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The Building Homes Programme is the place to learn how to provide great places to live. This year our events include focus on the current drive to zero carbon, the use of masterplans and design codes and how new housing can respond to the pandemic.

Subscribe to our Building Homes Programme for access to a wide range of events that focus on all stages of the development process and help you overcome the barriers to delivering good quality housing. For more information please get in touch.

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Tue 28/09/21, am

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 to reserve your place.


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


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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Wed 13/10/21, 9.30am–4pm

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.

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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

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Tue 16/11/21, am

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.

Wed 01/12/21

For those involved in housing commissioning, management and delivery, to share ideas, lessons learnt and best practice.

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Wed 19/01/22

How can communities be involved with or lead housing projects? This session will explore the story so far and discuss future directions for resident engagement, resident ballots, community led housing and more, including the growing use of digital methods.

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Wed 09/02/22

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 08/03/22

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 13/07/21, am

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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Thu 10/06/21, 10.00 - 12.30 pm

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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Wed 26/05/21, 10.00 - 12.30 pm

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.

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Wed 05/05/21, 10am–1pm

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.


  • 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

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