What if things were different?

#ObsessedbyKillingEve? #MeToo. Jane Briginshaw asked the London festival of Architecture audience to reflect on the politics of external space, women's use of it, how we’re prevented from using it; the boundaries with internal space and WHAT IF THINGS WERE DIFFERENT? What can we learn from how film tv creates worlds with purpose where women are the actors who make it happen?

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Neighbourhood Planning and London's Communities

The Localism Act 2011 gave residents more power to shape their neighbourhoods through the planning process. But earlier investigations by the Committee had revealed patchy results, with many people being unaware of the scheme. The Committee spoke to experts, including Design England’s Jane Briginshaw and representatives of neighbourhood planning forums for an update.

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Distinctively Local Launches

Design England’s Jane Briginshaw chaired the packed event, addressed by the Housing Minister to launch Distinctively Local, a report responding directly and positively to the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission and Minister Kit Malthouse’s recent challenge to architects to help achieve Britain’s ambitious housing targets by ‘’building the homes the next generation deserves’’.

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Design for Communities Fund launched

The Design for Communities Fund has launched to support community projects that improve access to good design in the built environment. Design England had a great time setting this project up for Design South East to help real community projects gather support by using the UK's largest crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder.co.uk.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/designsoutheast

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Small Things Matter

Design England has delivered a half day half day hands on design training and workshop seminar for council planners and officers as part of Urban Design London's training offer Feedback from participants has been great and we hope to deliver similar seminars with a mix of case studies, guest speaker, workshop and quiz.

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