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Tue 15/09/20, Half Day
Zoom
Related Events: Planning

An important part of pro-active planning, we will consider how to create appraisals that have real impact.

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Wed 16/09/20, Full Day
Zoom
Related Events: Streets & Transport

Streets are used for movement but they are also important places for people to enjoy. This session will showcase recent streetscape projects from around the UK that demonstrate best practice in integrated design.

Thu 17/09/20, Full Day
Zoom

Looking at the fundamentals of designing great homes and neighbourhoods.

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Thu 24/09/20, Full Day
Zoom
Related Events: Streets & Transport

This session will consider the new national Cycling and Walking Plan and unpack LTN1/20, the revised national guidance on designing for cyclists. Given that Government funding will only be available where cycle infrastructure design is in line with the guidance, this training will benefit all those involved in cycle schemes. 

Tue 29/09/20, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Councillor's Network

For any Councillor who has an interest in placemaking and design; these sessions share knowledge, discuss topical issues and present emerging policy and research.

Thu 01/10/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Housing

From older persons housing to co-living for young professionals we will look at a range of lifestyles and the types of buildings and environments each might need.

Tue 06/10/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Delivering Design Quality

Without the right people, an organisation cannot deliver good quality results. This session will look at how to ensure you have the capacity, skills and culture to ensure you can deliver great places.


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Wed 07/10/20, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Green City

We will look at the positive role Green Infrastructure plays in cleaning our air and unpack current projects and programmes the boroughs, TfL and the GLA are delivering to improve Air Quality.

Thu 08/10/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Planning

Planning as a profession is rooted in the promotion of public health. We will look at how today’s planners can help tackle current health issues.

Wed 14/10/20

We will learn how to create robust planning policy and applications to help quantify, assess and mitigate development impacts on TfL underground and surface rail to support the delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the new London Plan.

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Thu 15/10/20, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Delivering Design Quality

A look at tools and techniques that can help ensure individual schemes and projects deliver quality.

Wed 21/10/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Streets & Transport

We will look at emerging ideas to create a better connected bus network and more reliable and welcoming service with improved journey times.

Thu 22/10/20, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

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

Tue 03/11/20, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Design Review

For anyone involved in using, participating or managing design reviews to share ideas and updates. Come and contribute to ideas about how UDL can provide more information about Design Review in London on their website.
 

Wed 11/11/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Green City

This session will look at the various tools available to help us understand, value and manage our environment.

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Thu 12/11/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Housing

An update on the GLA’s Supplementary Planning Guidance, with exercises to help explain how to apply it.

Tue 17/11/20, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Focus Groups

Round-table conversation on working with open spaces. This small session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.

Wed 18/11/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Planning

The next stage of our urban renaissance is likely to revolve around small schemes with cumulative local impact. This session will consider how best to approach such projects.

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Tue 24/11/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Streets & Transport’

Learning from successful Liveable Neighbourhood projects we will discuss best practice tools and techniques that influence design such as; traffic modelling, community engagement and monitoring.

Thu 26/11/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Intro Level Courses

An opportunity to learn what urban design is and the basic principles behind creating great places.

Wed 02/12/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Green City

Debating whether new policy and informed sustainable design can mitigate the impact of climate change and provide a resilient, bio-diverse future.

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Thu 03/12/20, Full Day
Zoom
Related Events: Planning

Looking at what a design led approach to density means in practice, with examples, tips and discussion.

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Wed 16/12/20, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Green City

A chance to learn about and discuss greening for and by communities.

Wed 06/01/21, Full Day
Palestra

Analysing why design quality matters and how it relates to other priorities such as public health, well being, resource efficiency and economic resilience.

Tue 12/01/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Planning

We will consider how to use assessments to help us deal with the climate emergency and threat to biodiversity.

Thu 14/01/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Delivering Design Quality

Analysing why design quality matters and how it relates to other priorities such as public health, well being, resource efficiency and economic resilience.

Wed 20/01/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Housing

An update on construction options, and current best practice approaches.This session will look at the pros and cons of different techniques and materials.

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Thu 21/01/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Green City

We have ambitious planting targets. This session will look at the policy, standards, guidance and practicalities of delivering trees through development.

Tue 26/01/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

For members in the first 10 years of their careers to meet and learn from other inspiring young practitioners.

Thu 28/01/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Building Homes

For those involved in public housing, delivery and management, to share ideas, lessons learnt and best practices.

