The Design Deficit

Read our latest report summarising the findings of a short survey of urban design skills and approaches based on the responses of 235 local authorities across England, which took place between February and May 2020

Home Comforts During the Covid-19 Lockdown

Read our report summarising the findings of the Home Comforts survey completed by 2,500 households across the UK during the early summer of 2020.

Place Quality Research

Place Alliance has been working with its partners to deliver a programme focussed on generating a knowledge-based line of research about the quality of the built environment and its delivery.

Place Alliance new research finds that housing design in England overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’

A housing design audit for England reveals that 75% of new housing development should not have gone ahead due to ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’ design. 

Place Value Wiki

Place Value Wiki is a collaborative platform for anyone interested in the empirical links between aspects of place quality and aspects of place value.

About Place Alliance

Place Alliance is a movement campaigning for place quality. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration and better communication we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes an everyday national and local priority.

Place Alliance is open to all and brings together organisations and individuals who share the belief that the quality of our built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives.

Place Alliance is hosted by

Latest News

Savills – Delivering Beauty and the Design Skills Deficit

The delivery of this vision for beauty is reliant on a coordinated response from all in the private and public sector, but do the public sector have the skills to deliver this?  The Place Alliance published a report last week call the ‘Design Deficit’ that reviews the...

Cedrec – Study shows huge ‘design deficit’ in planning authority skills

A study by the Place Alliance team at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL warns that it will take until 2077 for every local planning authority to have at least one urban design officer. The research has come whilst the Government moves to a...

The Planner – Huge ‘design deficit’ revealed in planning authority skills

A study by the Place Alliance team at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL warns that it will take until 2077 – another 56 years – for every local planning authority to have at least one urban design officer at current rates of recruitment. Besides an...

What We Do

Research

We focus on a knowledge-based line of research about the quality of the built environment and its delivery. 

Big Meets

Our annual conference is an opportunity to debate on the current issues about the quality of the built environment and its delivery.

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Campaigns

We promote exchange between people across the country who are working on and promoting Place Quality initiatives.

Summer Schools

A summer school aimed at a wide range of professionals and decision-makers involved in making and sustaining successful places. 

Working Groups

Working Groups are open to everyone and define their own agenda.

Get involved

The Place Alliance is a movement for place quality. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration and better communication we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes an everyday national and local priority. Place Alliance is open to all and brings together organisations and individuals who share the belief that the quality of our built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives.

The success of Place Alliance depends on the support of its supporters and volunteers. We welcome all organisations and local groups as well as individuals, town and parish councils, local authorities and businesses as members and supporters of Place Alliance.

Donate

Place Alliance is an independent not-for-profit initiative of UCL. We operate on a tight budget and rely on the generosity of our supporters. For those who wish to make a donation to help grow the Place Alliance network visit our UCL online giving page to make a gift. If you would like more information on how we will spend your donation contact placealliance@ucl.ac.uk. Your support is truly appreciated.