Urban Design Events

The Urban Design Group holds regular events which since the outbreak of Covid 19 have taken place via Zoom. We look forward face to face / hybrid meet ups in the not too distant future!

Most of our online events are free and are open to the general public as well as members. Registration is required and you can do this via the event listings below or our Eventbrite page.

Upcoming Events

Urban Design Group Events Character + Local Distinctiveness
Wednesday 14 April 2021 - 18:00
This event aims to sharpen our understanding of what we mean by character and local distinctiveness. Is it architecture and the shape of buildings? Is it about details? Is it about materials or colours? Is it about the shape of streets? Is it about the people who live and work there? And most importantly how do we change anywherevilles to somewherevilles?  
Urban Design Group Events Walking and cycling to and from railway stations
Wednesday 21 April 2021 - 18:00
This event looks at best practice in providing inclusive access to railway stations, aiming to provide passengers travelling on foot, by bicycle or bus, safe, comfortable, attractive and direct routes, that will help to make railway use a first choice over the use of a car.
UDG Event
Wednesday 12 May 2021 - 18:00
This second event in the Manual for Streets 3 Series focuses on the design of parking, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of different types of design, including on-street, curtilage, garage, rear parking courts, parking barns, undercrofts, plus car sharing and car-free development.
Urban Design Group Events London Borough Healthy Streets Scorecard 2021
Tuesday 6 July 2021 - 10:00
A London-wide coalition of transport and environment campaigners publishes the 2021 London Borough Healthy Streets Scorecard. For the third year running, the Scorecard Coalition compares London boroughs on the action they’ve taken to promote active and sustainable travel in line with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy targets. Speakers will include those involved with front line delivery...

Recent Events (View Events Archive)

Urban Design Group Events Towards a new Manual for Streets 3: what do we need?
Wednesday 31 March 2021 - 18:00
Manual for Streets is being revised. This is the first in a series of events aiming to provide a voice to practitioners with an interest in better designed towns and cities. We will debate the policy and principles that a new manual should reflect, such as inclusive design, and climate responsive urbanism, and the range of other technical and planning guidance alongside which the manual will need...
Urban Design Group Events Water + The City
Wednesday 17 March 2021 - 18:00
A jointly hosted event with the Landscape Institute London Branch, we look at UK and international efforts to build cloudburst resiliency - how to manage the short, sharp downpours of rain which overpower our traditional urban drainage systems, inundate urban areas, and potentially cause severe damage flood to our shops and homes. 
Urban Design Group Events What do we need from the next Mayor of London?
Thursday 11 March 2021 - 16:00
The UDG is part of a coalition of professional bodies, representing over 100,000 individuals working across the built environment, collectively assembling an expert panel to discuss what London needs of its next Mayor.
UDG Event
Wednesday 10 March 2021 - 18:00
For the second in this series of events, presenters drawn from different areas of expertise within the built environment will talk about the draft National Model Design Code.
Urban Design Group Events Future Work
Wednesday 3 March 2021 - 18:00
Since the Covid-19 lockdown has forced millions of employees to adapt to working remotely, we consider the potential  demise of the office with the trend for home working expected to continue well after the pandemic subsides.