Event report: Housing Alternatives - The Role of Design at Newcastle University

A one day symposium held to explore the role of design in alternative housing models has been a great success.  The symposium investigated the role of design throughout the delivery process of a variety of models, such as housing co-operatives, co-housing, self-build, community led housing projects, low impact alternatives and social housing and contextualise it into the paradigm of neighbourhood planning.

The event, organised by Georgia Giannopoulou and Konrad Miciukiewicz of Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, and Mark Siddall of LEAP architects, was held in Culture Lab on Wednesday 26 June and presentations were given by a number of stakeholders, from representatives from the city council, to practitioners, to members of community groups.

Presentations focused on a range of case studies and hands-on experience of professionals who have been involved in such schemes, with discussion afterwards.  The day concluded with round table discussions on a number of key topics and feedback from the event was excellent, with some comments being:

"Well organised and thought through. Good discussion topics and choice of speakers - thank you"

"Thank-you for a very informative and useful event"

"Worthwhile event with great mix of people"

The School of Architecture Planning and Landscape hope to launch a series of events on similar themes in the near future.  If you would like to participate or be kept informed of these events please contact anne.fry@ncl.ac.uk