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Wed 08/12/21, pm
Zoom

For this session we are looking at the changing balance of demolition vs retrofit – how has climate change affected the choices and what is working best for communities? With short provocations from the sector and opportunity for sharing across housing teams within organisations.

Agenda

13.30 Welcome & Introduction

13.40 Demolition or Retrofit?

  • What are the complexities of the various factors surrounding the demolition and retrofit question? How can we make sense of the key issues?, Charlotte Johnson (UCL)
  • Experiences from local authorities and lessons learned, Seth Rutt (LB Camden), Michelle Christensen (LB Camden), Neil Vokes (LB Camden) & Rafe Bertram (LB Enfield)

14.15 Discussion

  • Sharing experiences, opportunities and challenges in this important area of work.

14.45 Close


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Wed 15/12/21
Zoom

Building on how codes relate to zoning and plan-making, this session will look at how to understand your area and develop character appraisals and assessments to inform local codes and guides. Including:

How to develop character appraisals

  • In rural areas
  • In growth areas
  • In historic areas
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Tue 18/01/22
Related Events: Streets

This introductory session will explore the multiple benefits of delivering water sensitive design solutions for public realm projects large and small.

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Tue 18/01/22

Understanding the important role that streets play in supporting healthy, sustainable and successful communities. We will look at how to prioritize active travel and balance the demands from non travel activities, different modes of travel, servicing and freight. Including:

  • The importance of good street design
  • What makes a liveable neighbourhood?
  • Kerbside demand and its challenge
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Wed 19/01/22, am
Online

  1. Do communities remain involved in the shaping of their local area as it changes? Has this been successful, and how could it change into the future? This session will explore the story of homes and communities and discuss future directions for resident engagement, ballots, community led housing and more, including the growing use of digital methods.
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Thu 20/01/22
Zoom
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

For members in the first 10 years of their careers to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.

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Wed 26/01/22
Related Events: Natural London

We will consider current planning policy, legislation and guidance and outline useful planning conditions in relation to trees and development.

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Thu 27/01/22, 10am–12pm
Related Events: LoTAG at UDL

Exploring best practice in development of EqIAs, as well as an opportunity to share reflections on when equalities considerations have formed the basis of legal challenges against authorities.

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

Tue 01/02/22
Related Events: Urban Design

Understanding how development finances work and how it can impact on the design outcome is a must-have tool in the planning process. This session sets out the changing variables of scheme calculations and how to get the best design and a viable project.

Wed 02/02/22
Related Events: Place-maker's Network

Considering the difference between these two approaches, their pros and cons and how they can be mutually supportive.

Thu 03/02/22
Related Events: Planning

Addressing our climate change targets, this session will look at how we can make the best use of resources and minimise the impact on our environment. We will discuss using the right materials and the use, and re-use, of building products.

Tue 08/02/22
Related Events: Councillor's Network

For any Councillor who has an interest in place-making and design; these sessions share knowledge, discuss topical issues and present emerging policy and research.

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Wed 09/02/22
Online

Delivering housing for diverse groups and across the generations is a huge challenge. This session explores successful approaches and how they can inform your thinking in this increasingly important area.

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Tue 22/02/22

Taking stock of viability, this vital session will separate fact from fiction and help us understand the essential elements of any viability assessment. We will investigate how to provide and support social value for your communities.

Tue 01/03/22
Related Events: Design Review Network

The days of panels being ‘manned’ by very similar people are long gone.  But there are still challenges to achieving real diversity of experience, outlook and background within our panels.  We will look at ways we can potentially work together to improve diversity.

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Wed 02/03/22, 9.30am–12.30pm
Related Events: Streets

This hands-on session is specifically tailored for highway designers and eng ineers to provide you with a more detailed understanding of how to design SuDS from start to finish within highways schemes.

This event will take place on two separate half-day mornings - on 02nd and 10th March 2022, from 9.30 - 12.00. Spaces are limited and the event will not be recorded so please only book if you can attend both morning events live. Scroll down/up to book onto the other event of this two-part training (change according to the event you are putting this text for)

This event is aimed at designers. If you are looking for an introduction to SuDS please book onto our ‘Street SuDS: An Introduction’ event on 18th Jan 2022. 

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Thu 03/03/22
Related Events: Natural London

We will consider the challenges in delivering improvements to London's air quality and present innovative air quality improvement projects and programmes, including low emission streets and neighbourhoods.

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Tue 08/03/22
Online

Collaboration is key to bring in vital skills in housing delivery, so how can partnerships help to provide great places? An in-depth look at all aspects of partnership working in the housing sector.

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Tue 08/03/22

This session will look at how best to procure or partner with others to create codes and ensure they are being applied correctly. We will look at the Cambridge Compliance Tracker as well as understand how technology can help ensure code compliance and good local outcomes. Including:

  • Tracking compliance and working with partners
  • Commissioning design work
  • Using tech to help ensure code compliance


Wed 09/03/22
Related Events: Urban Design

This 3D design software makes it possible to design and collaborate easily with your colleagues and others. This practical session will set the foundations to understand the functionality and capabilities of this user-friendly, web-based software.

