Urban Update 14 June 2019



14 June 2019

  • Next week
  • AoU Congress – Eindhoven
  • Margate Study Trip – Free – Saturday 22
  • New Urban Nous Videos -
  • Framework for Towns and Cities – what stops masterplans from being delivered – Katja Stille
  • Making People Friendly Big Streets – Ian Hingley, Urban Movement
  • Revised events list

Events Next week


Margate – Study Trip
Saturday 22 June

Free day trip to view changes in this fascinating, archetypical seaside town.


Meet colleagues and friends interested in urban design and the changing face of seaside towns in this visit to Margate. 

The event is free, open to one and all, but please book a ticket:

Free tickets on Eventbrite


Guided by Valentina Geordano and Robert Huxford


Areas of interest

  • Sea Bathing Hospital – 18th century
  • Beach and the former boating pond
  • Arlington House 
  • Dreamland
  • Coastal defence and public realm works by harbour
  • The harbour
  • The old town & museum
  • Tudor house
  • The world's largest Staffordshire Blue Brick pavers
  • Shell Grotto
  • R G Scott Architectural Salvage Emporium - located in a former ice works
  • Lido
  • Winter Gardens
  • Turner Contemporary


Enjoy the buzz of this reviving resort. Meet at Margate Railway Station Booking Hall at 11.00 on Saturday 22 June.



A place to Call Home

Urbanism and affordable Housing

AoU Congress 2019


19-22 June


Through a combination of cycling and walking tours, plenary and breakout sessions, panel discussions and speakers from across Europe and beyond, we will learn how Eindhoven and others are creating high quality, yet attainable, living environments and how they are addressing the affordable housing crisis.


Over the course of two and a half days, we will explore topics such as the changing role of the public sector as an affordable housing provider, different community-led housing models, and achieving affordability through innovative design solutions.


Speakers include:

• John Jorritsma, mayor of Eindhoven

• Lord Richard Best, chair of Affordable Housing Commission, London

• Tina Saaby, former city architect of Copenhagen


Plus tours to:

Strijp S, T and R; Housing projects Woensel-West, Plan Celsius, Vredeoord and Meerhoven; Urban renewal areas Philipsdorp, Kruidenbuurt, Eikenburg and Beamix 3D house printing site


Book Now:



Urban Design and Politicians – Debate

Wednesday 3 July 6.15-8.15 70 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EJ

Come and debate with Tim Hagyard the contentious and heartfelt issues raised in the soon to be published eponymous edition of Urban Design.



The Great Bridges of England

Monday 22 July 6.15-8.15 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EJ

Bridges have formed a profound but uncelebrated part of this island’s history.  Essential for the operation of an urban economy, sometimes the work of charity or religious devotion, critical to defence, and often bearing the mark of past warfare, they continue to serve us today, with some structures 800 years old still carrying modern traffic.

Join three of the world’s leading experts as they share their insight and enthusiasm for these remarkable works.  

Includes new research on the Buildings of London Bridge: visualisations based show how the medieval London Bridge was an extension of the City, lined by shops, a chapel and a major public convenience (destined to collapse into the Thames with significant loss of life – not a good way to go).



National Urban Design Conference 2019

Birmingham  26.27.28 September  - Diary Date

Making People-Friendly Places

Over 40 people responded to the call for papers.  Booking will open later in June.  As in previous years, the conference will be run on a non-profit making basis, with subsidised tickets for local authorities, and not-for-profit organisations.   

The conference takes place in the stunning Birmingham Science Museum, in a former Imax cinema.     



Urban Nous videos



Why are well conceived urban design masterplans so rarely realised? - New

Katja Stille, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design


Making People Friendly Big Streets - Redesigning a City Street - New

Ian Hingley, Urban Movement


Creating Neighbourhoods not Housing Estates - Introduction

Noha Nasser


Councillors’ Attitudes to Residential Design

Matthew Carmona


Is the quality of design an economic issue?

David Rudlin


Scores of recorded urban design lectures kindly provided by Fergus Carnegie.


2019 Events


Urban Design Study Visit - Margate

22 Jun 2019 - 11:00am


Urban Design and the Politician

3 Jul 2019 - 6:15pm- 8:15pm


The Great Bridges of England

22 Jul 2019 - 6:15pm- 8:15pm


Parking Conference

17 Sep 2019 - 1:00pm- 5:00pm


Transport for New Homes



Historic Towns and Villages Forum


York: Planning for the future with heritage in mind

Thursday 27th June 2019

Buxton: Resilient Cultural Heritage & the Role of the Visitor Economy

Thursday 17th October 2019



IHBC Annual School – Nottingham 2019

Heritage, Risk & Resilience confronting conservation calamities
Fire – Flood – Structural Failure

4-6 July



Urban Design London


Cost conscious street design

25 June

The changing role of the London Street

9 July

Design and the Historic Environment

18 July


Academy of Urbanism

AoU Congress Eindhoven – A Place to Call Home: Urbanism and affordable housing

June 20 - June 22

Centre for Cities


The march of city placemakers

19 June  2019 – Birmingham

Housing supply and affordability in high-demand cities

24 July

Civic Voice


Civic Day

22nd June

Festival of Archaeology


13-28 July

Future of London


Summer Conference: Water Works

20 June, 8:45 am – 6:00 pm

Good Homes Alliance


Vanguard Campaign – London

Thursday 27th June

Kent Design


Brexit, Beauty and Brockenshire

20 June

Major Sites Network

17 July





Garden Towns – A wider perspective

18 July 2019

Didcot Civic Hall, South Oxford

Visit to Stratford, London Spotlight on key developments

September 2019

Landscape Institute



Museum of Walking


Walks continue through June


Nottingham Urban Room


Place Alliance



Festival of Place

9 July  London



Healthy City Design 2019

Designing for utopia or dystopia?
People and planetary health at a crossroads

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK,

14–15 October 2019





Urban Designers and Masterplanners - edge Urban Design


Principal Urban Design Officer - London Borough of Lewisham

Catford, London

Architectural / Urban Designer - Pegasus


Planners / Urban Designers (all levels) - Hampshire County Council


Senior Urban Designer - Sustrans


Urban Design Director – Savills Birmingham


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