Join our panel

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  DSE is seeking new members for its Expert Panel. Panel members sit on our design review panels and also help us with design workshops, design advice and training. Our panel consists of leading practitioners in all the built environment … [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]

Summary: Brighton & Hove City Charrette – 20th March 2017

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On 20th March 2017, around 80 people debated 10 critical issues for the future of Brighton and Hove. After hearing from 4 speakers, participants worked in facilitated groups, exploring the challenges the city faced and collaborating on solutions. … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Study Tour: Bow to Barking – 30th March 2017

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As part of the Kent Design programme we led a study tour around East London looking at medium to high density housing. Focusing on a range of issues such as housing typologies, public realm design and integration of mixed uses, we explored how such … [Continue reading]

Study Tour: Building at Density: learning from London

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With ambitious housing targets and concern over the loss of countryside, there is a strong case for considering higher density housing development in Kent and Medway. However, previous poor practice has led to suspicion of ‘non-traditional’ … [Continue reading]

Brighton & Hove City Charrette

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On Monday March 20th we will be hosting a charrette to help shape the thinking about the future of Brighton & Hove. We will be joining leaders and influencers in the City, the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, members of the … [Continue reading]

Whose job is it anyway: a question of leadership?

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Quality of place matters; it provides the structure through which communities grow and it strengthens local economies. The transformation of places as different as Sheffield and Cambridge show that leaders manage to deliver quality despite limited … [Continue reading]

Conference: Maximising the Heritage and Culture Potential of Place

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Kent has rich historic and cultural environments that are important assets but are we doing enough to creatively manage them and to maximise the heritage potential for inward investment and building visitor economies? As in many places, Kent … [Continue reading]

Margate Arts, Culture & Heritage (MACH) Conference

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Culture-led Placemaking in Margate and a future vision for Creative Thanet After years of challenge, Margate has become the envy of seaside resorts around the country, not only for its flagship place-making projects but also for the vibrancy of … [Continue reading]