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Thu 10/03/22, 9.30am–12.30pm
Related Events: Streets

This hands-on session is specifically tailored for highway designers and eng ineers to provide you with a more detailed understanding of how to design SuDS from start to finish within highways schemes.

This event will take place on two separate half-day mornings - on 02nd and 10th March 2022, from 9.30 - 12.00. Spaces are limited and the event will not be recorded so please only book if you can attend both morning events live. Scroll down/up to book onto the other event of this two-part training (change according to the event you are putting this text for)

This event is aimed at designers. If you are looking for an introduction to SuDS please book onto our ‘Street SuDS: An Introduction’ event on 18th Jan 2022. 

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Wed 16/03/22
Related Events: Housing

Gentle densification is a key way of achieving good growth. This session will look at the latest on borough approaches and examples of how it can be achieved on the most challenging sites.

Thu 17/03/22
Related Events: Planning

This workshop will help you set a framework for addressing housing needs alongside other social, environmental and economic priorities. We will look at exemplars of inclusion and engagement in producing succinct and up-to-date local plans.

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Tue 22/03/22

Technology allows us to easily share data on planning tools and is driving a revolution on interactive planning and back office planning functions. This session will go through the basics of how authorities can get the best from technology, what is available and how it can be used and shared with others.

Thu 24/03/22
Related Events: Urban Design

This session looks at the skills needed for Masterplanning; including urban spatial structure, how cities work and how to gather and what data and statistics to include for a successful masterplan.

Tue 29/03/22
Related Events: Place-maker's Network

Examining the most effective ways to support local action, whether this is helping new businesses to get going or helping existing enterprises to adapt to changing circumstances.

Thu 31/03/22
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

For members in the first 10 years of their careers to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.

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Tue 12/04/22

This session looks at how to ensure our homes and neighbourhoods are well-designed and sustainable. It will set out design principles that support sustainability, health and well-being, and how homes can work well in their context, enabling communities to flourish. Including:

  • Why we need well-designed homes
  • Housing design principles
  • Understanding housing design
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Tue 26/04/22

This session will look at the importance and role of communities in developing and delivering codes that will create great places. Including:

  • How best to encourage pro-active communities
  • Helping communities guide design in their area
  • Co-developing a code

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Tue 10/05/22

This session will set out the components of a good code and what gives buildings identity. It will include how to set out key building design principles and standards, what they look like and how buildings should perform in the long term: including:

  • Building design principles
  • How buildings fit together
  • Understanding materials, detailing and architectural approaches
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Tue 24/05/22

There is much confusion on how to achieve zero carbon and where the milestones lie along the way. This session will look at a range of approaches and discuss the practical challenges.

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Thu 23/06/22

Looking at how codes and guides can set out settlement layout patterns, what types of streets, parking and open spaces should be provided where and how these should be designed and detailed. Including:

  • Layout and street pattern options
  • The importance of good master planning
  • Residential street codes

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Tue 05/07/22

This session will set out what a good code or guide needs to meet local objectives and requirements for green and blue infrastructure, flood risk and biodiversity, including understanding Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems and the value of ‘parklets’. Including:

  • Climate responsive & biodiversity Masterplanning
  • Environmental codes to create great places
  • Codes for blue infrastructure
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Thu 21/07/22

High Streets are struggling. We will consider what makes a successful High Street and how planning, transport and public realm interventions can help create them, fit for the 21st century

20/01/22 – 20/10/21, 10am–1pm
Zoom

This briefing will hear from the government and their partners with updates including progress in setting up the national design quality body Office for Place, the design code pilots plus an update to the active travel agenda and Manual for Streets.

*If there isn't enough clarity on what is happening with planning reform by this date, the event will be postponed.

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Thu 02/12/21, 10am–12pm
Zoom
Related Events: LoTAG at UDL

All boroughs have slightly different governance arrangements for developing and determining traffic management interventions - this session will explore the pro’s and con’s of different approaches.

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only

Agenda

10.00 Welcome & Introduction

Effective Local Governance & Decision Making – Insight from Academic Literature, Louise Reardon

Feedback on LoTAG survey on Local Transport Funding & Decision Making, Mark Frost

Local Government Decision Making – Elected Member perspective, Martin Sachs

Local Government Decision Making - City of London perspective, Bruce McVean

Reviewing Local Transport Decision Making post Covid – LB Camden Perspective, Sam Margolis

Introduction to TRUUD project (Tackling the Root causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Development), Prof. Cecilia Wong

Panel debate

12.00 Close

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Tue 30/11/21
Zoom

Showing how to read a plan and the various ways in which schemes can be visually represented, assessing projects that use different drawing types and the common tricks used in applications.

