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EVENING Talk: Neighbourhood Planning: for sustainable development, 12 March, 6.30pm

This is the third in a series of Architecture Centre Network talks exploring community engagement in the built environment.

Feb. 7, 2012 - PRLog -- Date: Monday 12 March 2012
Time: Drinks from 6.30pm, talk from 7 to 8pm
Venue: The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ
Speakers: The Glass-House Community Led Design, Kent Architecture Centre and MADE
Tickets: £5 / £3 for students & concessions, inc. a glass of wine
Booking: www.eventelephant.com/eveningtalkneighbourhoodplanningforsustainabledevelopment

This is the third in a series of Architecture Centre Network talks exploring community engagement in the built environment.

Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive of The Glass-House Community Led Design will focus on ‘Can community led design enhance sustainability?’ With the emerging Localism Act, there are both new opportunities and challenges for community engagement and leadership in planned development and regeneration. She will explore how community led design and planning can support locally informed, inclusive and creative steps toward a more sustainable built environment.

Robert Offord, Planner & Urban Designer, Kent Architecture Centre will present on ‘Partnering Perspectives - the role of local people and professionals in delivering neighbourhood design’. Calling on the centre’s experience of working with local communities Robert will explain how the managed use of high level professional expertise can get the best from local volunteer and community resources.  Exploring how pairing the two outlooks and approaches can enhance each other and lead to high quality, locally responsive design/planning solutions.  He will illustrate the benefits of this approach with reference to current projects with Design Council Cabe and local communities across the South East.

David Tittle, Chief Executive of MADE will explain MADE’s approach to working with communities under the banner of ‘raising aspirations for people and place’.  He will describe some projects they are currently delivering with support from Design Council CABE, the Skills Funding Agency and Locality.  

Sophia joined The Glass-House in June 2005, and led the transformation from what was an Architecture Foundation project to an independent national charity. As Chief Executive, Sophia works to ensure that community participation and leadership in physical regeneration is not a token gesture, but a valuable means of informing good, sustainable design that benefits local people and that will lead to the long-term improvement of neighbourhoods. Sophia is an advocate of cross sector partnerships and believes them essential to the success of regeneration and of community empowerment.

Robert joined Kent Architecture Centre in 2006 as a Design Adviser, having worked in local government in London. He has particular expertise in setting up local design support initiatives and leading workshop facilitation as well as delivering design training.  Robert is also responsible for managing the South East Design Panel. In addition to this, Robert works on the centre’s design and regeneration projects. Robert is an accredited Spaceshaper facilitator and has a particular interest in the social and cultural aspects of placemaking and using creative planning and design interventions to help foster robust, people-friendly places.

MADE is dedicated to improving the quality of our towns, cities and villages in the West Midlands. As Chief Executive, David has overall responsibility for MADE's programmes, people and finances. David has been involved in community engagement in the built environment since working for the Civic Trust from 2001 to 2003.  He later founded R99, a company specialising in urban design training and community engagement. He has worked for MADE for four years.  He is a committee member of the Coventry Society, trustee of a local building preservation trust and a trustee of Civic Voice. He is a fellow of the RSA.

Further information: www.architecturecentre.net

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Debate: engage further

What do you think about community engagement with the built environment? What are your experiences of neighbourhood planning? Read about how architecture centres are addressing some of these issues, and contribute your thoughts and comments: www.architecturecentre.net/docs/debate/projects

About The Glass-House Community Led Design:
The Glass-House Community Led Design is a national charity that works to help people make better neighbourhoods, homes, buildings and spaces. We believe in the power of community led design to transform places and to bring positive and lasting change for all. We enable local people to contribute to the design and planning process, leading to delightful places and spaces that work for everyone.

The Glass-House provides independent advice, training and hands-on project support to communities and professionals working together to improve their neighbourhoods, homes, buildings and spaces. We also work collaboratively to capture and share the valuable experiences of communities and professionals working on the ground, in order to encourage and support better ways of working and to influence policy that empowers local people and values a high standard of design.
Find out more at www.theglasshouse.org.uk

About Kent Architecture Centre:
Kent Architecture Centre is a not-for-profit, skilled and agile social enterprise that assists in place-making and provides design support, bringing the value of good design to as many people as possible, always acting in the public interest.
We do this through a committed team of full-time built environment professionals, complemented by a multi-disciplinary practitioner network drawn from across the UK and Europe. We make these skills available to support local delivery across the south east of England, carefully configuring our services to meet the needs of local people, local planning authorities and organisations developing land in those communities. We are independent, objective, expert and flexible.
Find out more at www.architecturecentre.org

About MADE:
MADE is an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of our towns, cities and villages. We believe that a high quality built environment is essential for economic prosperity and wellbeing.

Our vision for the West Midlands is that our leaders, public sector officers, professionals, developers and residents understand the importance of place and work together to ensure that every change in the built environment contributes positively to creating better places. We want to preserve the best and transform the worst. We want everyone to feel proud of the places where they live, work and play.

Find out more at www.made.org.uk

About Architecture Centre Network:
Architecture Centre Network is the development and advocacy organisation for 20+ architecture and built environment centres in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We nurture innovation and good practice by facilitating knowledge sharing
We broker, develop and deliver projects and consultancy with a wide range of stakeholders including government
We advocate for the unique role that architecture and built environment centres can play in improving public engagement with, and the quality of, architecture and the public realm
We create resources and events to enable architecture centres, and Architecture Centre Network, to promote and maintain excellence

Find out more at www.architecturecentre.net

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