Design blends architecture, landscape architecture, and planning together to make groups of buildings, neighbourhoods, and whole settlements functional, attractive to live in and sustainable.
- How good could it be? A guide to building better places; the TCPA has published this guide for development along garden city principles.
- Slums?: Prince Charles has warned that the world is facing a dystopian future unless it alters its approach to city building.
- Design Fund: The Scottish Government has announced a fund to help local authorities get local communities involved in the design of their area.
- Good design: In a speech to the NHBC, Planning Minister Nick Boles set out his case for house builders pursuing good design.
Policy changes and consultations
Living Places: The Northern Ireland Environment Minister has launched the UK's first ever consultation on an urban stewardship and design guide.
Creating Places: Scotland's new policy statement on architecture and place sets out the comprehensive value good design can deliver.
Minister Ed Vaizey has launched a new independent review of architecture and the built environment to be undertaken by Sir Terry Farrell. The RTPI submission can be read here.
The Bishop Review - published by Design Council CABE this looked at the future of design in the built environment. The British Property Federation (BPF) welcomed the Review.
Place-making: The UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlement Programme) has adopted the first-ever public space resolution which urges the development of a policy approach for the international application of Place-making.
The RTPI Urban Design Network provides a cross-profession route to keeping well informed on and influencing developing policy and practice. Visit its webpages to join the Network.
RTPI projects and research
The RTPI's Seven Commitments on Climate Change seeks to ensure sustainability across all aspects of the built and natural environments.
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 societys 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 planningprovides a vehicle for communities to identify, protect and enhance the assets that matter to them and retain the distinctiveness of their area.
- RTPI events calendar
- Urban Design Evenings: In partnership with the Urban Design Group, Nottingham Trent University is hosting a series of speakers to share knowledge and experience in the creation of better designed places. The series will lead up to the National Conference on Urban Design at Nottingham Trent University in Autumn 2014.
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