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]

Housing Design Awards Seminar 2017

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Promoting design quality in housing is an integral part of Design South East and so we are pleased to support the Housing Design Awards. The 2017 awards will take place on Monday 10th July and are preceded by the Annual Housing Design Awards … [Continue reading]

Read our response to the Government’s White Paper

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The Government is seeking ways to improve both the quality and quantity of new homes built in the UK.  We have responded to the consultation on their proposals, outlining what we would like to see happen to make sure quality is not forgotten in the … [Continue reading]

Join the Board of Design South East

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Design South East wants to extend its influence and impact on the quality of the built environment. To help us do this we want to strengthen the board by developing its diversity, extend its geographic representation across London, the East and the … [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 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]

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]