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Our 2021/22 London Programme events focus on how urban design, planning, housing, landscape, public realm, streets and transport issues are dealt with in the capital.

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Thu 13/05/21, 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.

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, TfL
  • Emily Williams, Savills 
  • Aymara Lamche-Brennan, Charlton Brown Architects 
  • Emma Griffin, London’s Living Streets 
  • Sripriya Sudhakar, LBTH
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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.

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 

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Tue 15/06/21, Half Day - morning
Zoom

This briefing will hear from the government and their partners with updates including progress in setting up the National Design Quality Body and developing the updated Manual for Streets.

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Thu 17/06/21
Online
Related Events: Streets

We will consider the attributes of a good cycle route, network planning principles, and discuss best practice in the design of junctions, crossings and side roads.

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

We will introduce relevant policy and guidance and discuss design approaches to greening neighbourhoods. The training will include site visits to exemplary projects to investigate the construction detailing and maintenance requirements to ensure these living systems thrive.

Wed 30/06/21, am
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.

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.

Wed 07/07/21
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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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.

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

Tue 07/09/21
Related Events: Planning

Design codes are both process and a document for setting out a set of illustrated design requirements for a specific site or a wider area. This session will introduce the process, explaining what to include when and the objectives required for each design code.

Tue 14/09/21
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.

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Wed 15/09/21
Related Events: Housing

This session explores both the London Plan and guidance documents and national changes to housing standards, looking at how these support the creation of great places into the longer term.

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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. (including a look at issues of displacement arising from LTNs etc).

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

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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.

Thu 30/09/21
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.

Tue 05/10/21
Related Events: Design Review Network

Those involved in Reviews tend to agree that they are useful and have a good impact on the quality of development schemes, but it can be hard to capture the right information to prove this.  We will discuss ideas on how best to explain impact to others.

Wed 06/10/21
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.

Thu 14/10/21
Related Events: Planning

Looking in depth at how design codes can be evaluated and reviewed throughout the planning process, how they will be implemented and how best to interpret codes to ensure they deliver good placemaking.

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Thu 21/10/21
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.

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Tue 02/11/21, 10am–12pm
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.

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

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Wed 03/11/21
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.

Wed 10/11/21
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.

Thu 11/11/21
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.

Thu 18/11/21
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.

Tue 23/11/21
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.

Wed 24/11/21
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.

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Thu 02/12/21, 10am–12pm
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.

Tue 07/12/21
Related Events: Design Review Network

A 2021 survey of design support providers showed real growth in the number of community design review panel sessions being delivered.  We will discuss their usefulness, how best to run these, and how to link Design Review and community input.

Thu 09/12/21
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 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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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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Thu 24/02/22
Related Events: Streets

This session is aimed at highway engineers who would like to develop their understanding of SuDS and develop their skills in designing and delivering them as an integrated element of a highway improvement project.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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