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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Beyond Net Zero: A Systemic Design Approach The Systemic Design Framework, launched by Design Council in April 2021, has been developed to help designers working on major complex challenges that involve people across different disciplines and sectors. It places our people and our planet at the heart of design. The Systemic Design Framework, launched by Design Council in April 2021, has been developed to help designers working on major complex...

Guide — 22/04/2021

Designing for net zero is not ambitious enough warns Design Council Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges. Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges.

News — 22/04/2021

Design Council announces new network of design experts Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges. Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges.

News — 19/04/2021

Coming soon! Design Economy 2021. This summer we’ll be launching Design Economy 2021, the third in our ground-breaking research series on the value of design in the UK. This summer we’ll be launching Design Economy 2021, the third in our ground-breaking research series on the value of design in the UK.

News — 12/04/2021