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Online Launch: National Design Quality Unit
May 27, 2020 @ 10:00 - 11:00 BST
Please join us for the launch of Delivering urban quality – time to get serious, which sets out the case for a Design Quality Unit for England.
The pamphlet is a joint initiative of The Academy of Urbanism, Civic Voice, CPRE, Place Alliance, Trees & Design Action Group and Urban Design Group.
Following the work of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission and the findings in A Housing Design Audit for England, this initiative is calling for a step change in the Government’s focus on, and attention to, design quality. As the Covid-crisis has starkly revealed, the quality of our built environment is critical to our everyday sense of well-being, and will impact profoundly on the future success of our nation. It’s time to get serious about design quality!
- Why we need a Design Quality Unit – Matthew Carmona (Chair, Place Alliance – Professor of Planning and Urban Design, UCL)
- Delivering on the national ambition – Sarah Weir OBE (CEO , Design Council)
- How might a Design Quality Unit operate – Chris Martin (Co-Founder + Director, Urban Movement)
- What would a Design Quality Unit look like – David Rudlin (Former Chair, The Academy of Urbanism – Director, URBED)
- First response, the national need – Andrew Taylor (Director – Head of Planning, Countryside)
- Second response, the local need – Laura Alvarez (Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer, Nottingham City Council)