Events

Our events programme includes a wide range of seminars, debates, network meetings and practical hands-on workshops for your continual professional development.

Our training sessions are open to all of our subscribing members. Interested in becoming a member? Please send us an email.

Tue 23/07/19

Creating Design Codes & Masterplans - Trumpington, Cambridge Site Visit

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Join us for a hands-on session on how to prepare and work with masterplans, design codes and other tools to deliver large scale, phased neighbourhoods. We will visit Trumpington and Great Kneighton to look at a wide range of award winning homes guided by David Birkbeck, Design for Homes, and learn from those involved in the process to better understand the use of codes and plans.


(Full Day)

Thu 01/08/19

Green space: Co-designing with Communities

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Industry specialists will share their tried and tested community engagement strategies as we learn about small community projects and meanwhile schemes and how to work in partnership. Nicole Collomb and George Warren from the GLA will highlight funding opportunities and accessing funding. In the afternoon we will visit a couple of exemplar gardens to see community partnership schemes in action.

(Full day)


Location: 55 Broadway
Wed 04/09/19

Learning from the Recent Past (2 of 2)

Guided site visits to first-hand see some recently completed schemes and look at how they work in practice, and what we can learn from them.
Thu 05/09/19

Applying the Urban Greening Factor

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Learning about this radical new London Plan policy, and how to apply it to a range of different development scales and contexts.

(Full day)

Location: Palestra
Tue 10/09/19

Applying the Tall Building Policy (1 of 2)

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Looking at the new London Plan policies on tall buildings and how we assess them, considering pedestrian comfort and environmental impact.


Location: Palestra
Wed 11/09/19

Young Practitioners Network (2 of 3)

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For members in the first 10 years of their career; to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.
Wed 11/09/19

Design Review Masterclass Conference

This event will be an opportunity to hear from those who bring schemes to design reviews, learning about how they experience the process and their recommendations for improvements.

Location: Palestra
Thu 12/09/19

Design Details for Cycling (1 of 2)

This two-part course will provide in-depth training on route planning, crossings and junction options plus other essential aspects.
Location: Endeavour Square
Tue 17/09/19

Councillor Network (2 of 3)

For any councillor who has an interest in placemaking and design; these sessions will include topical presentations and research.
Location: Palestra
Thu 19/09/19

Building Homes Masterclass: Managing Your Scheme to Achive Good Design (2 of 4)

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This session will take a closer look at procuring, managing and delivering good design. Delegates will receive best practice advice on producing tender briefs and managing the procurement process for masterplans, architectural and other design work.Industry experts will explain the process you can use to help check and control design quality through the project lifecycle, including the use of design reviews.
Location: Palestra
Tue 24/09/19

Inclusive Design

Reviewing the concept of inclusiveness and discussing the role our built environment plays in accommodating for the diverse needs of the community.
Location: 55 Broadway
Wed 25/09/19

Design Review Masterclass: Applying London Plan Policies (1 of 2)

Specifically for panel members and chairs to learn about new design and quality related policies and how to apply them at design reviews.
Location: Palestra
Tue 01/10/19

Bringing Active Travel to Life

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Considering what designing to promote walking, cycling and public transport means in practice and how policies to promote this are changing.
Location: Palestra
Thu 03/10/19

Design, Design Scrutiny & Proactive Planning

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Design quality needs proactive planning. At this session we’ll learn about being proactive planners and how to ensure high design quality through planning.


Location: Palestra
Tue 08/10/19

Focus Group (2 of 3)

Topical get-together to discuss and learn about specific projects and policy developments.
Location: Palestra
Thu 10/10/19

Greening the Grey

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A first-hand look at some of the innovative integrated SuDs schemes found across the capital, many of which are funded by the Mayor's Greener City Fund.
Location: Palestra
Tue 15/10/19

Safe Streets & Good Placemaking

An overview on how good design can help achieve Vision Zero and how to provide contextually appropriate hostile vehicle measures in sensitive public spaces.
Location: Palestra
Thu 17/10/19

Practitioners Network (2 of 2)

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These sessions will bring practitioners together to share experiences and lessons learnt.
Location: Palestra
Thu 24/10/19

The Circular Economy & Design

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Exploring how we can be more economically and environmentally sustainable through innovative design solutions and re-using resources.
Location: Palestra
Tue 05/11/19

Good Growth By Design

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Understanding the concepts, tools and policies behind the role of design; and how design can support and deliver positive change in London.
Location: Palestra
Thu 07/11/19

