Projects

A New London Housing Vernacular

This pamphlet is the joint work of Urban Design London and Design for Homes. It is based on analysis of a range of schemes selected from entries to the Housing Design Awards, the national assessment  programme of new development which is now into its seventh decade of being sponsored by Government. The Greater London Authority […]

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Building for Life

                Building for Life 12 replaces the original Building For Life. Although BFL12 is focused on the same issues, its focus shifts from achieving a minimum score to weeding out poor design. The use of a traffic light system with green, amber and red light scoring directs development […]

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Films

Welcome to Design for Homes films. If you are interested in getting a film made, please contact: info@designforhomes.org DVDs are available to buy from our DVD Shop.

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Study Tours

Design for Homes organises visits by minibus or coach across the UK and Europe to see and learn about the best in new residential and mixed use development. “Efficient, well planned and well organised. It was a real eye-opener” More than 40 groups of Local Authority planning departments (including elected members), RDAs, NGOs, Housing Associations, […]

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Swing a Cat

Why are houses defined by how many bedrooms and bathrooms they’ve got? It’s a crude system, especially when a 2-bed apartment is often bigger than a 3-bedroom house. So let’s join the US and the rest of Europe in asking to see the total floor area as a first clue to the capacity of a […]

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Placebook

Placebook is a hub for connecting the placemaking industry. It lets you show people interested in placemaking spaces you have created… it lets you publish anything else you have seen and like. Placebook is about the details – the who, what and how behind the spaces making great places. This is not an architectural gallery […]

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Kids Dream Home

By the time we are old enough to be looking for our own home, most of us have a vision of what we want. But what do kids think? In an extraordinary experiment supported by Savills, hundreds of 7- 10 year olds were asked to paint their ideal home. Here you can see some of […]

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The Housing Design Awards

                  The longest running Awards programme in the country (since 1948) and the only one that sends a multidisciplinary set of judges to see shortlisted developments. Established and still controlled by government, this is the awards programme which all the others pretend to be.   Visit website

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