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Online Learning 3: Designing for the climate emergency

Online Learning 3: Designing for the climate emergency 

As we learn more about our individual role in the climate emergency we increasingly change our everyday behaviour – bringing our own keep cup, carrying a water bottle and our own shopping bags.  This webinar explores how we can build on this duty of care collectively, toward fundamental change in the built environment.  

This half-day webinar is aimed at Kent Design members and non-members who do not specialise in sustainability but would like to learn more about how to put sustainability at the heart of what they do, conscious of local climate emergency declarations.  

With the NPPF definitions of climate change adaptation and mitigation in mind, learners can expect to look at fundamental approaches to designing for the climate emergency, considering climate adaptation and mitigation measures in placemaking and at an architectural scale. 

Our guest speakers share their recommendations for climate-responsive design, considering:    

  • What are the most important/urgent things we can address through design? What are the quick wins – if any? 
  • What design decisions can have the biggest impact on the sustainability of placemaking and architecture? 
  • What can we do as individuals without having to wait for policy implementation or governance? 
  • What conversations do we need drive organisationally?  


The NPPF Annex 2: Glossary defines climate change adaptation and mitigation as follows: 

Climate change adaptation: 

Adjustments made to natural or human systems in response to the actual or anticipated impacts of climate change, to mitigate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities.  

Climate change mitigation: 

Action to reduce the impact of human activity on the climate system, primarily through reducing greenhouse gas (including CO2) emissions. 


DateFriday 09 October 

Time: 09:30-12:30 (log in from 09:20)


Delivered by: 

  • Sogand Babol – Architect & Design Advisor, Design South East 
  • Laura Lewis-Davies – Learning Manager, Design South East   

Guest speakers and facilitators include: 

Booking details: 

This online learning programme is available to Kent Design member organisations. 

In order to make the webinars more manageable we are limiting the number of participants. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of 2 places per member organisation. However, there will be an opportunity for further delegates  to view a recording of the webinar and participate in the independent study.  So feel free to provide additional names beyond the 2 places per member and we will be in touch to let them know how they can participate. 

Local authority members: please ensure all bookings are made through your key contact or KPOG representative who will be able to book places at this event on your behalf. If you do not know who that is please email :  and we will let you know. 

To book, please email the central Kent Design email address :  with the following details: 

  • Name of delegate(s) 
  • Organisation 
  • Email address of delegate(s) 
  • Confirmation the delegate(s) can access Zoom through a work or personal device


Online platforms: 

Once you have successfully secured a place on this online learning programme you will receive a Zoom invitation to the webinars plus as password for the Kent Design Members Resource library. 

We will be using Zoom as the online conferencing platform.  We appreciate there might be a small number of members who are unable to access Zoom, so please do let us know if you’re unable to participate and let us know  which platform(s) you do have access to.  We will do our best to help you participate. 

Non-Kent Design members:
There are a limited number of places available to non-members. Prices are £145+VAT per person and must be booked online here. Online booking will open on Monday 21st September.



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