross Gate Trust and Friend’s of Kender Green Spaces, include table tennis and chess tournaments, tea dance with cakes, sandcastle making, cookery demonstrations, plant sale, exotic animals and many other activities for children and grown-ups.
Refreshments will be available on the day but feel free to bring a picnic to make use of the new lawn.
Nearest tube and rail: New Cross Gate and Queens Road Peckham
In terms of subscribing organisations, we are pleased to announce that so far 21 boroughs are subscribing.
They are: Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Havering, Hounslow, Kingston, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, RBKC, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster. In addition, two RSL’s have joined as Network Members and we look forward to seeing everyone throughout the coming year.
A brief history of the site: Angel Waterside is a housing development with 85 homes (21 of which are affordable) with ground floor commercial uses. There are four cores to the building and the majority of the homes are dual aspect. Those that are not, are in general studios that are have south facing windows. The building is set back from the river creating a public park with the plan to extend the park along the entire riverfront. Balconies, in a range of sizes including diving board balconies, create a well overlooked park that has only recently been opened to the public. In terms of parking, there are 42 spaces provided underground and plenty of bicycle storage available – however people tended to place them on their balconies!
The development is the first part of the City Road Basin masterplan. This masterplan aims to open up the basin and improve the area as a place for leisure. Previously, the riverfront was dominated by more commercial and industrial uses making the riverfront inaccessible to the public. PTEa architects have been involved since the beginning with this scheme and with the masterplan. They worked jointly with Groveworld as developers as well and formed the City Wharf Development Company and City Wharf Construction Company.
The next stage of the City Road Basin masterplan is now being constructed and, at the head of the basin, there are currently two towers being built, a 28 storey and 35 storey. The final stage will be to improve the existing Boat house facilities by building a new Boat House on the opposite side of the canal thereby allowing the park to be continuously along the riverfront.
This is a very interesting site to see as it is the first stage of the masterplan, which aims for urban renewal of the area and will increase the housing in the area. It is at that critical stage where you can see the vision for the area however there are still a few teething issues – such as the balance with wildlife and the nesting geese by the riverfront.
This spring, we are continuing with the popular Planning and Design Foundation Course and the Streets and Design Foundation Course. To meet demand we are also adding a Housing Design Foundation course to look at how to achieve better housing. Below is a short description of the material that will be covered and to find out further about any of the sessions, or to book, click on the course title.
This four day course is ideal for housing practitioners who wish to refresh their design expertise or who are starting out in the process of understanding urban design and designing schemes.Dates Day 1: 30 April Day 2: 04 May Day 3: 05 May Day 4: 12 May
Some of the topics to be covered:
- Understanding the history of housing: 25 years of housing history from the 1988 Housing Act to date
- Recognising what designs work best: density and privacy issues and its impact on neighbourhoods
- Assessing density and typology issues: occupancy rates, parking ratios, child density and apartment living
- Appreciation of developers’ goals: form, finance and speed and what are the win-win situations for developers and planning authorities?
- Understanding the London Plan and the challenges for urban densities in suburban locations
- Examining the housing forms that work for balanced communities
- Awareness of the ‘Golden Mean’ between people, services and amenity space and the aims of Building for Life
- How can shared access and communal management work well?
- Case Study and film of Odham’s Walk, a higher density local authority 1970s inner London block
- Understanding the Mayor’s Housing Design Guide and some of the new regulations
- A Site visit and assessment of contemporary housing schemes
This four day course provides an introduction to urban design, how design is relevant to planning, and finishes with a Big Design Day to allow you to use what you learnt on the course.Dates Day 1: 30 April Day 2: 06 May Day 3: 07 May Day 4: 12 May
Some of the topics to be covered:
- Understanding national regional and local design policies
- How LDFs deal with design issues
- The concept of development management
- Setting policy objectives for an area
- How the design process works
- Existing tools and tricks to assess the design quality of proposals
- Assessing a test case and comparing your assessment to the built reality
- Design at appeal and our mock hearing
This four day course is ideal for practitioners who wish to refresh their design expertise or who are starting out in the process of designing streets.Dates Day 1: 30 April Day 2: 06 May Day 3: 07 May Day 4: 12 May
Some of the topics to be covered:
- Understanding urban structure from urban grain, movement networks, use of resources, scale, landscape, through to density and mix of uses
- How urban structure elements contribute to good urban design
- Objectives of good urban design and qualities of successful places
- Better Streets principles
- Work through the five stages of Better Streets from tidy up to recreating space
- How to consider road markings and signs and which are definitely needed or discretionary
- Shared space, when it is appropriate, and how each intervention can balance a place and is shared between users