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Bermondsey Spa RTPI Planning Awards 2010Design blends architecture, landscape architecture, and planning together to make groups of buildings, neighbourhoods, and whole settlements functional, attractive to live in and sustainable.

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We believe that:

  • good design is at the heart of a sustainable community
  • the impacts of climate change are such that we must be more attentive to design issues and the need to accommodate adaptation
  • planning and design are society's essential tools for making successful and enjoyable places that will provide a high quality of life, economic growth and environmental protection
  • the design element of planning provides a vehicle for communities to identify, protect and enhance the assets that matter to them and retain the distinctiveness of their area.

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@rtpiknowledge : "We need to design services around assets & capabilities, rather than on people's needs" Dr Michael Harris on health inequality at #WUF. 11/04/2014 - 12:11

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@rtpiknowledge : Dr Michael Harris illustrates the importance of partnership to tackle inequality with examples of best practice from Scotland at #WUF7 10/04/2014 - 11:53