Urban Update 2 July 2019


3 June 2019

·       Urban Design Journal Latest
Latest Edition – Urban Design and Politicians – Now Published

Urban Design and Climate Change – Now online – download free

·       Career opportunities – 8 vacancies + 1 extra today

·       2019 Housing Design Awards – Book Your Tickets

·       Urban Design and Politicians – Join the debate


Urban Design Journal Latest


Urban Design and Climate Change

Now online – free to download


Urban Design and Politicians

In the post

Urban Design and Politicians
– Join the Debate

Wednesday 3 July 2019 6.15-8.15  - The Gallery – 70 Cowcross Street

Do we get the politicians we deserve?  Do we expect too much of them?  How can we expect to have a long-term approach to towns and cities when politicians are in office for as little as four years, and are often weighed down by short-term pressures?

Join others to debate the Governance of Towns and Cities

Hear the results of the UDG member’s survey on Urban Design and Politicians

Debate Proposals such as:

·        well-resourced national agencies to be established to raise standards of urban design and placemaking.

·        all local planning and highway authorities have sufficient competent in-house urban design expertise to guarantee excellence in new development.

·        people-centred street design to be made obligatory, backed by design training for all highway professionals.

·        National design guidance to be created and made a material consideration in determining planning applications.

·        Design review to be made mandatory for all major development and highway schemes

·        A goal that goes beyond the current definition of sustainable development, to reflect climate crisis.

Too far away to attend?

Email your comments and questions to administration@udg.org.uk

The event is led by Tim Hagyard, who may also be asked the question whether, when it comes to the planning and design of towns and cities, we are under less of a democracy, and more of a Timocracy.

Book your ticket now…


The 2019 Housing Design Awards

Thu, 11 July 2019 13:45 – 20:30 BST

2 Savoy Place, off Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 0BL

Not just the awards, but presentations from leading architects and designers

·        Can you really sell family houses at 3 times the normal coverage rate?

·        What’s sacred and what’s shared when designing cohousing?

·        How to get medieval with 21st century expectations

·        Making light of the straight and narrow

·        Intensifying Metroland

·        Landscape as the soul of a dense neighbourhood

An inspirational event.

Book your ticket now



The Great Bridges of England

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


Bridges are critical to 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 theBuildings 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


Improving the Process used to identify land for development - New

Paul Reynolds, Urben


Why are well conceived urban design masterplans so rarely realised?

Katja Stille, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design


Making People Friendly Big Streets - Redesigning a City Street

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 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



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


The changing role of the London Street

9 July

Design and the Historic Environment

18 July


Academy of Urbanism

Mid-Year Review 19 + Talk: ‘TOWARDS LONDON 3.0’ by Patricia Brown

July 23 @ 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Centre for Cities


Housing supply and affordability in high-demand cities

24 July - London

Civic Voice


Festival of Archaeology


13-28 July

Events across the UK

Future of London


Good Homes Alliance


Kent Design


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



Graduate Urban Designer- BDP


Research Fellowship in the Built Environment - Royal Commission 1851


Researcher, Architectural and Urban History (Heritage Team) - Montagu Evans

5 Bolton St, London W1J 8BA

Graduate (Historic Environment and Townscape), Planning and Development - Montagu Evans

Bolton Street, London, W1J 8BA

Urban Designers and Masterplanners - edge Urban Design


Senior Urban Designer - PRP


Principal Urban Design Officer - London Borough of Lewisham

Catford, London

Architectural / Urban Designer - Pegasus


Urban Design Director - Savills Urban Design Studio


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