Great design can change the places we live in and the way we live in them. Better buildings and places that takes the health and wellbeing of people into consideration, can bring the community together, facilitate long term behavioural change and transform lifestyles for the better. In this series we explore those places and buildings where design has contributed in improving people’s overall wellbeing.

Design Council’s role is taking every opportunity in our work across government, with Homes England, local authorities, developers and communities to champion design standards, skills and thinking. Using our experience, insight and expertise we can then, together, deliver better design.

Our Healthy Placemaking report explores the attitudes and behaviours of built environment practitioners towards healthy placemaking. The report makes a valuable contribution to the evidence base, highlighting for the first time the barriers which inhibit UK built environment practitioners from creating places that reduce cases of preventable disease and early death.

Walthamstow Wetlands

Read the latest story in our Better Places series based on Walthamstow Wetlands!

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Design Council releases Impact Report 2020/2021 Every year Design Council publishes its Impact Report which showcases the immediate and direct impact of our work. Every year Design Council publishes its Impact Report which showcases the immediate and direct impact of our work.

News — 02/12/2021

Download our Systems-shifting design report System Shifting Design (October 2021) sets out emerging practice observed from designers who are working to deliberately and generatively to create new systems of health, wellbeing, homes and community. System Shifting Design (October 2021) sets out emerging practice observed from designers who are working to deliberately and generatively...

Guide — 19/10/2021