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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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  • The RTPI alongside Cabe at the Design Council, the Landscape Institute and the RIBA have published the fully revised Design Review: Principles & Practice.
  • Creating Places: Scotland's new policy statement on architecture and place sets out the comprehensive value good design can deliver.


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@rtpiknowledge : Submission of abstracts for 2015 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference @LSBU open until April 1st 2015: 02/03/2015 - 02:09

@rtpiknowledge : Final report from the ESPON TIPSE (Territorial Dimension of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe) project now at: 16/02/2015 - 03:56

@rtpiknowledge : Four reasons why cuts to planning are a false economy - Mike Harris (RTPI blog) @RTPIPlanners 16/02/2015 - 03:41