Agenda

09.55 Registration

10.00 Welcome & Quiz

10.30 The Good Place

10.45 Plans for Graphics

11.00 Plans for Planning

11.15 Break

Exercises

11.30 Scale

12.00 Streets, Landscaping & Residential Layouts

12.45 Detailing

13.00 Close

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Thu 25/11/21, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom

This hands-on session is specifically tailored for highway designers and engineers to provide you with a more detailed understanding of how to design SuDS from start to finish within highways schemes. 

This event will take place as two separate half day mornings - on 17th & 25th November 2021, from 9.30 - 12.30. 

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

Day 2 Agenda (25th November): Practical Design Approaches

09:30 Designing for effective Maintenance, Bob Bray

10:00 The use of permeable surfaces, Judith Puckmayr

10:30 Inlets, outlets and flow control, Anthony McCloy

11:00 Break

11:10 Choosing, locating and sizing SuDS components,

Judith Puckmayr

11:40 Worked example: Developing a SuDS Concept

12:10 Our solutions, Bob Bray

12:30 Close

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Tue 23/11/21, am, 10am–1pm
Zoom
Related Events: Place-maker's Network

Sharing ideas on how to identify and support those who understand, value and use a neighbourhood so they can positively influence how it changes.

Agenda:

10.00 Welcome and Overview – Who are neighbourhood players and how can they shape successful places?

What is a neighbourhood player and why they are so important to place shaping? Understanding the full range of players and the kinds of contribution they can make.

Clarisse Tavin, Group Manager - Major Programmes and Projects at City of London Corporation

Using community mapping to identify neighbourhood players and their support needs.

Matt Bell, Director of Corporate Affairs, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

10.45 Ways to influence change

How can neighbourhood players be supported to influence change through the place shaping process? Including through planning, procurement and delivery.

Support during procurement - bid development and review, procuring partners, consultants and designers.

Support in the delivery stage - regeneration, housing development, blue/green/other infrastructure projects.

Toussainte Reba, Head of Area Regeneration, LB Haringey

12.15 Supporting community players

What does identifying and supporting community players look like in practice for different sectors? How do you measure success? Learning from case studies in the UK and abroad

Jess Steele, Jericho Road

13.00 Wrap up discussion & close

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Thu 18/11/21, 10am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Urban Design

This vital skill in placemaking introduces the language and stages of negotiation that will help you understand what is needed to ‘close the deal’ and get the best outcome for schemes.

Agenda:

10:00 Introduction

10:05 Seven Stages of Negotiation, Clive Rich

11:30 Short break

11:35 Case Study Exercise, Clive Rich

12:30 Close

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Wed 17/11/21, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom

This hands-on session is specifically tailored for highway designers and engineers to provide you with a more detailed understanding of how to design SuDS from start to finish within highways schemes. 

This event will take place as two separate half day mornings - on 17th & 25th November 2021, from 9.30 - 12.30. Please scroll down to book a place for Part 2.

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

Day 1 Agenda (17th November): Site Analysis

09:30 Introduction, Bob Bray

10:00 Design brief for feasibility, Judith Puckmay

10:30 Essential Hydraulics and Discharge Hierarchy,

Anthony McCloy

11:00 Break

11:10 SuDS Components for the Highway, Bob Bray

11:40 Worked example: Evaluating a site

12:10 Summary

12:30 Close

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Tue 16/11/21, 10am–1pm
Zoom

An essential update on the shifting pattern of funding for housing, exploring the latest trends and finding ways to deliver great places within your budget.

Agenda:

9.45 Registration

10.00 Introduction & Overview – Funding Housing, Valerie Conway & Debbie Lloyd, David Lock Associates

10.20 What funding streams are provided and who brings them to the table

  • Local authorities perspective, Alice Lester, LB Brent
  • Private sector perspective, Steve Partridge, Savills
  • Government players, Kate Webb, GLA
  • Q&A

11.35 Break

11.50 Bringing it all together & making it work

  • Funding for mixed use & mixed tenure, Mark Baigent
  • Managing funding viability, Charles Soloman, Valuation Office Agency

12.45 Wrap up discussion

13:00 Close

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Thu 11/11/21, 10am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Natural London

Proposed changes to the planning system include the preparation of design codes to improve the quality of planning applications and speed up the planning process. This session will consider the key elements of a street code for green infrastructure.

