design codes

Good and bad design and building codes: coding for creativity and value

Matthew Carmona
Matthew Carmora, Head of the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
16 minutes
Matthew Carmora presentation on building codes, at the Building Centre, as part of the: Securing Successful Densification in our Suburbs, UrbanBuzz Showcase Seminar.

DIY urbanism: pattern books + design codes = sustainable, large volume self build projects

DIY urbanism: pattern books + design codes = sustainable, large volume self build projects
Michael Kohn, director, Slider Studio

Michael Kohn, director, Slider Studio

The youcanplan project is exploring ways in which the planning system can support pre-approval for enabled self build community schemes, based on design rules or code combined with pattern books. Free youcanplan software will support the design initiative

Upton: design codes as a collaborative tool

Upton: design codes as a collaborative tool

At Upton, design codes have been used to raise the standard of housebuilding and encourage developers to explore the Northamptonshire vernacular rather than to prescribe architectural style, say Guy Briggs and Giles Thomson

Edward Taylor (The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment)

Edward Taylor (The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment) ended the morning session by setting out the nature of that charity before describing its work in Poundbury, Sherford, Upton and Ballater. All the projects involved the application of urban design principles established by Leon Krier and made familiar through the work of the New Urbanists in the United States. The foundation had been involved to various degrees in these projects and in those where it had a closer and longer commitment, such as Poundbury and Ballater. considerable architectural detail had been specified by the codes. It is significant that the Duchy of Cornwall is the landowner in both Poundbury and Sherford.

In the question and answer session the issue of landownership was raised and it was suggested that the key to the success of a code was the control that was exercised on the land. Not only those projects where the Duchy of Cornwall but also Upton and Newhall were prepared and implemented under the auspices of a single and enlightened landowner who was prepared to forego financial gain in exchange for a higher quality project. A response to this was the observation that a range of house builders had been used including some volume builders.

The other issue raised was that of the embracing of traditional and vernacular architecture in the pattern books proposed by the Prince’s Foundation. New Hall was complimented for avoiding this and achieving a modern image while Hammersby Sjorstad was commended to the conference as being a model for a modern, well designed and sustainable housing development. This reinforces the point of the earlier discussion since in Stockholm there is considerable control exercised by the local authority through landownership.

Gallions Park

Gallions Park

The London Development Agency (LDA) to promote a zero carbon development to demonstrate that zero carbon can be technically and commercially viable.

The LDA has chosen Gallions Park – a brownfield site at the eastern end of the Royal Albert Dock as the location for this development. To illustrate that a zero carbon development is a viable option, arup was commissioned to produce a feasibility study at Gallions Park.the LDA also asked Adams and Sutherland to produce a design code for the site.

Urban Design (Quarterly) Issue 101, Winter 2007: Design Codes

UDQ101 cover

Full text of the Winter 2007 edition viewable for all RUDI members

Cover - Kirchsteigfeld, Potsdam, Germany, Krier Kohl Architekten, Photo H.G. Esch

Creating a civic realm: the future of design codes

Creating a civic realm: the future of design codes

Design codes are being piloted across the UK with the hope that they will maintain quality, respond to market choice and lead to environmental sustainability. But is the quest for the urban design equivalent of the philosopher's stone really that viable? Ivor Samuels explores the issues