Does England need a National Design Quality Unit?
Join Place Alliance & Partners for the launch of Delivering Urban Quality – Time To Get Serious pamphlet.
The pamphlet, which sets out the case for a Design Quality Unit for England, is a joint initiative of The Academy of Urbanism, Civic Voice, CPRE, Design Council, Place Alliance, Trees & Design Action Group and the Urban Design Group.
Following the work of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission and the findings in A Housing Design Audit for England, the initiative is calling for a step change in the Government’s focus on, and attention to, design quality. As the Covid-crisis has starkly revealed, the quality of our built environment is critical to our everyday sense of well-being, and will impact profoundly on the future success of our nation. It’s time to get serious about design quality!
The launch will consist of a number of quick fire presentations followed by a discussion:
Chaired by Roger Harrabin BBC Energy and Environment Analyst
- Matthew Carmona
Place Alliance Chair, Professor of Planning and Urban Design, UCL
WHY WE NEED A DESIGN QUALITY UNIT
- Sarah Weir OBE
CEO, Design Council
DELIVERING ON THE NATIONAL AMBITION
- Christopher Martin
Urban Design Group; Co-Founder + Director, Urban Movement
HOW MIGHT A DESIGN QUALITY UNIT OPERATE
- David Rudlin
Director, URBED, The Academy of Urbanism Former Chair
WHAT WOULD A DESIGN QUALITY UNIT LOOK LIKE
- Andrew Taylor
Director Head of Planning, Countryside
FIRST RESPONSE: THE NATIONAL NEED
- Laura Alvarez
Convenor, Urban Design Group East Midlands; Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer, Nottingham City Council
SECOND RESPONSE: THE LOCAL NEED