Agenda:

10.00 Welcome, Paul Dodd (UDL)

10.10 Planning Policy Update, Hannah Williams (Principal Ecologist, WSP)

10.30 Planning for and Establishing Healthy Trees, Sue James (TDAG)

11.00 Break

11.10 Coding Streets for Blue Infrastructure, Helen McHollan (Associate Director, Illman Young Landscape Design)

11.30 Green Codes for Residential Development: Welborne Garden Village, Jemma Hall (LDA Design)
11.50 Sighthill: Delivering Green Infrastructure through Landscape Led Masterplanning, Rory Wilson (LDA Design)

12.10 Street Trees, Highways and Underground Services: In Detail, Ian Hingley (Urban Movement)

12.30 Close

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Tue 09/11/21
Zoom

This session will explain these tools what you can expect them to achieve for your area, including how codes relate to zoning and plan-making and explain latest government policy updates. Including:

  • What are design codes and guides?
  • How these tools fit into the current planning system
  • Understanding current policy direction and latest updates

Agenda

09.45 Registration

10.00 Welcome, Esther Kurland, UDL

10.05 Introduction, Stephen Barker, Planning Advisory Service

10.10 What are Design Codes and Guides – A History, Paul Dodd, UDL

10.25 Introduction to the National Model Design Code, Vicky Payne, URBED

10.40 Planning for the Future, Rory Stracey, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

  • Break

11.10 Design at different scales, Lionel Eid, Allies & Morrison

11.30 Pilot update, Henry Primarolo, Housing & Communities

  • Q&A

12.00 Close

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Thu 04/11/21, am, 10am–12.15pm
Zoom
Related Events: Planning

Making a comprehensive plan of your area guides future growth, provides a conceptual layout and involves a wide range of people. This session will consider best practice, investigating what you need to do to get the best from your plan.

Agenda:

10.00 Welcome and Introduction

10.05 Masterplanning overview

What is a masterplan, what does it do and how has the thinking and practice on the design and use of masterplans evolved? Exploring the importance of masterplans in place shaping and how they fit into the range of tools used in planning.

Marcus Wilshere, Director, The Collaborative City

10.20 Masterplanning Principles and Process

What are the key design principles for masterplans and how are these used? What are the stages of creating a masterplan and what does best practice look like? Learning top tips and tricks for how to get the best from a masterplan in development

Design Principles for masterplans and how these are used

Rob Cowan, Director, Urban Design Skills

The masterplanning process

Krishma Shah, Senior Urban Design Officer, Epping Forest DC & Public Practice Associate

11.20 Case study - Lessons from the front line

Nada Elfeituri, Senior Urban Designer, Thurrock BC & Public Practice Associate

11.45 Speaker and Delegate Discussion

What role will masterplans play going forwards, in the context of moves toward the widespread use of design codes?

Marcus Wilshere, Director, The Collaborative Cit

12.15 Wrap up and close

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Wed 03/11/21, 10am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Streets

We will consider strategic traffic analysis and learn how to employ and interpret modelling software for all modes including walking, cycling and general traffic within different urban contexts.

Agenda includes:

  • An Introduction to the Traffic Modelling Guidelines, Golnaz Ghafghazi (TfL)
  • Strategic Modelling and the ONE Model, Cat Evans (TfL)
  • Micro Cycle Modelling, Andrew Lovell (TfL)
  • Micro & Static Pedestrian Modelling, Paul Powell (TfL)
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Tue 02/11/21, 10am–12pm
Zoom
Related Events: LoTAG at UDL

Exploring the current state of the art on community engagement around changes to the highway and examples of where this has been employed successfully in London.

Speakers include:

  • Gary Nolan (TfL)
  • Fraser MacDonald (TfL)
  • Lucy Bush (Britain Thinks)
  • Neil Goldberg (LB Haringey)
  • Simon Hollowood (LB Haringey)

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

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Thu 21/10/21, am
Zoom
Related Events: Planning

Looking at how design codes are used, including how they are tested during development, how they are used to evaluate scheme proposals and how codes are evaluated over time.

Agenda

9.45 Registration

10.00 Welcome & Introduction

10.05 An Overview

  • How design codes are used, how they are tested, how they are used to evaluate proposals and how codes are evaluated over time, Mark Parsons, University of Cambridge

10.20 Checking schemes are compliant with codes during the planning process, Louise Mansfield, Allies & Morrison

  • Comfort break

10.45 Exercise - Testing Codes Against Schemes

  • Looking at how codes can be used in practice

11.30 Case Study, Fabrizio Matillana, LB Enfield

  • Comfort break

12.15 Evaluating Codes

  • Understand how to approach longer term design code evaluation – when it needs to happen, who is involved and what methods to use, Kathy MacEwan, Independent Consultant

12.45 Wrap up discussion & close

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Thu 14/10/21, am, 10am–12.45pm
Zoom
Related Events: Housing

Design codes are in the spotlight – this session will explore the what, when, where and how of codes for housing, looking at creation at different scales, delivery and their potential for great placemaking.

