Training and research
Promoting the role of placemaking is key to driving the creation of better quality urban environments. We help to raise awareness of its benefits and encourage everyone at every stage of development to play a more active role in the design process. Through dedicated training programmes, we pass on our expertise in urban design, masterplanning, and policy and strategy as well as development planning. Whether educating housing providers on the design of new developments, elected representatives on their role in delivering good design, creating opportunities to engage and work alongside communities on estate regeneration, training is tailored to each project and delivered in a way relevant to the audience.
Our research interrogates the role of design and planning within development process – drawing out patterns for success and uncovering inventive ways to tackle complex challenges. By continually pushing the boundaries of our own understanding, we are able to support others in making more effective, better informed decisions.
Take a look at some examples of our work showing this service in action
Design Codes Research and Practice Guide
Harestone and Woldingham Character Assessments and Design Guidance (SPD)