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New 2019/20 events programme

Programme summary – events for 2019/20

Spring 2019

Introduction to: Drawings for planning and design
The first in a series of training events working through some basic areas of skills and knowledge aimed at less experienced officers or private sector practitioners.  There will be plenty of hands-on exercises.
Delegates will gain a better understanding of plans, sections, elevations and 3D visualisations. Simple techniques for getting your point across visually. 

Summer 2019

Roundtable: Brexit, Beauty and Brokenshire – current issues impacting planning and design.

A roundtable to discuss current issues impacting planning and design. Kent Design provides a platform for a cross-sector discussion on these issues, enabling Kent and Medway’s local authorities and private sector partners to share their knowledge and learn from others.

(by invitation to Key Partner and Partner members only).

Knowledge Exchange Network: Major sites network
Bringing together people working on new garden communities and urban extensions. This half-day event will draw on the experience of more senior officers and practitioners and will broaden your knowledge and give you new insights into the process of planning, designing and bringing forward new places and neighbourhoods.

Autumn 2019

Study Tour: (2-days)
Visiting a number of exemplary developments across a region. The 2-day tour will include talks from the designers and developers involved in the chosen housing schemes.

Councillor briefing: Achieving better design – what can councillors do? (Locations: Dover and Gravesend)
A two hour session primarily aimed at elected members will include a new ‘Councillors Companion’ based on the highly regarded Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking. 

Development briefing: Kent & Medway
This half-day event will showcase major developments that are shaping Kent & Medway. We will hear from local authority planning and development teams, as well as designers and developers involved in major schemes across the County. This is the perfect opportunity for networking and discussion.

Introduction to urban design: (1-day)
Full-day introduction to designing places and the space between buildings.

Winter 2019

Introduction to: Understanding buildings (or Architecture for non-architects)
A half-day training event working through some basic areas of skills and knowledge aimed at less experienced officers or private sector practitioners.  We will discuss the basics of building design; proportions, details, materials.

Roundtable: Beyond peak car: parking and highways in an era of change
A roundtable to discuss current issues impacting planning and design. Kent Design provides a platform for a cross-sector discussion on these issues, enabling Kent and Medway’s local authorities and private sector partners to share their knowledge and learn from others.

(by invitation to Key Partner and Partner members only).

Knowledge Exchange Network:
Town centres and regeneration network: bringing together planning, regeneration and highways officers and practitioners working on major urban developments to discuss the future shape of town centres, given changes in the retail/leisure balance and transport innovation. This half-day event will draw on the experience of more senior officers and practitioners.

Winter 2019/20

Introduction to: Water-sensitive design
How we can manage rainwater run-off in new developments of a range of densities to provide multiple benefits. At this half-day training event we will work through some basic areas of skills and knowledge aimed at less experienced officers and private sector practitioners.  There will be talks from industry specialists and also some hands-on exercises.

Knowledge Exchange Network:
Historic environment network: bringing together conservation officers, planners, and practitioners working on projects in historic contexts.

Roundtable: (by invitation to Key Partner and Partner members only).
Theme to be confirmed.

Spring 2020

Introduction to:
Housing types and tenures and the design issues associated with them.

Knowledge Exchange Network:
Public realm, streets and highways network (bringing together people working on public realm schemes, housing layouts, highways and, of course, parking).

All event dates and locations are to be confirmed.

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