Agenda

9.45 Registration

10.00 Welcome & Introduction

10.05 Design Codes – The Essentials

  • Understanding what a design code is and how thinking & practice on the use of codes has developed, Paul Dodd, UDL
  • Learning about how codes contribute to placemaking and how they fit into the housing development process, Laura Alvarez, Nottingham City Council
  • Q&A
  • Comfort break

10.45 How to develop a code for housing

  • What are the different stages in creating a design code for housing schemes? Looking at practical examples, Trovine Monteiro, Built Environment for Cambridge City & Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service
  • Code building blocks - explaining different building types, their elements, special qualities and the pros & cons of their use, Graeme Phillips, JTP Architects, Dhruv Sookhoo, Metropolitan Workshop & Alex Ely, Mae Architects
  • Q&A
  • Comfort break

11.45 Exercise - What is important in coding for different contexts?

12.30 Housing Coding in Practice, Ben Castell, AECOM & Carla Smyth, LLDC

13.00 Wrap up discussion & close

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Wed 13/10/21, 9.30am–4pm
Zoom

Over the last 18 months, UDL has held a series of Urban Challenge events looking at fresh thinking on how urban areas are designed, planned and managed. The conversations have been amazingly rich, pointing to potential ways we can practically combat climate change, inequality, public health problems and biodiversity decline.

This session continues the series, building on concepts previously discussed whilst bringing in new voices.

Watch a short video here on 'Can we plan for local living? And should we?' by Esther Kurland, Head of UDL.

If you are not a member, please email info@urbandesignlondon.com to book your place.

Agenda

9.30 Session 1: New ideas on cities

  • Introduction, Esther Kurland, UDL
  • Commentary, Examples & Tool, Yolande Barnes, UCL & Adam Scott, Freestate

10.15 Comfort Break

10.30 Session 2: New ideas on travel

  • Introduction – Are all journeys equal? Valuing movement properly, Esther Kurland
  • Commentary, Examples & Tools
    • Planning a mutli-time city, Sebastian Weise, Place Changers
    • The 1m city in Sweden, Dan Hill, Vinnova
    • Identifying neighbourhoods for intensification, Russell Curtis, RCKa Architects
    • Softhub mobility and access to local services with capacity to support a growing population, Ed Parham, Space Syntax
    • From macro high tech solutions to local low tech improvements, Scott Shepard, The Internet of Mobility

12.15 Lunch Break

13.00 Session 3 New ideas on buildings & activities

  • Introduction – Don’t control the use, control the impact, Camilla Siggaard Andersen, Hassell Studio
  • Commentary, Examples & Tools
    • Designing for intensity of activity, not building density & approaches to managing mixed use, Alexis Butterfield, Pollard Thomas Edward Architects
    • Supporting flexible, locally based work space, Grace O'Mara NearU
    • Ground floor masterplans in Oslo, Matthew Sandu, Leonard Design Architects

14.15 Comfort Break

14.30 Session 4 New Ideas on neighbourhoods

  • Introduction – Prioritise local solutions before city wide approaches, Camilla Siggaard Andersen, Hassell Studio
  • Commentary, Examples & Tools
    • Are suburbs automatically convertible to walkable neighbourhoods?, Eleanor Warwick, Clarion Housing
    • New ways of designing locally focused communities, Max Farrell, LDN Collective
    • Encouraging local verses global commerce, Ina von Turow, FNDR

16.00 Close

Evening Reception

17.30 - 19.30

We are inviting conference attendees to join us for an evening reception at Hassell, to continue the conversation about urban futures in person.

The address is: 6 – 14 Underwood Street, London N17JQ.

If you are travelling from afar, Hassell also has a few hot-desk spaces available for the day.

Please email Maanya Bali to sign up.

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Wed 13/10/21, 9.30am–12pm
Zoom

This introductory session will explore the multiple benefits of delivering water sensitive design solutions for public realm projects large and small.

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

Agenda

09.30 Welcome, Paul Dodd, UDL

  • Introduction, Bob Bray, Robert Bray Associates
  • How do SuDS work, Judith Puckmayr, Robert Bray Associates
  • SuDS components, Anthony McCloy, McCloy Consulting

11.00 Break

  • Integrating SuDS into streets, Judith Puckmayr, Robert Bray Associates
  • Summary, Bob Bray, Robert Bray Associates

12.00 Wrap up & Close

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Tue 12/10/21, 9.30am–12pm
Zoom

This session provides an understanding of what makes a great neighbourhood; looking at the characteristics of well-designed places, how they help to achieve planning & policy objectives and the tools and processes for good outcomes Including:

  • Why we need good placemaking
  • Design tools and processes
  • Setting out the principles of good design

Agenda

09:30 Welcome & Introduction

09:40 National placemaking drivers, Esther Kurland, UDL

10:00 Why do we need good urban design, Prof Matthew Carmona, UCL

Q&A and Comfort Break

10:30 Principles of placemaking and urban design, Hillary Satchwell, Tibbalds

11:00 Design tools and processes, Kruti Patel, Metropolitan Workshop

11:30 Q&A

12.00 Feedback and close

Past Event

Wed 06/10/21
Zoom
Related Events: Urban Design

This popular session introduces a succinct and creative way to express your design ideas that aids discussion and interpretation of places and spaces.

