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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The importance of threading Design through STEM Watch Alistair Kitching from Reece Innovation and Sally Benton Director of Policy and Communication, Design Council, talk about the importance of incorporating STEM and design skills. Alistair Kitching from Reece Innovation and Sally Benton, Design Council, talk about the importance of incorporating STEM and design skills.

News — 07/05/2019

What makes a knowledgeable, talented, and skilled designer? Design Council research has demonstrated that design is unlocking innovation in businesses and places. Its role improving economic and social outcomes is much better understood and in recent years businesses have started to gain a broader appreciation of the benefits of design. Design Council research has demonstrated that design is unlocking innovation in businesses and places.

Feature — 01/05/2019

Is the UK economy being damaged by our design education policy? Multinational engineering company JCB talks about their commitment to helping improve students’ practical and theoretical skills in business and engineering. This commitment has come in response to their increased struggle to find students with the right skills in the UK. Multinational engineering company JCB talks about their commitment to helping improve students’ practical and theoretical skills in business

News — 01/05/2019