Urban Update 11 September 2019





Next UDG London Event


Parking in towns and Cities

An unrivalled opportunity to get up to speed on one of the main barriers to efficient land-use, and sustainable development

17 September   ½ day conference 

  • How can the need for parking provision be reduced?
  • How can the land we currently use for parking be put to better use?
  • Are some parking layouts more efficient than others?
  • What is the right level of parking provision for any given location?
  • What pricing options are there?
  • How much do the hidden subsidies really cost?
  • What practical means are there to regulate parking?


Find out the answers to these questions and more at this half day conference organised in partnership with London Living Streets.


13.30 – 17.00 @ The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

  • Parking pricing, and subsidies & update on Centre for London research on 'Future parking and kerbside management'
    Martin Wedderburn, Transport Planning Society & Silviya Barrett, Centre for London
  • Space to Park - best design for parking
    David Birkbeck, Design for Homes
  • Towns for people or towns for parked cars?
    Amanda Reynolds, AR Urbanism & Urban Design Group
  • Integrating transport planning and land use planning, health and liveability
    Jenny Raggett, Transport for New Homes  
  • History of the highway - how the car came to dominate
    David Harrison, London Living Streets
  • Workplace Parking Levy
    Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden (including Transport)
  • Innovations in car parking and urban design - Vauban and beyond
    Emma Griffin, Independent Journalist and Campaigner
  • Reimagining streets without parked cars
    Brenda Peuch, Streets for People 
  • Rethinking parking restrictions and legislation
    Julian O’Kelly, British Parking Association 


Members, Public Sector/Local Authorities, Students £7

Non-members £20




Next UDG North East Event

Wednesday 18th September

6-8pm @ The Gallery, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Newcastle University, NE1 7RU


Town Centre Living:

A Caring Place

Diarmaid Lawlor, Architecture & Design Scotland

Rose Gilroy, Newcastle University

This talk, jointly hosted by the Landscape Institute North East and Urban Design Group, will be given by Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at A&DS. Diarmaid will be discussing A&DS’ recently published report “Town Centre Living: A Caring Place”. Our demographic future is one in which people are living longer and although this is undoubtedly positive, it also challenges us to think about how we ensure that we live not only longer but that we live well. The report puts forward 10 Principles of a Caring Place which place user needs at the heart of decision-making, service provision and investment in our places.


Following Diarmaid’s talk we will also hear from Rose Gilroy, Professor of Ageing, Planning and Policy in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. Professor Gilroy will talk about her research which challenges the dominance of chronology and promotes building houses for all ages.


Free registration:



UDG London

2nd October

6.15-8.00 @ The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ        


Urban Design Lessons from this year's UDG Study Tour to Nantes

Nantes? Why Nantes?

The UDG visit to Nantes and the adjacent St Nazaire in April this year, showed that there are many reasons to travel to the Loire estuary.

Previously an industrial city and an important port, Nantes has reinvented itself as a green city, a cultural hub and a growing employment centre. Meanwhile Saint-Nazaire, massively destroyed during the war and rebuilt in the 50s,  is reassessing its connection with the Atlantic and thriving on dockyard industries.

Public transport, affordable housing and the environment are at the core of these two cities policies.

Sebastian Loew will present some of the key lessons learnt during the visit.

Book your free place


Forward Diary


Empty shops: What happens in Nottingham?

9 Oct 2019 - 10:00am - 3:00pm


City Resilience

16 Oct 2019 - 6:15pm - 8:15pm

@ Perkins Will, London


Kevin Lynch Memorial Lecture

Urban Design and Neuroscience

14 November 2019 – 6.15-8.00 @ UCL

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