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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Find out how Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Ageing People aged 65 and over are a large and rapidly growing group, there are currently more than 11.9 million people aged 65 and over in the UK People aged 65 and over are a large and rapidly growing group, there are currently more than 11.9 million people aged 65 and over in the UK

News — 12/11/2019

How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Ageing How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Ageing: lessons learnt so far from the Transform Ageing programme How Social Entrepreneurs are Transforming Ageing: lessons learnt so far from the Transform Ageing programme

Report — 11/11/2019

Design Council Spark winner, Matt Dyson, has the answer to help children sleep better In 2016, Rockit answered struggling parents’ prayers with a portable baby rocker that attaches to pushchairs to help soothe children to sleep. Since winning the Design Council Spark Award, Rockit has been able to design and manufacture the innovative product which improves the sleep quality of... In 2016, Rockit answered struggling parents’ prayers with a portable baby rocker that attaches to pushchairs.

News — 05/11/2019