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]

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]

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]

Urban Design Autumn School: Growing the City: Designing the Urban Edge

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From 9.00am Thursday 6 until 5.00pm Friday 7 October 2016 University for the Creative Arts, New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3AN The Urban Design Autumn School offers amazing learning opportunities with some of the UK’s … [Continue reading]