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Urban Design Autumn School

Kent Design

Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 09:30 - Friday, 22 September 2017 at 16:30 (BST)

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Non-member 2-day ticket: Urban Design Autumn School with Kent Design and UCA
17 Sep 2017 £195.00 £0.00 £39.00
Partner Discount Ticket   more info Ended £95.00 £0.00 £19.00

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Organised by Design South East and the MA Urban Design course at UCA Canterbury, this year’s Urban Design Autumn School will be based at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. Confronting development pressures across Kent, and leading on from last year’s theme ‘Growing the City: Designing the Urban Edge’ this Autumn School will focus on strategies for densification of town centres, using Margate as a test bed for ideas. This will consider how new development can be positively integrated into an existing urban centre, and how this can help provide successful public spaces.

Through the 2-day learning programme this KENT DESIGN event will introduce you to creating well designed, well connected and sustainable places that are sensitive to the surrounding urban fabric. Participants will work in small groups, with each taking an individual site spanning from the sea’s edge towards the town centre periphery. Each group will be mentored by leading urban design practitioners, there to help you in developing your own design proposals. This will take into account specific issues faced by Margate based on the recent increase in demand for development, considering issues such as the significant role of creative industries, responding the rich physical and cultural heritage of the town and strategies to deal with existing underused public spaces and buildings.

By the end of the event you will be able to: 

  • Undertake site research through a series of methods, including mapping, photography and social studies to produce a well-rounded portrait of an urban area.
  • Analyse site research to understand the challenges and outline key opportunities related to town centre densification and connectivity issues.

  • Develop a strategic vision for the area, with a focus on ‘landscape led masterplanning’ in which spaces between buildings help drive the development programme.

  • Create a clear and assertive brief for the development of the wider area, which can provide a framework for individual developers to work within. 

  • Gain the visual 2D and 3D design skills to communicate your ideas. 

  • Present your ideas to peers and public audiences.

Multiple tutors, critics and speakers will provide input throughout the 2-day workshop, including members of the DSE panel

  • Angela Koch, Imagine Places
  • Charles Holland, Charles Holland Architects
  • Corinna Dean, University of Westminster, Publica
  • Dieter Kleiner, RCKa 
  • Gabor Stark, University for the Creative Arts Canterbury
  • Hilary Satchwell, Tibbalds
  • Jane Briginshaw, Jane Briginshaw Associates
  • Keith Williams, Keith Williams Architects
  • Mark Davy, Future City
  • Richard Simmons, The Bartlett School of Planning, URBED
  • Richard Warwick, Orms
  • Scott Adams, HTA Design 

The Autumn School package is inclusive of all workshops/seminars and lunch on both days but does not include overnight accommodation. Included in the package price is an early evening lecture on Thursday 21st September at the Turner Contemporary, speaker TBC.

Delegates will have the opportunity to stay on for an evening meal at a local restaurant (payable locally, not included in the ticket price). 

Thinking of staying overnight in Margate or a nearby town?  You will find a selection of apartments, hotels and guest houses at and + many other booking sites. We suggest you book early to secure your accommodation. 

Message to our Members:

In delivering this Kent Design Autumn School, we continue to provide great training and value for money. However, hosting a 2-day learning event incurs costs over and above those associated with the normal training provision. To ensure we can offer great value for members seeking to secure places on the autumn school, Kent Design has developed a special subsidised members price.

Ticket prices, per person/per place:

  • Kent Design members: A maximum of two free places per membership. Three or more places will be offered at a subsidised rate of just £95+Vat per place.

  • Non-members: £195+VAT per place.

Kent Design members can email to book free and subsidised places. Please check with you KD representative prior to booking your place. 

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Foyle Rooms
Turner Contemporary
CT9 1HG Turner Contemporary, Margate
United Kingdom

Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 09:30 - Friday, 22 September 2017 at 16:30 (BST)

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Kent Design brings together the people that will shape Kent and Medway, helping to accommodate change and growth through the delivery of high quality architecture, public space and infrastructure. Improving the quality of life for both visitors and residents. Kent Design is for everyone involved in the built environment, providing a unique platform for collaboration. Building on the successful Kent Design Initiative and Kent Design Guide, it is a forum for professionals, politicians and the public to discuss and debate the key issues in planning, design and development.

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