Kent Design Masterclass – Designing with Nature

Beyond the policy obligations to promote biodiversity and protect threatened species, are there other benefits to developments driven by considerations of landscape and nature? This masterclass will explore the natural and social capital as well as the increase in marketability that can result from landscape-led masterplanning and ecologically-sensitive development.

Bringing landscape architects to the table at the earliest stage is a recognition that the spaces around the buildings are just as important as the buildings themselves in terms of building a strong sense of community. Early involvement by an ecologist can help smooth the planning and implementation of a development as well as avoiding impacts on habitats and species that can require intensive – and expensive – mitigation and compensation solutions. This masterclass will introduce principles, policies and strategies as well as exemplar case studies that have proposed landscape and ecological processes as drivers of design.

Speakers:

Selina Mason, Lendlease, former Partner at LDA Design and Director of Design Integration, LLDC.

Samuel Durham, Head of Ecology, Lloyd Bore

Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Location: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Click here for directions and further information.

Message to our Local Authority members: Please check with your KPOG representative who will be able to book places at this event on your behalf.

Non-members will be charged £95.00 pp + Vat. Tickets can be booked online.

To book your place, and find about about other forthcoming Kent Design events please visit: Kent Design 

Delivering design quality in Kent and Medway – a one day workshop

Since the publication of the current Kent Design Guide, new tools, techniques, and processes have been developed by local authorities and consultants in Kent, Medway and elsewhere to help promote, foster, and deliver design quality. These include design quality charters, design awards, site masterplans, guides and codes and design review and of course, the Kent Design training and networking programme.

In view of this, Kent County Council have commissioned Design South East to facilitate two workshops to bring people together to share reflections on the effectiveness of the tools and techniques already in use, including the Kent Design Guide and to agree which approaches are the most valuable in terms of providing a foundation for delivering design quality in Kent and Medway.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at the Village Hotel, Maidstone, and is an invitation only event. If you are a built environment professional interested in attending this event please contact julie@designsoutheast.org no later than Friday 27th April.

Please note that, by confirming your attendance at this event, you accept that your Name and Email Address will be shared between Design South East and Kent County Council.

Brighton & Hove City Charrette – 11th December 2017

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Annual Architecture Lecture to discuss Developing Historic Environments

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Every year The Guildford Society holds its Annual Architecture Lecture hosted by the University of Surrey. Run by volunteers to provide a forum for debate about the issues affecting Guildford Town and Borough, the Society is known for holding … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Roundtable: responding to the housing White Paper

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On Tuesday 13th June 2017, a group of Kent Design members including heads of planning from local authorities, housebuilders, architects and consultants met at the Maidstone Museum for a roundtable discussion to ask how far proposals in the … [Continue reading]

Study Tour goes off-site in London

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In July the latest Kent Design study tour took a mixed group of planners and other built environment professionals to visit a series of site across South East London. The tour focused on a range of off-site construction systems, from the CLT system … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass: Design Codes – 11th July

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Controlling quality and embedding character are key challenges facing the design of any new development. Design Codes are one of the best tools for doing this, yet they remain a rarity in the English planning system. We feel this is a missed … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Study Tour: 6th July 2017

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Off-site construction is increasingly challenging traditional practices in the design and construction industry. From modular systems, to more flexible prefabricated frames, there are a wide range of applications that have been used to create some of … [Continue reading]

Margate Arts, Creativity & Heritage (MACH) Conference – 1st February 2017

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This event held at the Turner Contemporary in Margate on 1st February 2017 celebrated the learning from almost 10 years of culture-led placemaking in Margate. With presentations from Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects, Tom Fleming, Tom Fleming … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Neighbourhood Planning Design Surgery – 23rd March 2017

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This Kent Design event held at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury brought together parish councils, neighbourhood forums and district council staff involved in neighbourhood plans to explore best practice on how design and … [Continue reading]