Archive for March, 2011

Quality Place Making in the Era of Localism

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Snug Projects are hosting a one day conference with RIBA South on 5th April 2011 at their offices on Jewry Street, Winchester. The conference is an opportunity for architects, local businesses, planners, local councillors and developers to actively embrace the opportunities offered bythe  localism agenda. We hope to encourage a creative and active engagement between the industry and local communities. The passage of the Bill represents a significant opportunity for communities to create a positive vision for the future. As architects we are committed to promoting an informed debate about quality place making and believe creative designers should be active in using their skills to serve their local communities. As Architects and  Urban Designers Snug Projects has the skills to help communities explore and realise their Neighbourhood Plans. We want to ensure these are high quality plans that integrate the visions of informed local people. Using our experience in community facilitation we will be developing resourses that will assist local communities in preparing successful Neighbourhood Plans that realise the full potential offered by the Localism Bill. If you are a community representative contact us to find out more about how we can help your community prosper.

Hampshire Design Training

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

 

Snug Projects director Paul Bulkeley produced and delivered a new course on High Density High Quality Housing on behalf of the Solent Centre for Architecture & Design. The one day course was delivered to Planning Officers from Local Authority’s across Hampshire.  The course explored approaches to the design and delivery of high density housing and gave planning officers the opportunity to engage in a hands on design charette that applied best practice to delivering higher density developments in both urban and rural locations. One of the new ideas discussed was the relationship between horizontal and vertical coalescing and the need for a holistic neighbourhood wide approach to identifying appropriate opportunities for increased densities. The session concluded that higher housing densities where an essential component of sustainable and economically vibrant communities and that design quality and a contextual approach to establishing appropriate densities was central to  creating enjoyable places in which to live, work and play. The Localism agenda and the creation of Neighbourhood Plans represents a significant opportunity to engage local communities in developing a more positive understanding of the merits of higher density with the debate needing to focus on quality as well as quantity. Snug Projects are active in promoting a more sustainable approach to housing design and continue to promote a creative appraoch to housing delivery.

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