The Design Companion

These events are based on UDL’s recently published book on design guidance for planners. The book was prepared by a wide range of planning and design experts who will speak at the events, helping those involved in placemaking secure higher standards of design and deliver better places.

Thu 31/01/19

Public Space Design

Fully Booked

Examining how planners can consider and influence the design of public spaces to deliver high quality places; offering local economic, environmental and social benefits.


  • Jonny McKenna, Metropolitan Workshop
  • Landscape Makes the Liveable City – Fenella Griffin, Untitled Practice
  • Interchange Design: Designing for Desire Lines – Marta Liut, TfL
  • Design in the Historic Context – Marie Burns, Burns + Nice

Sponsored by Metropolitan Workshop

Location: Palestra
Wed 27/02/19

Environmental Design

Exploring the environmental issues that planners need to consider including wind, temperature, daylight and water management.

Location: 55 Broadway
Wed 27/03/19

Designing Town Centres and Interchanges

Looking at how we design and manage our town centres and transport interchanges and ensuring the places we share ideas, buy goods and meet in are a loved and valued resource.

Location: Palestra
Wed 12/12/18
Past Event

Street Design

A look at how streets can achieve their full potential to serve buildings and their occupants, to enable movement by foot or by bicycle, and to be places to linger and enjoy.
Tue 13/11/18, 9am–4pm
Past Event

Housing Design

How will we meet our housing targets and make sure it is quality over quantity?  We investigate housing design, sharing expertise on how best to deliver quality homes.  We look at the importance of accessibility, explore Croydon’s new residential SPD and ask; what makes a house a home?


Wed 31/10/18, 9am–1pm
Past Event

Landscape Design

With a focus on London’s environment; we discuss the importance of delivering green infrastructure in your borough and learn how to assess landscape proposals and drawings in a practical workshop.

Tue 09/10/18, 10am–3pm
Past Event

Design and the Historic Environment

We are off to Brixton for a practical heritage workshop with expert David McDonald, and visiting the recently renovated Lambeth Town Hall and nearby The Department Store. Spaces are limited due to site visit restrictions so book early to avoid disappointment.

Thu 13/09/18, 9am–4pm
Past Event

Building Tall Neighbourhoods

Join us for an investigation into the environmental and social impact of tower clusters in the planning pipeline; will they provide the housing we need and create prosperous neighbourhoods for everyone in the community?

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