How can design review evolve, Les Sparks - Design Network Conference

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How can design review evolve, Les Sparks - Design Network Conference

  1. 1. After the Farrell Review How can Design Review Evolve? Les Sparks
  2. 2. How can design review evolve? Where has it come from? Where is it now? Where might it go?
  3. 3. Where has it come from Local Architects’ Panels •No presentations •Conflicts of interest •Narrow focus RFAC •Presentations but no discussion •Response by letter •Considered London-centric etc.
  4. 4. CABE’s Legacy •Presentation followed by discussion •Review by eminent practitioners from a range of professions •Development of best practice •10 key principles established •Training for panel members and chairs
  5. 5. Where are we now The Design Network Strengths • Regional coverage • Consistency of practice based on 10 principles • Support through NPPF Weaknesses • Patchy take up • Funding uncertainties and organisational insecurity • Poorly promoted
  6. 6. Design Review or PLACE Review What’s the difference? Best practice in design review is already • Inter-professional • Collaborative, not judgemental • Objective, not subjective • Sensitive to context • Independent
  7. 7. How might design review evolve further? • Open reviews; observation and engagement of 3rd parties • Strategic reviews; in depth analysis and discussion • Hands on assistance; design workshops and charettes

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