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.

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Read the first story in our Places that Make Life Better by Design series.

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It might be contentious, but ‘building beautiful’ could fix housebuilding There is a general consensus that the system of how we build houses, places and spaces in this country simply isn’t working. While the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission may not be the catchiest name, the term ‘beautiful’ will always prove to be contentious. There is a general consensus that the system of how we build houses, places and spaces in this country simply isn’t working.

News — 16/07/2019

Global Design Camp prepares students for a global future In an innovative new global partnership between Design Council, Manchester Metropolitan University and Hong Kong Design Institute, this summer 30 students from across the world will work together to develop the ‘Ideal City’. What should our future cities look like? How do we design them for families, communities, businesses and the environment to thrive?

News — 11/07/2019