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MELA invited by Urban Design Group to talk about Building Neighbourhoods not Housing Estates

On Thursday 9 May at 6.30-8.30pm, the Urban Design Group are running

Creating Neighbourhoods not Housing Estates: What’s going wrong and how to put things right

JTP, Unit 5, The Rum Warehouse, Pennington Street, London E1W 2AP


Most housing today is delivered by major house builders as housing estates rather than as balanced development. The practical problems have been well publicised, including poor location leading to car dependency, the vehicle-oriented design of streets, and a value engineering approach that eliminates many of the features that humanise an urban area.

But the problems go far wider, with housing areas characterised by poor social mix, loneliness, declining local facilities and communities divided by age, ethnicity, ability, gender and wealth.

What can be done to create housing areas where neighbourliness, friendliness and happiness grow and grow?


Chaired by Leo Hammond – Urban Design Group & LSH

Speakers include:


Introduction: Creating Neighbourhoods not Housing Estates  

Noha Nasser, Mela Social Enterprise


Government’s Housing Policy: the future

Jenny Thomas, MHCLG


Urban Mending – Case Study: Dover Court, Islington  

Tricia Patel, PTE


From hostile high-rise to homes for humans – Case Study: Lenton and Radford, Nottingham  

Clare San Martin, JTP


Creating neighbourhoods  

Cany Ash, Ash Sakula


Housing design – from councillor’s subjective perspectives to objective assessment  

Professor Matthew Carmona, Place Alliance


Good design is an economic issue

David Rudlin, URBED and Academy of Urbanism




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