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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From collecting to convening and consolidating: How can Design Council help in the face of... A few days into the COVID-19 lockdown, Design Council virtually gathered a group of Built Environment Experts to harness their shared brainpower and conceive meaningful ways in which we, as a collective group and national organisation, could provide immediate help. A few days into the COVID-19 lockdown, Design Council virtually gathered a group of Built Environment Experts

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How can Design Council help communities, councils and businesses design for social impact? On Thursday, 26th March, Design Council convened our network of experts through a series of remote roundtables. Key topics on the table spanned from getting equipment and resources to those most in need through to a total redesign of services as we currently know them On Thursday, 26th March, Design Council convened our network of experts through a series of remote roundtables.

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Journal 02: Social Distancing or Physical Distancing? “When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” Brene Brown. In a year’s time, will we remember what it felt like to live, work and play during the Coronavirus outbreak? Probably not. If it’s not written down; it didn’t happen. “When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” Brene Brown. In a year’s time, will we rem

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