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.


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 

DSE announces a new initiative, our Design for Communities Fund

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 environment in the South East and East of England, outside London. From Colchester to Chichester, Guildford to Gravesham, Reading to Rochester, Slough to Sevenoaks and Worthing to Walton, we want to help local people to deliver projects that support good design for the benefit of communities.

This is the first time our organisation is running the DCF scheme and to do this we are using Crowdfunder, a crowdfunding website dedicated to community projects and it is a great way for us to support projects developed by communities, for communities, alongside the work we do to support improvements in the built environment through our design reviews, training sessions and workshops.

The DCF supports our organisation’s charitable objectives and represents our commitment to investing our surplus revenue to directly benefit communities by:

  • enabling the delivery of high quality sustainable development of benefit to the public
  • increasing community capacity to plan/manage/change the built environment
  • developing community understanding/skills in design, architecture and the built environment

The scheme is very inclusive. Whether a project to introduce minority groups to architecture, a scheme to develop a community centre by revitalising an unused building or to partner with local schools and universities to enhance design awareness in the local area, we are interested in offering our support to the very best projects. We will select the winning projects according to a set of clear criteria and the projects will be run by local people in those communities. The projects must commit to raising 30% of the project value through crowd funding in order to secure our financial support, to a maximum of £10,000 per project.

If you’ve got an idea for a project in your local community, have worked with communities in the east, south east, or know someone that has, we’ll officially be launching the scheme very soon. We want to back local people’s ideas to make a real difference to their community or environment by making local projects happen. Please spread the word and check back to find out more about the criteria for eligibility for DCF support and how to apply.



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