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Design review publications

Articles and publications from design review.

Helping local people choose good design: design review network annual report 2009-10

The network of design review panels operating across England provides local authorities and others with independent expert design advice.

Design review: principles and practice

Design review is a tried and tested method of promoting good design and a cost-effective way of improving quality.

Guidance on tall buildings

Revised and updated to reflect changes to the planning system and CABE's and English Heritage's experience of evaluating planning applications for tall buildings.

Design review: how CABE evaluates quality in architecture and urban design

Guidance on how we evaluate schemes, from site planning through to the final project, considering procurement and the role of the planning system.

Design review-ed: issue 2

A review of some of the projects seen by CABE's design panel in 2004/05, including hospitals, supermarkets and the regeneration of Birmingham.

Design review-ed urban housing: lessons learnt from projects reviewed by CABE s expert design panel

Urban housing projects reviewed by CABE's design panel, with case studies that illustrate how higher densities and high design standards can be compatible.

Design review-ed town centre retail: lessons learnt from projects reviewed by CABE s expert design panel

Town centre retail schemes reviewed by CABE's design panel, with case studies that illustrate good practice in retail design.

Design review-ed masterplans: lessons learnt from projects reviewed by CABE s expert design panel

A review of masterplans on which the CABE design panel has advised, with case studies that highlight good practice in masterplanning.

Design review-ed: issue 1

A review of some of the projects seen by CABE's design panel in 2003/04, including arts and community buildings, tall buildings and public spaces.

Articles

Supermarkets – the new drivers of urban growth

Supermarkets have become major players in building and shaping places. Retailers don’t just want to build a supermarket nowadays. They want to redevelop town centres, with housing, shopping streets and schools.

Town centres at risk if supermarket-led development fails

A new report by CABE warns that supermarket-led developments in town centres will be a liability rather than an asset to the community if they are not well designed.

Supermarket schemes reviewed by CABE

We have design reviewed more than 30 large mixed-use retail led schemes. The majority of these are Tesco schemes, although we have also seen proposals from ASDA and Sainsbury’s. Planning applications reviewed by our design review panel are listed below.