Understanding Housing Typologies

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Learning about the range of housing types and layouts such as age-friendly housing and micro-homes.
Location: Palestra
Tue 12/11/19

Building Homes Masterclass: Designing for Residents (3 of 4)

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This session will look at tenant needs and the specific design considerations to keep in mind when designing homes to be rented, sold outright and everything in between. We will consider the specific challenges of bulding affordable homes within a mixed tenue scheme, how to balance commercial and community objetives and resolve potential conflicts, while delivering well designed public and shared spaces.
Location: Palestra
Thu 14/11/19

Greening London: Tools & Data

Understanding the tools and data required to determine green infrastructure needs including the green infrastructure focus map and the Heat Risk Tool.
Location: Palestra
Tue 19/11/19

Applying the Small Sites Policy (2 of 2)

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Looking at how to assess, monitor and compare development proposals and implications for small site development in neighbourhoods.
Location: 55 Broadway
Wed 20/11/19

Design & Transport Infrastructure

Looking at specific design issues around stations, bridges and interchanges and how these can be successfully integrated.
Location: 55 Broadway
Wed 27/11/19

Design Review Network (2 of 3)

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For anyone involved in using, participating or managing design reviews to share ideas and updates.
Location: 55 Broadway
Thu 28/11/19, 9am

Building Homes Network (2 of 3)

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For those involved in public housing delivery and management, to share ideas, lessons learnt and best practices.
Location: Palestra
Tue 03/12/19

Public Space, Landscape & Street Design

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Discussing the important concepts and approaches relating to public realm design; using case studies that showcase best practice.
Location: Palestra
Thu 05/12/19

Street Design Conundrums

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Investigating current design issues on the street, including advertising and phone kiosks, electric vehicle charging points and level surfaces.
Location: Palestra
Tue 10/12/19

Assessing the Design Quality of Housing Applications (1 of 2)

Looking at the new London Plan's housing targets, we will discuss how applications should be assessed to deliver well-designed homes.
Location: Palestra
Thu 12/12/19

Trees, Planning & Development

Best practice guidance and construction standards on trees, planning and development, including the current tree replacement policy.
Location: Palestra
Wed 15/01/20

Understanding Plans & Drawings (2 of 2)

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Considering the various ways you can visually represent a scheme and how to assess projects that use different drawing styles.
Location: Palestra
Thu 16/01/20

Applying the Tall Building Policy (2 of 2)

Looking at the new London Plan policies on tall buildings and how we assess them, considering pedestrian comfort and environmental impact.
Location: Palestra
Tue 21/01/20

Bus Streets

Looking at the benefits and challenges buses bring to neighbourhoods; and how to make the most of their access and vibrancy.
Location: Palestra
Thu 23/01/20

Focus Group (3 of 3)

Topical get-together to discuss and learn about specific projects and policy developments.
Location: Palestra
Tue 28/01/20

Intensification Debate (2 of 2)

Looking at the challenges and opportunities for different parts of the city to deliver higher density - from inner to outer boroughs.
Location: Palestra
Thu 30/01/20

Green Infrastructure for Air Quality

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Investigating how green infrastructure can help to tackle air pollution using case studies from the Mayor's Air Quality Fund and Low Emission Neighbourhoods.
Location: Palestra
Tue 04/02/20

Designing Liveable Neighbourhoods (2 of 2)

Learning about the projects developed so far as part of the emerging Liveable Neighbourhood programme.
Location: Palestra
Wed 05/02/20

Building Homes Masterclass: Creating Quality for Communities, Long-Term (4 of 4)

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Building affordable homes is about creating and supporting thriving communities while ensuring people have access to a decent place to live. We will look at the long-term and discuss ways to ensure quality throughout the lifecycle of the buildings and spaces you are creating. We will also consider maintenance and management requirements and how cohesion and sustainability can be thought through.

Location: Palestra
Thu 06/02/20

Design Review Network (3 of 3)

For anyone involved in using, participating or managing design reviews to share ideas and updates.
Location: Palestra
Tue 11/02/20

Viability & Development Finances

Investigating recent policy and funding changes and looking at how these will impact borrowing potential and scheme viability.
Location: Palestra
Thu 13/02/20

Housing Design (2 of 2)

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Looking at the fundamentals of good housing design; considering the needs of residents and communities as well as the delivery of schemes.
Location: Palestra
Wed 26/02/20

Young Practitioners Network (3 of 3)

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For members in the first 10 years of their career; to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.
Location: Palestra
Tue 03/03/20

