Van Gogh Walk, Lambeth

East Bank River Arun, Littlehampton

Clapham Old Town, London

Millennium Town Park St Helier, Jersey

South Quay and Foundry Square, Hayle

Firepool Taunton, Somerset

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

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Place Alliance is excited to announce its second Urban Design Summer School taking place from Thursday 14 till Saturday 16 of September 2017 in the newly refurbished Bartlett School of Architecture at 22 Gordon Street.


If you are attending the Summer School you can find information on timings and directions to the venue here.

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Find out about all other future Events on our What’s On page

  • Design Review Network Summit
    10th October 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • SAVE Britain's Heritage Lecture with Oliver Wainwright
    16th October 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Courtauld Institute of Art - Strand - WC2R 0RN London - United Kingdom

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  • Theatres Trust Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking
    17th October 2017 @ 8:45 am - 7:00 pm
    Lyric Hammersmith - King Street - W6 0QL London - United Kingdom

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A new Place Alliance report summarises the findings of a nationwide survey of urban design skills within local planning authorities and how they have changed over the last five years.

Urban design skills and capacity within local planning authorities are woefully low and declining and  gaps are not being filled by the patchy, albeit increasing, use of design review. Critical gaps now exist within local planning authorities, including the ability to produce proactive design guidance in-house with a focus on positively shaping the future of places.

A very real danger now exists that as we gear up to deliver a greater number of homes nationally, the absence of design expertise locally will result in a new generation of substandard developments. These, moreover, will be with us for generations to come.

The full report can be downloaded here:

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