Ten of the more useful urban design resources available on the web to facilitate better place-making....

From 1999 to 2011 the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) gave independent advice to help people create better buildings and spaces. This on-line resource contains useful publications, case studies and client guides. Technical advice has been prepared for community groups, councillors, built environment professionals and students. Click here

Housing Design
Building For Life is a nationally recognised methodology for assessing the design quality of residential development. It is an initiative of CABE and the House Builder's Federation. From 2011 onwards, all new housing applications in Bristol of ten houses or more will be assessed against the 20 Building for Life criteria. Schemes will be expected to score 14 points and above. Click here

Urban Design Compendium
The Urban Design Compendium sets out the principles of well designed, compact, mixed-use, inclusive, sustainable places. It was published by English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation in 2000. It aims to help those delivering projects achieve and assess the quality of urban design in developing and restoring places. It has since become an established text book for urban designers world wide. Click here

Manual for Streets
Manual for Streets 1 was published in 2007, and is radically changing designers 'and local authorities' approach to residential street design for the better. It emphasises that streets should be places in which people want to live and spend time in, and are not just transport corridors. Manual for Streets 2 (2010) builds on the philosophies set out in Manual for Streets 1 and demonstrates through guidance and case studies how they can be applied to trunk roads/high streets.
Click here

Historic Environment
English Heritage has established HELM (Historic Environment Local Management) to provide accessible information, training and guidance to decision makers whose actions affect the historic environment.
The HELM programme works with key partners to provide the tools to manage change in the historic environment with increased skill and confidence. Click here

Landscape Design
The Landscape Institute's case study library showing recent landscape design schemes from across the UK. Projects range from city masterplans to community gardens, from historic parks to brownfield industrial sites . Click here

Understanding Placemaking
Online training course from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that provides a deeper understanding of place making. Participants work with built environment professionals, community workers and volunteers to gain a shared understanding of how to create and manage sustainable communities. Click here



The Royal Institute of British Architects     

RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and their members. They provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put their members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of their profession. The report 'Good design - it all adds up' brings to light the true value of good architecture.  Click here. 


                             Living Streets

Living Streets was established in 1929 and it aims to work with communities to make the streets that we live, work, shop and play in safe, attractive and enjoyable. Living Streets work to create streets that really put people first. When we have streets, we want to walk in, lives are transformed - we are healthier, happier and more sociable. For further info click here.

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