Modelling for All Modes

A fresh look at modelling and the role non-vehicular traffic modelling can play in creating more accessible and walkable neighbourhoods.
Location: Palestra
Tue 03/03/20

Design Review Masterclass: Applying London Plan Policies (2 of 2)

Specifically for panel members and chairs to learn about new design and quality related policies and how to apply them at design reviews.
Location: Palestra
Wed 04/03/20

Councillors Network (3 of 3)

For any councillor who has an interest in placemaking and design; these sessions will include topical presentations and research.
Location: Palestra
Thu 05/03/20

Assessing the Design Quality of Housing Applications (2 of 2)

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Looking at the new London Plan's housing targets, we will discuss how applications should be assessed to deliver well-designed homes.
Location: Endeavour Square
Tue 10/03/20

How to Design Biodiversity

A hands on session introducing the policy context to planning applications using online toolkits including Biodiversity and Net Gain guidance.
Location: Palestra
Thu 12/03/20

Building Homes Network (3 of 3)

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For those involved in public housing delivery and management, to share ideas, lessons learnt and best practices.
Location: Palestra
Thu 19/03/20

Design Details for Cycling (2 of 2)

This two-part course will provide in-depth training on route planning, crossings and junction options plus other essential aspects.
Location: Palestra
Thu 26/03/20

Health & Design

Presenting current research, actions, policies and tools that support health and wellbeing through design.
Location: Palestra
Tue 31/03/20

Residential Street Design

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Looking at the role of public space in residential areas and how to apply Healthy Street policies, and consider shared space issues.
Location: Palestra
Thu 18/07/19
Past Event

Design & the Historic Environment

At this session David McDonald, Institute of Historic Building Conservation, will cover the basics of understanding the terms ‘context’ and ‘significance’ when managing heritage assets to create even better places. After lunch we will visit Walworth Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), to see how the HAZ have championed Walworth’s sense of place and historic character.

Wed 17/07/19
Past Event

Design Review Masterclass: Chairing & Report Writing

Fine-tune your design review management skills at chairing and writing reports. With experienced chairs including Amanda Reynolds, Gillian Horn and Fred Manson, and professional writers Sarah Carmona and Chris Whitehorn, we will discuss the most effective ways of chairing review sessions and how best to write clear and concise summaries of what was said.

Tue 09/07/19
Past Event

The Changing Role of the London Street

Join the conversation with our panel of experts on the role of our streets and how they should be managed and changed. We will hear about the financial flow and how to monitor and measure the success of our streets, including an update on GLA’s Public London Charter research project.

Speakers include:
• Streets as Ecosystems – Peter Jones, UCL
• Overcoming the Challenges from the Rapid Emergence of Low Traffic Environments – Glen Higgs, WSP
• Mystery Shopping London’s Streets: TfL’s new Healthy Streets survey – Alice Saunders, TfL
• Digital Street Furniture: Principles of Deployment – Lottie Macnair, Connected Places Catapult
• Towards a Public London Charter – Tim Rettlet, GLA
• Public Space Charter for Young People – Lois Stonock, LB Culture

Thu 04/07/19
Past Event

Environmental Responsibility

Where does responsibility lie for the materials we use and how can we reduce our energy use? How can built environment professions contribute meaningfully; improving policies and making a healthier city for the future? Join us to discuss our role in addressing the climate crisis with Eco Building specialist and former Professor of Architecture, Dr Tom Woolley and award winning co-founder of Sustainable by Design and Green Construction Board, Lynne Sullivan.


(Morning)

Thu 04/07/19, 12.40–4.45pm
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Building Homes Network

An opportunity to network with others working in housing delivery. Dr Tom Woolley will update us on how to best achieve healthy buildings, and how Housing Design Audits can improve living standards. We will also hear from local boroughs on how their building programmes can deliver well designed homes.

(Half Day, afternoon)

Thu 27/06/19
Past Event

Applying the Small Sites Policy (1 of 2)

A practical session for those who need to better understand how to assess, monitor and compare development proposals and implications for small site development in our neighbourhoods.

(Half Day)

Tue 25/06/19
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Cost Conscious Street Design

This event has already taken place but you can find the main lessons from the session in the ‘Event Takeaways’ document.

Join us as industry experts identify and unpack the relative costs of different design approaches, street furniture and highway construction.

(Morning)

Event Takeaways:
  • 01. Katherine & Ciara
  • 02. Alex Sargent & Jon Noble
  • 03. Valerie Beirne
  • Event takeaway: Cost Conscious Street Design
  • Thu 20/06/19, 10am–1pm
    Past Event

    Tall Buildings and Urban Climate Site Visit

    London’s tall buildings are often designed in isolation, with little thought of how they will affect the surrounding environment. Join us for an urban climate walking tour in City of London with Dr Julie Futcher as we look at how tall building designs can affect the urban climate.