Past Event

Thu 30/09/21, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Natural London

This hands-on session will explain why we need an Urban Greening Factor (UGF) and include workshops on how to apply the UGF to a variety of development sites and contexts.

Agenda

09.30 Welcome, Paul Dodd, UDL

09.40 What’s new?, Rebecca Moberly, PAS

10.10 The London Plan Policies and the Urban Greening

Factor Unpacked, Samantha Davenport, GLA

10.50 Break

11.00 Learning from emerging best practice, Samantha Paul, Spacehub

12.00 Discussion: We will discuss these recent advances in policy and guidance and reflect on what else we might do to help create more sustainable development

12.30 Close

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Tue 28/09/21, am
Zoom

Flexibility is about letting people live their lives the way that works for them – letting people work, relax and play. We will explore the opportunities and challenges of designing for flexibility and how to achieve this in practice .

If you are not currently a member, please email us info@urbandesignlondon.com to reserve your place.

Agenda:

10.00 Welcome & Introduction

How adaptability has evolved, what do clients and residents want now? Yolande Barnes, Bartlett Real Estate

Drivers for Flexibility, Grant Leggett, Director and Head, Boyer London

10.30 Flexibility in Practice

What examples have worked & why, David Birkbeck, Design for Homes

Comfort break

Case Studies

Knights Park Cambridge, Teresa Borsuk, Senior Advisor, PTEA Knights Park Cambridge

Alexis Butterfied, Associate Partner, PTEA Knights Park Cambridge

Connector Housing, Jennifer Beningfield , Principal and Founder, Openstudio Architects

Using Flexible Construction for great placemaking, Patrick Usborne, Director, Perpendicular Architecture & Paul Inch, Director, Better Delivery

Intergenerational Homes, Eleanor Brough & Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Q&A

12.00 Break

12.15 Overcoming the Challenges

Frances Holliss, London Metropolitan University

Irene Craik, Levitt Bernstein

Roland Karthus, Matter Architecture

Q & A

13.00 Wrap up discussion & close

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Thu 23/09/21
Related Events: Streets

This introductory session will consider key principles in creating a connected network of safe streets for all and illustrate these through award winning case studies.

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Wed 22/09/21, 10am–12pm
Related Events: LoTAG at UDL

This session will explore the practical levers that boroughs can pull to reduce transport related pollution, alongside a discussion about the impact of transport initiatives more generally on air quality.

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

Agenda

10.00

  • Welcome and introduction

10.05

  • Developing effective local Air Quality measures and quantifying their impact (Nick Ayland, Integrated Transport planning)

10:25

  • London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Hayley Fails, TfL)

10:45

  • Securing air quality improvements through partnership working (Kate Fenton, Cross River Partnership)

11:05

  • School Air Quality Audits in London (Mark Cottray, WSP)

11:25

  • Beech Street – delivering targeted air quality improvements in the urban environment (Kristian Turner, City of London)

11:45

  • Q&A

12.00

  • Close
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Wed 15/09/21, 10am–12.30pm
Related Events: Housing

This session explores the London Plan, it’s guidance documents and national changes to housing standards, looking at how they support housing design and delivery and how they can be applied.

Agenda

The role of guidance and standards to raise quality

  • What is the link between housing design guidance and standards and key changes in practice in recent decades? – Elanor Warwick, Clarion Housing Group

Different perspectives – the London and wider picture

  • The London perspective – Elliot Kemp, GLA
  • GLA support available – Sarah Considine, GLA
  • The wider picture – Valerie Conway and Debbie Lloyd, David Lock Associates

Practical Challenges and Ways to Help

  • Overview of strands – Tatiana Telles Ferreira, Allies & Morrison
  • Practical challenges – Luke Dewey, Metropolitan Workshop

Speaker & Delegate Discussion

Past Event

Tue 14/09/21, 10am–12pm
Related Events: Design Review Network

Discussing how panels can help with the creation, use and monitoring of design codes and guides. For example; by assessing if development proposals comply with codes.

Agenda:

Ensuring more diverse panels and encouraging young talent

Ben Hull, LB Newham
Chris Lamb, Oxford
Kathy MacEwen, London

SuDs, Biodiversity & Active Travel Design Reviews

Paul Dodd

Discussion: Can design review panels support design coding work?

Past Event

Tue 07/09/21, 10am–1pm
Related Events: Planning

This session looks at what a design code is, where it can be used, how codes are developed and how they fit with existing planning tools, including learning from case studies.

Agenda

9.45

  • Registration

10.00

  • Welcome & Introduction

10.05

  • What is a design code & why have them?, Joanne Preston
  • Codes & the Planning System, Rory Stracey

10.30

  • Delegate exercise on Miro

11.15 Break

11.30

  • The Design Coding Process
  • The Coding Process, Vicky Payne
  • Understanding the area & gathering data, Jane Manning
  • Who is involved – Players & the Community, Laura Alvarez
  • Case Study – LB Hounslow Character & Design Code, Louisa Facchino Stack
  • Q&A

12.45

  • Wrap up
Past Event

Thu 15/07/21, 10am–12pm
Related Events: LoTAG at UDL

How do we best plan for the future of our streets and transport networks in a world of such uncertainty?  This session will include a range of perspectives on the issue, relevant for those working on local transport planning.

