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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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Thu 26/05/22, 10am–12.45pm
Zoom

Join us to discuss practical ways in which the design and management of places can help to reduce violence against women and girls. The session will include looking at examples of places people feel safe or unsafe in to help identify common characteristics we should look to avoid or help design in.

Agenda

10.00 Welcome

  • Introduction, Farah Benis (FFA Security Group & Founder, Catcalls of LDN)
  • Safety & Health, Julia Thrift (TCPA)

10.30 Ways forward

  • Improving the way we plan for safety, Dinah Bornat (ZCD Architects)
  • Understanding where and why women and girls feel unsafe, Marina Milosev (LLDC)
  • Safe in the City Apps, Laura Butterworth (LB Waltham Forest)

11.30 Tea Break

11.45 Workshop: What are the characteristics of places we feel safe or unsafe in? Lead by Deborah Saunt (DSDHA Architects), Olaide Oboh (Socius Development Limited) & Sophie Thompson (LDA Design)

12.45 Round up & Close

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Thu 06/10/22, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes

Considering how to achieve outcome focussed design that will help you speed through planning, including working with the community through co-design and community design panels.

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Wed 30/11/22, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes

Looking at the different types of homes you may wish to see built, which are needed where and top design tips for each, including an update on the Small Sites Programme.

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Tue 17/01/23, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom
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Looking at the many design tools available that can help you achieve great homes and neighbourhoods including masterplans, design codes, and parameter plans.

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Wed 22/02/23, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom
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Covering the practicalities of home delivery – reviewing design, writing bids, procurement and managing relationships.

Thu 30/03/23, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom
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This session helps you draw lessons to feed into future development, evaluating both homes and the places they help create.

Past Event

Mon 23/05/22, 11am
Palestra
Related Events: UDL In-Person

We are delighted to offer this site visit kindly hosted by LB Camden and Architects Hawkins\Brown. The scheme has an innovative mix of both retrofit and newbuild and is the largest Passivhaus scheme in the UK. We will hear about the vision underpinning the scheme and discuss the placemaking, building design and energy performance.

To reserve your place, please email us at info@urbandesignlondon.com

Past Event

Thu 19/05/22, 10am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Urban Futures

This session continues the fascinating Urban Challenge project we ran in 2021 looking at new ways of considering, planning, designing and managing places. This session will focus on neighbourhoods, the building blocks of towns and cities.

Agenda

10.00 Welcome & Introduction

10.10 Local Living – Creating a New Framework for Policy,

Charlie Peel

10:30 Building a New Neighbourhood – The Phoenix Project,

Jonathan Smales

10:50 Start Where you Live… ‘Unleashing Your Real IP’, Gary

Loftus

Q&A

Comfort Break

11:30 Doughnut Economics, Laura Boyle

11:50 Sustrans Research on Walkable Neighbourhoods,

Megan Streb

Q&A

12:30 Wrap Up & Close

Past Event

Tue 17/05/22, 9.30am–12.30pm
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes

An all-round introduction to housing design, from how a development links to the wider community through to how a home is designed.

Agenda

09.45 Registration

10.00 Welcome & Overview – Why does housing design matter?

  • Understand the importance of home design and how it fits into good placemaking. Setting home design in context, looking at challenges and trends, Tom Copley (GLA)

Key characteristics of good housing design - Exploring the three key levels of housing development – relationship to the wider neighbourhood, the parts of a development and the design of the home.

10.15 Wider – Relating a development to the neighbourhood knitting the development into the wider physical, social and economic context, Esther Kurland (UDL)

  • Case Study – Wider Level: Hackney Gardens, LB Hackney, Charles Jabre (DLA Architecture)
  • Q&A

Comfort break

10.45 Site – How can the parts of a development work together well? Looning at types and tenures, outside and inside spaces focussing on design for people, recycling and waste, Kruti Patel (Metropolitan Workshop)

  • Case Study – Site level: Beechwood Mews, LB Barnet, Phil Hamilton (Peter Barber Architects)
  • Q&A

11.10 Home – Understanding aspects of good design in the home environment, Mellis Haward (Archio Ltd.)

  • Case Study – Home level: Sutherland Road, Walthamstow, Kim Walker (Levitt Bernstein)
  • Q&A

Comfort break

11.40 Annotation Exercise

  • Practical exercise in breakout groups annotating drawings to explore learning on the three levels of design, feeding back to the wider group.

12.20 Bringing design to life

  • Understand how the principles are used in practice within policy and guidance to deliver homes and places fit for London, and how these are being embedded in projects funded by the GLA, Elliot Kemp (GLA) & Alison Mayer (GLA)
  • Q&A

12.45 Wrap up & Close

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