UDG's January round up



The year began with the publication of URBAN DESIGN 157 with topic articles reflecting on RESEARCH IN PRACTICE, plus regular features, such as Climate Change Global Digest, EndpieceMy Favourite Plan, Book Reviews, and the latest addition to the Urban Design Library #36: The Production of Space by Henri Lefebvre.
With many thanks to Atkins for their kind sponsorship.


Film night
Workplace: The Connected Space Documentary by filmmaker Gary Hustwit served as the launch pad for a discussion on the future of work and offices. To be followed up as a full evening event on Future Work in March led by Paul Reynolds.

The Blue Monday Urban Design Quiz
Hosted by Joe Holyoak, Graham Smith, Rob Cowan and Robert Huxford

Urban Effects of Lockdown: a UDG Coalition Conversation
The first in a new series of events attended by nearly 200 people, looked at surveys on the sorts of urban environment that have supported people best during the pandemic, the impact of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (including 70 percent reductions in road traffic accidents, and 10 percent reductions in crime), the impact on mental health and wellbeing, and air quality. With presentations from:
Katja StilleChristopher Martin | Matthew Carmona | Rachel Aldred | Karen Wetherall | Zongbo Shi 

Recordings are made available with thanks to our media partner UrbanNous.


UDG Treasurer, Christopher Martin was in conversation with Francis Hollis, Director of Workhome project discussing the history and future of home working.

You can watch all the ideasSPACE conversations on the ideasSPACE youtube channel.

Campaigning + Influencing


A rapidly convened group of Oxfordshire UDG members worked over evenings and a weekend to produce a comprehensive 4,000 word response to Oxfordshire County Council’s Draft Street Design Guidance. The UDG-ICE briefing sheet on current and withdrawn street design standards is available on the UDG website.


A submission was made on behalf of the Group by UDG Treasurer, Paul Reynolds.



Members of the Group have been working with students at the University of Dundee who are working on redesigning parts of Perth and Kinross.


Free job advertisements for UDG Registered Practices has continued with opportunites advertised for:
Allies and Morrison | AR Urbanism | BDP Manchester | JTP | Plymouth City Council | Sustrans | Urban Green | Urban Initiatives