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 Perspectives: Design Skills Design Council believes that the development of design skills across our current and future workforces is essential. This report intends to explain why. It considers the importance of anticipating the post-COVID-19 economic recovery as well as other ongoing challenges, such as the impact of... Design Council believes that the development of design skills across our current and future workforces is essential...

Report — 13/08/2020

A ten step guide to running a design workshop in primary schools This ‘How to’ guide for design and technology primary school teachers takes you through ten easy steps to running a design workshop, including advice on what materials you will need, how to push your students to think bigger and better and how you can tailor workshops to fit the time you have to... This ‘How to’ guide for design and technology primary school teachers takes you through ten easy steps to running a design workshop...

Guide — 13/08/2020

How 'isolation art' brought people closer to the places they love We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities. We’ve gone to 15 places of worship, 10 museums or galleries and 5 performance venues, We have travelled over 173,000 miles, 134 days, 100 requests, over 20 countries (including the God’s own county of Yorkshire) and 72 cities.

News — 12/08/2020

Design in the Public Sector Programme 2020 - APPLICATIONS OPEN Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis, thanks to the latest Design in the Public Sector programme – run by Design Council and the Local Government Association – which opens to applicants today Local councils in England will be considering innovative new ways to address the climate crisis...

News — 10/08/2020