    Tue 18/06/19
    Past Event

    Housing Design

    A session dedicated to looking at the fundamentals of good housing design; considering the needs of residents and communities as well as the delivery of schemes. We will also carry out a Building for Life 12 assessment and visit the scheme in person.

    Speakers include:

    • How to secure design quality through planning and delivery – Peter Maxwell, LLDC
    •  Housing typologies,: focus on mid rise – Chris Fellner,  Haworth Tompkins
    • Housing typologies :designing homes for tight sites – Phil Hamilton, Peter Barber Architects


    (Full Day)

    Thu 13/06/19, 11am–1pm
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    Councillor's Network (1 of 3)

    This event has already taken place but you can find the main lessons from the session in the ‘Event Takeaways’ document.

    With mounting pressure to deliver London’s homes in our green suburban areas, we will discuss the ‘New Kind of Suburbia’ with award winning Metropolitan Workshop.  In collaboration with leading thinkers, including Max Wakefield from Powering Parks Project, we will look at the research undertaken on how best to manage growth in these areas.  After lunch we will look at how CIL can be invested in public spaces, with insight into ‘Planning for urban green space’ with Dr Meredith Whitten.

    Event Takeaways:
  • Event takeaway: Councillor's Network
  • Tue 11/06/19
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    Green Roofs & Walls

    This event has already taken place but you can find the main lessons from the session in the ‘Event Takeaways’ document.

    With the expected launch of updated guidance on living roofs and walls in Spring 2019, we will consider the implications for new development proposals.

    (Morning)

    Event Takeaways:
  • Takeaway: Green Roofs and Walls
  • Thu 06/06/19
    Past Event

    Achieving Good Design Through Proactive Planning

    Hear from our expert speakers on how proactive planning can enable good design and how best to approach this work.

    Speakers include:

    • Mike Lowndes – Director, Turley
    • Jason Hawthorne – Director, VuCity
    • Richard Wilson – Strategic Lead Regeneration, LB Camden
    • Alicia Pivaro – Neighbourhood Planners London
    • Tom Selby – Deputy Team Leader, Croydon SPG

    (Morning)

    Wed 05/06/19
    Past Event

    Designing Liveable Neighbourhoods

    For those interested in learning about the projects developed so far as part of the emerging Liveable Neighbourhood programme, including an in-depth look at best practice tools such as City Planner Tool and Healthy Streets Check. We will also hear from the design teams on delivering key aspects including:

    • Delivering cycling infrastructure in the High Street
    • Engaging hard to reach groups
    • Improving economic vitality in the High Street
    • Encouraging behaviour change and dealing with freight


    (Full Day)

    Thu 23/05/19, 9.30am–1pm
    Past Event

    Understanding Plans & Drawings (1 of 2)

    A session for those who need to understand both the bigger picture and the detail of presented schemes. Looking at the different ways you can visualise projects, from floor planning to construction detailing for facades and landscape plans.

    Tue 21/05/19
    Past Event

    EiP Matters: Transport Strategy & Schemes

    Join us for lunch as we discuss the latest issues brought up at the London Plan Examination In Public (EiP), including how the delivery of the new London Plan’s transport policies affect the Mayor’s Good Growth Objectives and debate what it means for your borough and London.  

    Thu 16/05/19, 9.45am–4pm
    Past Event

    Building Homes Masterclass: Making the most of Your Site (1 of 4)

    A specialist series for local authorities and housing associations involved in delivering and managing affordable homes. At the first event in the series industry experts will share how best to understand a site’s local, social, economic and physical context to help achieve optimum solutions that deliver as many homes of the type and quality you need.

    *Please note this series is in addition to our core programme of events and additional fees may apply. You can find more information about the series in the brochure by clicking the link below. If you are interested in attending this series, please send us an email.

    Affordable Homes brochure

    Wed 15/05/19, 10am–12pm
    Past Event

    Learning from the Recent Past – Stratford Gyratory

    A guided site visit by LB Newham to see first-hand how this large and impressive one way removal project is help transforming Stratford’s town centre by prioritising vulnerable road users and making the area more pleasant for everyone.

