Transnational design governance: theory and practice
School of the Arts on 28th October 2016, 2:30-5pm
- Professor Matthew Carmona (University College London)
- Professor Tim Heath (University of Nottingham)
- Professor Ali Madanipour (University of Newcastle)
- Professor John Punter (Cardiff University)
Each will give a 15-mins presentation and followed by round table discussion chaired by Dr Fei Chen (University of Liverpool) and Dr James White (Glasgow University).
This seminar brings leading UK experts on urban design and design governance together to discuss the development trajectory of urban design as development control as well as related issues and challenges both in the UK and around the world. ‘Design governance’ is a term increasingly used to describe the interconnected tools and mechanisms used to regulate for design quality during the planning process. Previous research has catalogued the growth of discretionary tools, such as design review, public participation and design competitions and, perhaps paradoxically, the parallel rise of prescriptive control mechanisms, like form based codes and historic preservation guidelines. The literature has shown, among other things, that clear, transparent and consistent design governance procedures can improve the quality of design outcomes.
Furthermore, in the trend of globalisation, urban design principles and ‘best practice’ exemplars are travelling from one place to another. It is critical to examine how policies from elsewhere are put to work by local actors, and how they are translated, contextualised and embedded, as well as what the impact is on the local areas. The seminar intends to contribute to the discussion on these issues. University staff and students are welcome to attend the seminar and participate in the roundtable discussion. Local authorities, policy makers and designers are also welcome to attend.
Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.