Agenda includes:

  • The engineers' response to uncertainty - Brian Deegan, Urban Movement
  • DfT Uncertainty Toolkit and the Common Analytical Scenarios - Richard Harrap, DfT
  • Perspective and judgement in planning for the future - Glenn Lyons, UWE Bristol
  • A London perspective - Stefan Trinder & Claire Cheriyan, TfL

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

Past Event

Wed 14/07/21, 9.30am–12.30pm
Online
Related Events: Natural London

Workspaces that offer people accessible, connected and productive amenity space to meet and work in will be a priority in the coming years. Here we will investigate recent trends in biodiverse workspaces and highlight best practice examples and case studies from the UK and abroad.

Agenda includes:

  • A Greener Place, A Healthier Place

- Katie Le Chevalier, Planteria Group.

  • Re-thinking the Bürolandschaft

- Heike Neurohr, Hawkins Brown.

  • Detailing Long Life Green Workspaces

- Leighton Pace, Exterior Architecture.

  • Biodiverse City

- Rosie Sargen, Spacehub.

Past Event

Tue 13/07/21, am
Online

This session will explore schemes with complexity in the design or delivery including mixed use, multi tenure and dense schemes. We will learn from successful case studies and understand key strategies for the delivery of great places.

Agenda includes:

  • Welcome & Overview

- Antje Saunders, Allies & Morrison

  • Understanding complexity in housing developments

- Eleni Stathi, HTA

- Paul Quinn, Clarion Housing Group

- Paul Buckenham, Tower Hamlets

  • How does complexity link to great places?

- Peter Maxwell, LLDC

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Past Event

Thu 01/07/21
Related Events: Urban Design

We will understand how to read a plan and the various ways in which schemes can be visually represented, assessing projects that use different drawing types.

Past Event

Wed 30/06/21, am, 10am–1pm
Online
Related Events: Place-maker's Network

Looking at both new and established ways of understanding neighbourhoods – from talking to local people to new forms of data analysis.

Past Event

Wed 30/06/21, 1–2pm
Zoom

‘Green Roofs and Walls’ The Film and Discussion

We will be sharing footage of June 24th walking tour and answer your questions in this Lunch & Learn session. Paul Dodd (UDL) will be joined by Dusty Gedge and Russell Hearsum in this short, interactive session for all those who could not join us on the walking tour and for anyone else who is interested in learning more about green roofs and walls.

Past Event

Thu 24/06/21
Online
Related Events: Natural London

We will be taking a small group of delegates to see some best practice examples of green walls and green roofs in central London. We are planning to film the event and broadcast the footage during an online Lunch & Learn session on June 30th when delegates will get the opportunity to discuss the film and quiz our guides and green infrastructure experts – Dusty Gedge and Russell Hearsum.

Past Event

Wed 23/06/21, 1–2pm
Online

In this Lunch & Learn session we will be sharing a footage of the cycle tour on June 17th and answering your questions. Paul Dodd will be joined by Brian Deegan of Urban Movement and Lucy Marstrand of Metis Consultants in this short, interactive session for all those who could not join us on the cycle tour and for anyone else who is interested in learning more about the attributes of good cycle routes, network planning principles and best practice.

Past Event

Tue 22/06/21, 2–5pm
Zoom
Related Events: Design Review Network

An opportunity to discuss topical issues and opportunities faced by Design Review panels.

Past Event

Thu 17/06/21
Online
Related Events: Streets

We will be taking a small group of delegates to experience new cycle infrastructure in central London and consider the key attributes of a good cycle route, network planning principles, and visit best practice in cycle friendly junction design, crossings and side roads.

We are planning to film the event and broadcast the footage during an online Lunch & Learn session on June 23 where delegates will get the opportunity to discuss the film and quiz our guides and cycle experts - Brian Deegan of Urban Movement and Lucy Marstrand of Metis Consultants.

Past Event

Thu 10/06/21, 10.00 - 12.30 pm
Online

Masterplans are a core part of place shaping. This two-part morning session provides both an introduction to masterplanning including the relationship to design codes; and practical help for those who work with masterplans from day to day.

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Past Event

Wed 09/06/21, 10am–12pm
Online
Related Events: LoTAG at UDL

A frank conversation about the difficulties faced by officers, and some of the techniques that might be useful for dealing with those challenges. We’ll also cover the support available from the various professional organisations and institutions, and update practitioners on routes to the various formal accreditations (e.g. chartership) that can be explored.

Please note this event is limited to London borough and TfL officers only.

