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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!

Chaired by Roger Harrabin (BBC Energy and Environment Analyst), the launch will consist of a number of quick fire presentations followed by a discussion.
  • 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)
  • Discussion
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Please note that the Zoom event has a limited capacity of 500 partecipants which will be allocatded on a first come first served basis.


You can download a copy of the pamphlet here: https://bit.ly/PA-Campaign2020_DesignQualityUnit


May 27, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 BST
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