UDG's March round up



UDG members received the latest Urban Design Directory profiling exemplar projects from practice members and featuring articles on Strategic Urban Design by Roger Evans; Street Design Standards by Robert Huxford; Zero Waste Masterplanning by Jane Manning and Inclusive Public Spaces by Katja Stille.

Copies will be sent to House Builders, Developers and Local Authorities in May / June to coincide with likely return to offices.


Future Work​
As a follow up to January's Annual Film Night (Workplace: The Connected Space Documentary), UDG Secretary, Paul Reynolds convened and chaired an event looking at the future of work in the post-pandemic world with:
Diarmid Lawlor | Alex Cochrane | Andy Graham | John Avry

National Model Design Code - event 2
For the second in this series of events, presenters drawn from different areas of expertise within the built environment discussed the draft NMDC (tranport; planning; property; water; environment; community; skills). Chaired by UDG Chair, Katja Stille with presentations from:
Phil Jones | Helen Flage | Tony Mulhall | Sue Illman | Sue Jamesl | Martina Juvara | Rob Cowan

Water + The City
Jointly hosted with Landscape Insitute London Branch we discussed management of cloudbursts and international examplar practice examples. Chaired by Paul Reynolds with presentations from:
Louise Walker | Peter Mackey | Owen Richards | Ian Lanchbury | Zac Tudor + Roger Newell

Towards a new Manual for Streets 3: what do we need?
The first in a series of events aiming to provide a voice to practitioners with an interest in better designed towns and cities.Chaired by UDG Chair, Katja Stille with presentations from:
Kenny Aiken | Colin Davis | Julie Futcher | Glenn Higgs | Robert Huxford | Phil Jones | Stefan Kruckowski | Jeremy Leach | Tim Pharoah | Brenda Peuch | Graham Smith 

See also follow up event on 12 May: Manual for Streets 3: Designing Parking

Check the event archive page for further details and presentations from UDG events. Recordings are made available with thanks to our media partner UrbanNous.

Campaigning + Influencing


Draft Revised National Planning Policy Statement for England
After a number of workshops to discuss issues raised by the draft NPP the UDG responded expressing concern over the failure of the planning system to deliver sustainably located development of acceptable quality and called for a single shared mechanism for the planning and design of the built environment.

With many thanks to:
Adriana Bonilla | Rob Cowan | Roger Evans | Helen Flage | Colin Pullan | Barry Sellers | Kenji Shermer | Katja Stille

National Model Design Code and Guidance Notes
Following a series of public events attended by nearly 400 practitioners from engineering, design, planning, landscape, architecture and development sectors, and extensive workshop sessions, the UDG made a number of suggestions to Government for improving the effectiveness of the draft guidance on the production of design codes.

With many thanks to:
Adriana Bonilla | Rob Cowan | Roger Evans | Helen Flage | Sue Illman | Sue James | Phil Jones | Martina Juvara | Tony Mulhall | Colin Pullan | Barry Sellers | Kenji Shermer | Katja Stille


In February UDG signed up as supporter of the Climate Framework an across-industry action group initiative to upskill and build our collective capacity for climate action. In March UDG Chair, Katja Stille was invited to join the Cross-Industry Task Group representing various professional institutes, member organisations and academic institutions.



What do we need from the next Mayor of London?
The UDG was 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.
Chaired by Peter Murray, Chair New London Architecture.

Ideas with Beers
UDG Director, Robert Huxford and David Harrison of London Living Streets presented the History of Streets parts 2 and 3 (part 1 in February)

Hosted by Brian Deegan, Ideas with Beers is a weekly session discussing topics in transport (particularly walking, cycling and decarbonisation). Held every Tuesday at 5pm UK time on zoom. Contact ideaswithbeers@gmail.com for the link.


In March the UDG Exec were delighted to approve new Recognised Practitioners:
George Payiatis | Sean Cleary


Members of the Group continue to work with students at the University of Dundee who are working on redesigning parts of Perth and Kinross.


During March new opportunites were posted for:
Dacorum Borough Council | EDP | Guildford Borough Council | JTP | London Borough of Hackney | Pegasus Group | South Downs National Park | Swansea Council

Income from job advertisements on the UDG website help to support the UDG's charitable activities.