Kent Design Masterclass: An integrated approach to placemaking

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Balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users is a major challenge as we design junctions, new housing developments and town centres. This masterclass will concentrate on how decisions are made about access and … [Continue reading]

NLA conference in association with DSE – 28th June 2018

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London and the Wider South-East region accommodate one third of the population of England, and the growth projected for the next decades will mean the provision of millions of additional new homes, infrastructure and jobs. London’s growth is not … [Continue reading]

Study tour for local authority officers & councillors

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With an increasing need to build at higher densities in Brighton and Hove, DSE organised a tour for Brighton & Hove City Council officers and councillors to look at precedent schemes in London. This tour looked at a variety of schemes from estate … [Continue reading]

Design Quality Conference delivers a powerful message

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Design Quality Conference delivers powerful message but will the new NPPF follow through? A powerful message emerged from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘Design Quality Conference’ held in London at the end of April … [Continue reading]

Design for Communities Fund on Crowdfunder

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Have you got an idea for a project to improve your area for the benefit of the local community or do you know someone that has? The Design for Communities Fund created by Design South East has pledged up to £10,000 to support innovative crowdfunding … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass – Designing with Nature

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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 … [Continue reading]

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

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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 … [Continue reading]

DSE announces a new initiative, our Design for Communities Fund

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DSE is delighted to announce our new Design for Communities Fund (DCF) which will invest from the charity’s annual reserves to support projects designed to strengthen a community’s design skills or that result in improvements to a community’s built … [Continue reading]

CALA scheme approved after DSE reviews

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Surrey Heath Borough Council has granted approval to CALA Homes for a scheme for 215 homes as part of the redevelopment of the Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut. DSE have conducted a series of design reviews of the Princess Royal Barracks … [Continue reading]

Meet our new Design Advisor – Helen Goodwin

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Helen has recently been awarded her doctoral degree for her PhD research supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council exploring the impact of design on the public and community life of three newly regenerated town squares funded by the Mayor … [Continue reading]