    Tour led by:

    • Smitha Sujith – LB Newham
    • Murray Woodburn – LB Newham
    • Paul Gannon – LB Newham
    Tue 14/05/19
    Past Event

    Spaces to Play

    How can we create spaces that motivate play and truly place people at the heart of design? Hear from child-friendly city expert, Dinah Bornat as she set out the challenges boroughs face in achieving a child friendly city.  Natalia Krysiak will provide insight about her latest research on play spaces and architects will give their top tips on designing and delivering innovative play spaces.

    Speakers include:

    • Dinah Bornat – ZCD Architects
    • Natalia Krysiak – Hayball
    Thu 09/05/19
    Past Event

    Design Review Network

    Join us for a discussion on design review’s role in the GLA’s design led approach in managing densities, including how panels can offer support beyond planning applications. We will also hear from Ben van Bruggen, Manager at Auckland’s Urban Design Strategy Team on how their design review panel is managed abroad.

    Speakers include:

    • GLA Update: Matthew Turner – GLA
    • Design Review beyond Planning Applications: Phil Jones – Phil Jones Associates
    • Design Review in other Countries: Ben van Bruggen – Manager of Auckland’s Urban Design Strategy Team
    • Offering Support Beyond Planning Applications: Louise Goodison – Cazenove Architects

    Wed 08/05/19, 10am–12.30pm
    Past Event

    Cleaning London's Air - Site Visit

    Join us on a site visit to the recently completed public realm schemes in Shoreditch including Rivington Street, Leonards Circus and New Inn Yard. We will discuss the air quality benefits, the ‘ultra-low emission vehicle’ elements, including innovative automatic number plate recognition proposals, will bring to the neighbourhood.

    Tour led by:

    • Daniel Nelson –  LB Hackney
    • Luuk van Kessel – LB Hackney
    Thu 02/05/19, 9.15am–4pm
    Past Event

    What is Urban Design & Why Does it Matter?

    Industry experts will guide us through the key design principles and approaches of successful places and give practical advice about good design, using small site examples that showcase best practice. We will end the day discussing the role of design reviews and how we can best work together to create successful places.

    Speakers include:

    • Rob Cowan – Urban Design Skills
    • David Birkbeck – Design for Homes
    • Paul Dodd – Urban Design London
    • Rachel Jones – Urban Design London
    • Kruti Patel – Metropolitan Workshop
    Wed 01/05/19, 6–8.30pm
    Past Event

    Young Practitioners Network (1 of 3)

    What will the future of work look like? Where will it be located? Is work and personal life merging too closely and how will it affect our well-being? Join us for an evening of debate, discussion and drinks as we tackle these questions with fellow inspiring practitioners. This event is an open invite. If you're not a subscribing member, please email us to book your place.

    Speakers include:

    • Ben Channon – Assael Architects & author of Happy by Design
    • Clare Bailey – Savills
    • Nissa Shahid – Future Cities Catapult
    • Philippa Jopp – LB Camden
    • Paul O'Brien – Carl Turner Architects
    • Justyna Michalik-Minken – Creative Works
    • Kieron Stephens – Autor Architects

    Location: Karakusevic Carson Architects

    Tue 30/04/19, 9.15am–1pm
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    Intensification Debate

    This event has already taken place but you can find the main lessons from the session in the ‘Event Takeaways’ document.

    Why is intensification a good thing for people and what tensions can it create? How do we manage the tensions to maximise the benefits and minimise negative impact? Come and join us for a morning of debate, workshops and discussion where we unpack the benefits and effects of living and working at higher densities.

    Speakers include:

    • Martin Tedder – Spatial Planning at TfL 
    • Yolande Barnes – Bartlett Real Estate Institute
    • Manisha Patel – PRP & Mayor’s Design Advocate
    • David Ogunmuyiwa – Architecture Doing Place & Mayor’s Design Advocate
    Event Takeaways:
  • Intensification Debate Note 30.04.2019
  • Wed 10/04/19, 9.15am–3.30pm
    Past Event

    Delivering Good Design in our Street

    With increasing pressure on our streets and roads, how are we transforming the way we manage and understand them to be more inclusive and efficient? This session will investigate the key processes, skills and assessments needed to better balance the diverse needs of everyone who uses our streets.

    Including:

    • Why are our streets so important? – Oli Davey, Urban Movement
    • Understanding your Neighbourhood – Andy Martin, Transport for London
    • Equality Impact Assessment – Agnes Fletcher, Consultant
    • Pedestrian Comfort Guidance – Gordon Webster, Transport for London
    • Healthy Streets Check for Designers – Mark Artis, Transport for London
    • Design Review – Sue Vincent, Urban Design London


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