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25 September 2018

Christchurch Mansion


Roundtable 1 - What is good growth? 

The first roundtable event, as part of the Suffolk Design programme of events, took place on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. The roundtable was focused on defining what is good growth in Suffolk. 

‘Good growth’ or ‘smart growth’ are terms used to describe accelerated housing and other development that creates and maintains successful, cohesive and attractive communities and that does not create problems for the future. It is closely aligned to the concept of sustainable development.  There have been a lot of discussions about what good growth means for Suffolk, a county with a diverse range of towns, villages and hamlets.  This roundtable focuses on what good growth is in terms of the design of places, spaces and buildings. It explores how better design can facilitate types of growth that Suffolk’s citizens can feel positive about.   

6 Local Authority staff, 1 Councillor, 3 stakeholders and 5 designers attended the event. 

Event Agenda 

The guest speaker at the event was Bob Allies, Director of Allies and Morrison Architects.

Bob Allies trained at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Architecture. He was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and has held visiting professorships at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bath and the University of Maryland.

He has served on the Council of the Architectural Association and the Faculty of the British School in Rome, chaired the annual Brick Awards and was a member of the Advisory Board for the CABE/DETR document ‘By Design’. He is currently a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and is chair of the South-east Design Review Panel.

His discussion was focused on how good design support growth. The full write up from his "mini  lecture" can be found below.

Event learning


Bob Allies Paper

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