Design Quality in an age of localism- Stephen Hodder, RIBA


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RIBA President Elect's presentation on 'The role and contribution of the architect in achieving design quality'

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Design Quality in an age of localism- Stephen Hodder, RIBA

  1. 1. Design quality in an age of localismStephen Hodder, President Elect, RIBA
  2. 2. Good design Good design – functionality, use of resources and meeting the needs of clients. It translates needs into cost effective solutions Good design creates better outcomes: •Increased civic pride and community development •Higher property values •Catalyst for wider regeneration and investment •Reduced vandalism •Reduced whole-life costs •A sustainable environment
  3. 3. Design and the NPPF“Good design is a key aspect of sustainable development, is indivisible fromgood planning”“Economic growth can secure higher social and environmental standards,and well-designed buildings and places can improve the lives of people andcommunities.”“sustainable development involves seeking positive improvements in thequality of the built, natural and historic environment” and that this involves“replacing poor design with good design”“Permission should be refused for development of poor design that fails totake the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of anarea and the way it functions.”
  4. 4. Design Review “Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design.” “In assessing applications, local planning authorities should have regard to the recommendations from the design review panel.” Key role in assessing quality of schemes and bolstering LPA design capacity RIBA, RTPI, Design Council, Landscape Institute – new guidance due out in autumn
  5. 5. Delivering design quality – who’s role?Delivering design quality across the board won’t beeasy. It requires:Councils to show leadership – not just regulators,but promoting high quality developmentClients who see the long-term value in investing ininvesting in designArchitects – working to deliver what the client wantsand buildings which meet the needs of usersLocal people – properly supported – engaging morepositively with the design/planning process
  6. 6. Who’s design is it anyway?  Involving local people in design/planning nothing new – but need to rekindle lost arts  Localism needs professionals to succeed  Shift in working – Partnership approach with local people  Designing ‘with’ rather than ‘for’ communities  Might need to adapt the design process – but professional skills more vital than everSherry Arnstein‘A ladder of citizen participation’Journal of the American Planning Association,25: 4, 216-224(1969)
  7. 7. The role for architects? Enabling - Add value, not just as designers, but as facilitators of good design principles Responding - Reconciling multiple, complex issues/concerns into an appropriate design response Inspiring - advocating good design and encouraging ambition Designing - adding value through good design
  8. 8. Will localism deliver good design? Localism will have mixed results and could go either way – promote or prevent good design But localism is about empowering people and good design should be too New landscape provides opportunities to demonstrate how good design offers value By involving people perhaps there’s an opportunity to change attitudes about development and design?
  9. 9. ConclusionsDifficult environment within which to talk about design qualityAchieving design quality requires establishing a demand for it.Requires clients to see value, architects to communicate it,communities to demand it and local authorities to insist upon it.Unclear whether localism will deliver better design outcomes.Communities need the right support to deliver thisThe prize in localism is a more informed public, who understandthe challenges of design, planning and development. Alsoprofessionals that are re-connected and can learn fromcommunities