Does England need a National Design Quality Unit?

Online Event via Zoom
Wed, 27/05/2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join Place Alliance & Partners for the launch of "Delivering urban quality – time to get serious" pamphlet

The pamphlet - which sets out the case for a Design Quality Unit for England - is a joint initiative of The Academy of Urbanism, Civic Voice, CPRE, Design Council, Place Alliance, Trees & Design Action Group and Urban Design Group.

Following the work of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission and the findings in A Housing Design Audit for England, the initiative is calling for a step change in the Government’s focus on, and attention to, design quality. As the Covid-crisis has starkly revealed, the quality of our built environment is critical to our everyday sense of well-being, and will impact profoundly on the future success of our nation. It’s time to get serious about design quality!

About this Event

The launch will consist of a number of quick fire presentations followed by a discussion: 

Chaired by Roger Harrabin  BBC Energy and Environment Analyst

Why we need a Design Quality Unit : Matthew Carmona  Place Alliance Chair, Professor of Planning and Urban Design, UCL

Delivering on the national ambition : Sarah Weir OBE  CEO, Design Council

How might a Design Quality Unit operate : Chris Martin  Urban Design Group; Co-Founder + Director, Urban Movement

What would a Design Quality Unit look like : David Rudlin  Director, URBED, The Academy of Urbanism Former Chair

First response, the national need : Andrew Taylor  Director Head of Planning, Countryside

Second response, the local need : Laura Alvarez  Convenor, Urban Design Group East Midlands; Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer, Nottingham City Council