Wed 03/02/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Streets & Transport

This session will consider the variety of options available to reduce traffic speeds and create safer streets for all.

Thu 04/02/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Councillor's Network

For any Councillor who has an interest in placemaking and design; these sessions share knowledge, discuss topical issues and present emerging policy and research.

Thu 11/02/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Planning

Looking at how we can make the best use of resources and minimise impact on our environment. This session will discuss the use of materials and products.

Thu 25/02/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Streets & Transport’

An in-depth look at design options for different types of junctions.

Tue 02/03/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Focus Groups

Round-table conversation on delivering capital programmes. This small session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.

Thu 04/03/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Green City

Learn about this important way of increasing biodiversity, help clean air and improve the liveability of places.

Wed 10/03/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Delivering Design Quality

A detailed look at how to consider costs, benefits and business plans to achieve design quality.

Thu 11/03/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Intro Level Courses

Explaining the main issues involved in designing great streets and public spaces.
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Thu 18/03/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Planning

These are a type of development that can require particular design and planning skills. This session will discuss how to consider and manage tall building proposals.
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Wed 24/03/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Green City

London can be a greener city, delivering bio-diverse landscapes through development. In this session we will look at practical ways of designing habitat rich buildings, streets and spaces.

Thu 25/03/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Focus Groups

Round-table conversation on managing markets. This small session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.

Tue 30/03/21, Full Day
Palestra
Related Events: Housing

Discussing whether we are successfully tackling the housing crisis and asking if we are building enough high quality homes in the right places, at a level people can afford.

Wed 31/03/21, Half Day
Palestra
Related Events: Design Review

For anyone involved in using, participating or managing design reviews to share ideas and updates.
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Thu 16/07/20
Zoom
Related Events: Building Homes Network

For those involved in public housing, delivery and management, to share ideas, lessons learnt and best practices.

This event follows the Understanding Sites & their Potential event in the morning. Your booking will include both morning and afternoon sessions and you are welcome to attend either or both of these

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Tue 07/07/20
Zoom

This introductory session will provide you with a better understanding of SuDS and the benefits they offer. An unmissable session for highway project managers, sponsors and funders interested in learning how we can introduce sustainable urban drainage systems in the urban realm and the key things to consider.


Speakers Include: 

  • Bob Bray and Judith Puckmayr, Bray Associates
  • Anthony McCloy, Anthony McCloy Consulting

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Wed 01/07/20, Full Day, 9.30–11am
Related Events: Streets & Transport

We will provide an update on the Liveable Neighbourhood Programme and introduce the Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) Programme and best practice guidance on LTN, School Streets.
Speakers Include: 

  • Hassan Mohamad, TfL
  • Alexander Baldwin-Smith & Jack Maizels, TfL
  • Rachel Buck, TfL
  • Glenn Higgs & Tom Holcroft, WSP


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Tue 30/06/20, 9.30–11.30am
Related Events: Streets & Transport

A chance to reflect and discuss what we’ve learnt throughout our weekly ‘Managing Streets during Lockdown’ events and what this means in practice for recovery and the future.

Speakers Include:

  • Will Norman, TfL
  • Skye Duncan, NACTO
  • Andy von Bradsky, MHCLG
  • Richard Eason, LB Enfield
  • Bruce McVean, City of London
  • Simon Munk, LCC
  • Dr Steve Millington, Manchester Metropolitcan University

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Fri 26/06/20
Related Events: Streets

Our lockdown streets series delves into the details and looks at the range of materials and street furniture designers can specify when reallocating highway space to provide social distancing for people who walk, cycle and use our public transport system in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as we move from emergency to temporary and permanent improvements to our streets

Speakers Include:

  • John Worley, TfL
  • David Moores, Project Centre
  • Catherine du Toit
  • Seth Scafe-Smith, Director, Resolve
  • Howard Gray, GreenBlue Urban
  • Habib Khan, Meristem Design
  • Charlotte Markey, Polypipe

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Thu 25/06/20, 10am–12pm
Related Events: Green City

We will run through common landscaping options, where they are best used and their pros and cons.

Speakers Include:

  • Fenella Griffin, Untitled Practice
  • Paul Tagliarini, WSP
  • Ian Hingley, Urban Movement
  • Giacomo Guzzon, Gillespies

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Wed 24/06/20, 10–11.30am
Related Events: Young Practitioner's Network

We’ll be hearing from a range of industry professionals about how being creative in this period of uncertainty is supporting them and their practice.