Past Event

Thu 27/05/21, 10am–1pm
Online
Related Events: Planning

Technology allows us to share data on interactive mapping tools at the touch of a button. This session will take us through the basics of what is available, how to layer essential planning and environmental information and how it can be used and shared with others.

Past Event

Wed 26/05/21, 10.00 - 12.30 pm
Online

Are we successfully tackling the housing crisis?  Are we building enough high quality homes in the right places, at a level people can afford?  This session will debate all aspects of this key issue.

Past Event

Tue 25/05/21, 12.30–1.30pm
Online
Related Events: Councillor's Network

For any Councillor who has an interest in place-making and design; these sessions share knowledge, discuss topical issues and present emerging policy and research.

Past Event

Tue 25/05/21, 1.45–5pm
Online

A year on from the first lockdown, we will look at how changes made then to streets faring, which are staying, which have been removed, what happens next? We have invited some speakers form our 2020 Covid Streets series to discuss their projects and ideas – a year on.

Agenda

13.45

  • Overview – Chris Lee
  • A look back – what we did then, what we are doing now  – Bruce Mcvean (City of London), Richard Eason (LB Enfield), Dan Johnson (West End Placemaking London) Brighton Sea front 1 year on Cllr Samer Bagaeen
  • International experiences – Maximilian Gawlik (L’Institut Paris Region)
  • Streetspace/TfL update – Sam Monck/Joe Lewis

15.30   Break

  • Delivering Parklets – Darren Bray (Darren Bray Studios), Habib Khan (Meristed Design)
  • Street trees, greening and covid – Howard Grey (Greenblue Urban)
  • School Streets and playing out – Mahalia Sterling (TfL), Robert Nicholas (LB Hackney) and Alice Ferguson (Playing Out)
  • A campaigners perspective – Simon Munk (LCC)
  • Expanding the Public Realm (part of the High Streets for All Mission) – GLA team (Kathryn Timmins/Paul Harper)
  • Discussion – what next?

17.00     End

Past Event

Thu 20/05/21, 9.45am–1.45pm
Online
Related Events: Urban Design

This session explains design policy and guidance, setting out the characteristics of a successful place. We will look at how to ensure places are fit for purpose, encourage easy movement, are accessible and have efficient use of land and resources.

Speakers:

  • Hilary Satchwell, Tibbalds
  • Deborah Saunt, DSDHA
  • Chris Martin, Urban Movement 
  • Jane Hakes, Dacorum and Public Practice
  • Amanda Reynolds, AR Urbanism 

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Past Event

Wed 19/05/21, 9.30am–12pm
Online
Related Events: Streets

We will look at the current policy to encourage more walking and investigate the planning and design principles and tools available to designers wishing to create accessible streets and spaces.

Past Event

Tue 18/05/21, 9.45am–2.30pm
Online
Related Events: Place-maker's Network

An opportunity to discuss how values have shifted and share practical approaches to support better local living.

Speakers:

  • Michael Clemence - Ipsos Mori 
  • Nicola Bacon - Social Life
  • Hannah Groot & Becky Johnson - TfL
  • Emily Williams - Savills 
  • Jamie Dean - GLA
  • Robin Hutchinson - The Community Brain
  • Joel Cohen & Nick Evans - Sport England
  • Ian Brooker - Jacobs
  • Chris Douglas - WSP
  • Aymara Lamche-Brennan - Charlton Brown Architects 
  • Emma Griffin - London’s Living Streets 
  • Colin Wilson - LB Southwark
  • Sripriya Sudhakar - LBTH
  • Lisa Woo - LB Enfield
Past Event

Wed 05/05/21, 10am–1pm
Online

There is much confusion on how to achieve zero carbon and where the milestones lie along the way. This session will look at a range of approaches and discuss the practical challenges.

Agenda

  • Understanding the context to achieving zero carbon for new build housing
    Hannah Gibbs – Future of London
  • Learning from different approaches – Future Homes Standard, Passivhaus and LETI
    Chris Twinn – TwinnSustainabilityInnovation
    Emma Osmundsen – Exeter City Living
    James Woodall – Allies & Morrison
  • Design for a changing climate
    James Woodall – Allies & Morrison
  • Panel discussion
Past Event

Wed 28/04/21, 9.45am–1.30pm
Online
Related Events: Housing

Looking at all aspects of the design of great homes and how they support thriving communities.

Speakers:

  • Esther Kurland, Urban Design London
  • David Ogunmuyiwa, Architecture Doing Place 
  • David Birkbeck, Design for Homes 
  • Kruti Patel, Metropolitan Workshop
  • David Dickerson, DK-Architects
  • Jamie Thompson, DK-Architects

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Past Event

Tue 20/04/21
Online
Related Events: Planning

This session will highlight the plethora of data available as we explore how best to use it, what data is needed to meet targets and how it can help deliver the places we want.

Due to the pre-election period, we will unfortunately not be able to accept bookings from Councillors at this event.

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