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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Catherine Horwill argues that housing planning needs people placed at the centre A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed. This should include innovation within the planning system, pursuing funding and financing alternatives and embracing the efficiencies of modern methods of construction. A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed.

Feature — 07/08/2019

Inclusive Design at the inaugural Festival of Place: Our CEO, Sarah Weir OBE, reflects on last... Design Council have long been advocating for a ‘whole-place’ and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities. That’s why being part of the inaugural Festival of Place in July 2019 was a refreshing experience. Design Council have long been advocating for a whole-place and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities

Feature — 07/08/2019

Transform Ageing Programme Pack 2019 Transform Ageing is a pioneering programme taking a community and design led approach to improve people’s experience of ageing. Transform Ageing is a pioneering programme taking a community and design led approach to improve people’s experience of ageing.

Guide — 07/08/2019