Speakers include

  • A miniature memoir from an artist in lockdown - Hanna Benihoud, Freelance artist and architect
  • Working with the local community to reallocate street space for people as we come out of lockdown - Jemma Hall, LDA
  • Hubbub’s research into Covid-19 impact on the way we get around, what we eat and how we can build back better - Sarah Divall, Hubbub


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Fri 19/06/20, 9.30–11am
Related Events: Streets

Considering how best to ensure changed public spaces are inclusive and inviting for all.

Agenda:

  • Inclusive street design 
  • Current street experiences
  • Helping VIP use changed streets 
  • Streets and inclusive health and wellbeing
  • Streets and social inclusion 
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Thu 18/06/20, 11am–12.30pm
Related Events: National

This session will cover new streets and urban extensions and how best to meet highway requirements, encouraging walking, cycling and street planting; we will look at layout, design options and best practice examples.    

Speakers Include:

Amy Burbidge, Homes England

Stephen Haines, David Lock Associates

Annabel Keegan, PJA 

David Birkbeck, Design for Homes

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Fri 12/06/20, 9.30–11am
Related Events: Streets

Looking at the location, extent and design of new cycling infrastructure being put in now, to help prevent a car dominated recovery.

Agenda

Planning the cycle space network - Gordon Webster (TfL)

A whistle stop tour of current changes in cycle spaces - Giulio Ferrini (Sustrans)

How people are using new cycling spaces - Michael O’Hanlon and Seyi Adewole (DSDHA)

Designing new cycle spaces: junctions to delineators - Brian Deegan (Urban Movement) & Mark Strong (Transport Initiatives)

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Thu 11/06/20, 10am–1pm
Related Events: Planning

Two vital skills for planners, this popular session will cover the fundamentals of negotiation and how to get consistent benefits from viability assessments. A must for everyone in the built environment.

Trainer

Simon Horton, Negotiation Mastery

Agenda

Getting Your Win

Stepping Into Their Shoes

Dealing With Deadlock

Complex, Multi-Party, Dynamic Negotiations.

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Tue 09/06/20, 10am–12pm
Related Events: Councillor's Network

This network event will share latest research, guidance and best practice, with a briefing on how boroughs are managing streets to support their Covid-19 responses. 

Agenda

Understanding how people use changed streets and design options to support best behaviour - Deborah Saunt (DSDHA)

Design considerations for different types of school streets - John Dales (Urban Movement) 

TfL School Guidance - Rachel Buck (TfL)

National Covid-19 response guidance for local authorities, Neil Manthorpe

Brixton Town Centre & Working with BIDs - Joel de Mowbray (LB Lambeth)



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Fri 05/06/20, 9.30–11am
Related Events: Streets

This session will focus on changes made in the often complex environment of our town centres and look at how deliveries and parking have been operating during lockdown and what might happen during recovery.

Agenda

Town Centre Needs, Steve Norris

Designing Multi-use High Streets, David Makenna

How Leicester is making streets better for people, Cllr Adam Clarke

East Street, Bristol, Michael Cowdy

The Lambeth Approach, Joel de Mowbray

Bringing high streets back at the heart of our communities, Saskia Huizinga



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Thu 04/06/20, 10am–12pm
Related Events: Building Homes

Everyone wants a high quality home in a good neighbourhood. This session will look at how to tell if your scheme will deliver this.

Agenda

Overview: Critical aspects of housing quality and current challenges from a practical perspective – Sadie Morgan OBE (DRMM)

Design Quality Challenges: Perspectives from Borough, Architect, Developer, Housing Association and Community – Elliot Kemp (GLA), Anisha Jogani (LB Croydon), Irene Craik (Levitt Bernstein), Selina Mason (Lendlease), Luke Riley (Swan Housing), Steve McAdam (Soundings) and Kruti Patel (Metropolitan Workshop)

Panel Discussion: Housing Quality in changing times

This event is an introductory session to the Building Homes series. We’re offering complimentary places to anyone who wants to find out more about the series and what we're exploring and discussing over the next 10 months.

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Tue 02/06/20, 9.45–11.45am
Related Events: Green City

Children using, enjoying and playing outside improves their health and well-being and helps them to value their environment – this is more important than ever as we live through the pandemic.  We will look at how to create great places for different kinds of play.

