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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Our Place – Community Workshops

As part of Design for Localism, Snug Projects  have been working with the parish of St Barnabas and Harestock in Winchester to help develop and communicate their vision for a sustainable community. We helped run a workshop this week with key stakeholders to refine the vision. We will now be developing the key themes in a series […]

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Local Design Review

In response to the requirement in the NPPF  Snug Projects are working with the RIBA South to develop a new pilot for Local Design Review. The NPPF states: 62. Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design. This is a significant […]

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National Planning Policy Framework is good news for Snug Projects

The long awaited NPPF is finally published and its good news for those who care about high quality design. This is what it says: 63. In determining applications, great weight should be given to outstanding or innovative designs which help raise the standard of design more generally in the area. 64. Permission should be refused […]

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An Architects Mind

When an architect designs a building they focus on the whole, the gestalt. In order to create something as complex as a building they must take the whole, break it down into its constituent parts and ensure that all the ingredients are accounted for. They must hold the whole and the parts in their mind simultaneously. The skill is to […]

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Site Responsive Design

The site of a building really matters to us. We agree with this seminal quote from Steven Holl: ‘The site of a building is more than a mere ingredient of its conception. It is its physical and metaphysical foundation. Building transcends physical and functional requirements by fusing with a place, by gathering the meaning of […]

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We never like the smell of other peoples f….!

Yesterday I attended a breakfast presentation on emerging planning policy hosted by planning consultants, WYG. Esteemed barrister Christopher Hughes was eloquently setting out the why and what for’s of the Localism Bill when he came out with a brilliant analogy for the way the public so often view new housing. It certainly caught the audiences […]

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