PASS 2016

15-17 September 2016, London

The very first Place Alliance Urban Design Summer School was an intensive three-day course that provided a grounding in ideas about the nature, role and contemporary relevance of urban design and aimed at breaking down the barriers between built environment professions.

Each day focused on a different stage of the design process, from analysis to design concept, to coding and design review.
The programme was structured into a series of masterclasses over the three days, along with other activities such as workshops, site visits and networking.

About PASS 2016: 

Transforming Cities, Towns and Public Spaces through Placemaking

The Summer School:

  • introduced delegates to urban design principles and processes
  • took them systematically through the stages of site analysis, visioning and coding
  • introduced the basic skills required to communicate urban design
  • inspired with the latest thinking and practice in urban design

The masterclasses

The programme was structured into a series of masterclasses over
the three days, starting from how to understand place (by David Rudlin), how to create a vision for a place (by Laura Mazzeo) and, finally, how to use Design Codes as delivery tools for placemaking (by Roger Evans and Annemarie de Boom). 

The Design Project: Tottenham Hale

The place making project run over the three days of the summer school and moved from analysis, through vision to prescription. For the purposes of the project the delegates were organised between 8 groups of four/five according to their background in order to bring their various perspectives and skills to bear on the project and support one another. In each group delegates were are to play the role of a local authority planning team, looking to explore the potential of a site and set key parameters for its future development

Site Visits: Good Practice

The site visits to King’s Cross and Woodberry Down were organised as part of the Summer School programme to provide the participants with the opportunity to learn from experiencing a variety of urban contexts. 

The visits included two case studies that represent both best practice and varied professional environments in order to show the complexities of the design and development process of large scale residential and mixed-use developments

Featured Talks & Presentations

Place Alliance is thankful to all PASS 2016 speakers for being so generous with their time. We really appreciate the involvement and we are grateful for the time and effort speakers took to share their thoughts and experiences with all our Supporters. We hope that they enjoyed contributing and have gained further insight from the experience.

You can also download Tips & Tricks presentations:

As well as Woolwich Central Presentation

Roger Evans

Principal Director @Studio REAL


Roger has led major urban design studies for a wide range of historic, new and emerging towns and cities throughout the UK and also in Europe and the Middle East.

He led the research and writing of the new Urban Design Compendium 2 (UDC2) for what is now the Homes and Communities Agency. Studio | REAL received the Urban Design Group Practice Award for 2012 and the new neighbourhood at Newhall, Harlow, for which we are master planners, is currently listed for the AoU Best Neighbourhood Award 2016.

Roger is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a Trustee of the Urban Design Group and a past enabler for CABE.

Laura Mazzeo

Associate @Farrells


Laura is an award-winning architect and urban designer with extensive international experience specialising in large, complex, regeneration masterplans and urban developments.

In the UK, Laura has been involved in and led large scale complex masterplans such as Bishopsgate Goodsyard, Old Oak Common, Earls Court and Meridian Water, working on the urban design aspects as well as the strategic thinking behind the placemaking of those key areas of London.

In Hong Kong, Laura was instrumental to securing the planning approval for Farrells West Kowloon Cultural District masterplan, later leading to Farrells being appointed along with JV partners Herzog and de Meuron to design M+, Asia’s first Liverpool’s ‘Knowledge Quarter’, URBED, 2007 contemporary art museum.

Annemarie de Boom

Associate @Studio REAL


Annemarie has over 15 years of experience in planning and designing for the improvement of existing urban areas as well as masterplanning of new neighbourhoods. She led projects such as the Barkingside Town Centre Improvement Plan and Witham Town Centre Strategy and recently prepared a design code for the redevelopment of the Market Parade area in Havant.

She was responsible for the yearly update of Urban Design Compendium 2 for the Homes and Communities Agency, researching the latest best practice examples of delivering successful places.

She has previously worked at Colin Buchanan and also at BGSV, Rotterdam and PWA, Sydney before joining studio | REAL.

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