Agenda:

On Streets: Children, play and community – Dr Wendy Russell (University of Gloucestershire)

Nature of Play – Tim Gill (Author and Researcher) 

Design Principles for Play in High Density Developments - Lucía Cerrada Morato (LB Tower Hamlets)

Play Projects: Principles in Practice - Richard Peckham (Shape Landscape Architecture

Urban Projects : Delivery & Outcomes - Liza Fior (MUF)

Making London a Child Friendly City - Anna Mansfield (Publica)

Play in & Beyond the Pandemic - Dinah Bornat (ZCD Architects)

Reviewing Play – Kathy MacEwan (UDL)

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Tue 26/05/20
Related Events: National

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Fri 22/05/20, 9.30–11.30am
Related Events: Streets

Fourth in our series on streets during the Corona Virus pandemic.  This time we will look at the design options for temporary changes. 

Agenda includes:

  • How travel and streets might change - Chris Williamson
  • Understanding how people use changed streets and design options to support best behaviour - Deborah Saunt, DSDHA
  • Update on current approaches and design lessons - Sophie Thompson, LDA Design
  • A collection of design ideas - Public Practice Associates
  • TfL guidance and response to ideas presented - Rana Ilgaz & Paul Lavelle, TfL

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Thu 21/05/20
Related Events: Planning

Discussing what planning in London should be aiming to achieve and how this chimes with national and/or local objectives.

Speakers Include:

o    Andy Higham, LB Enfield

o    Jonathan Wade , Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

o    Nick Calder, LB Wandsworth

o    Kathy MacEwen, UDL

o    Mathew White, Herbert Smith Freehills

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Fri 15/05/20, 9.30–10.30am
Related Events: Streets

Third in our series on streets during the Corona Virus pandemic.  This time we will look at the importance of play for children at this time, and consider how streets can be managed to support this, particularly during lock down release phases.

Speakers to include:

  • ·      Dinah Bornat, ZCT Architects
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Thu 14/05/20, 10:00 - 11:00 + 14:00 - 16:15
Related Events: Planning

A fascinating look back into how our city has developed, while learning lessons for how we plan for the future.

Speakers Include:

  • Population history of London, urban mortality, including plague, and its social impact, Vanessa Harding, Birkbeck University
  • Layers of London: project information, plus the history of medieval and early modern London (1300-1700), Matthew Davies, Birkbeck University
  • How transport hubs developed and support London’s expansion,  Edmund Bird, TfL
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Tue 12/05/20, 9.45am–12pm
Related Events: Intro Level Courses

An opportunity to learn what urban design is and the basic principles behind creating great places.

Agenda includes:

National Design Guidance, Esther Kurland, UDL

Street design basics, Paul Dodd, UDL

Housing design fundamentals, Susan May, UDL

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Wed 06/05/20, 09:45 - 11:45 & 15:00 - 15:45
Related Events: Delivering Design Quality

A practical look at ways of assessing how your organisation manages design quality and how this could be improved.

Learning Outcomes

·       Provide overview of the approach to the management of design quality - what is the story so far? 

·       Experience in practice – from a range of organisations.  What issues have arisen with quality management? How successful has it been? What practical lessons can we learn?

·       What are the trends moving forwards, what practical tools are there to help? How flexible can plans be in times of organisational or wider change?

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Fri 01/05/20, 9.30–10.30am
Related Events: Streets

A network meeting for those who wish to share ideas and experiences. In this session we will look forward, discussing ideas about managing streets during potential lockdown release stages

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Tue 28/04/20, 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Related Events: Streets & Transport’

Looking at different design approaches to create more equitable streets.

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Fri 24/04/20, Half day, 9.30–10.30am
Related Events: Streets

A network meeting for those who wish to share ideas and experiences. Some places such as New Zealand, Oakland and New York have apparently been thinking of ways to help make streets safer and more attractive for essential journeys by active modes, and to create more space for safe exercise.   We will discuss whether similar conversations happening in London.

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Thu 23/04/20, Half Day
Related Events: Focus Groups

Round-table conversation on managing regeneration in central London. This small session will be an opportunity to talk to others facing similar challenges and learn from each other.

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Tue 21/04/20, Half Day
Related Events: Planning

Considering ways to set out how many new homes will be needed in an area and how to help ensure these will be delivered.

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