THE LAUNCH this week of a new design guide confirmed the government's commitment to improving the standard of urban environments.
'Better places to live' challenges local authorities, developers and engineers to think more imaginatively about design and layout, creating environments that people want to live in.
Planning, regeneration and housing minister Lord Falconer will be detailing the guide during Urban Design Week next Thursday at Urban Visions, the Annual Urban Design Alliance (UDAL) conference.
Urban Design Week is organised by UDAL, a group of professionals and campaigning bodies committed to improving the awareness and importance of urban design. Its chairman is the ICE's next president Mark Whitby.
Urban Design Week is sponsored by Railtrack Property and has over 75 events around the UK celebrating and promoting good urban design.