Summer school shines in spite of rain
8 August 2007
Around 120 delegates attended the 2007 CABE urban design summer school, representing sectors including architecture, local authority planning and housebuilding.
Britain's second city, Birmingham, played host to the 2007 CABE urban design summer school. Based around the hub-like campus of Aston Business School, the programme for the school covered four days of hands-on workshops, seminars, site visits and international-calibre speakers, along with evening networking events.
The summer school, which ran for four days in June, was attended by over 120 delegates from around the UK and overseas, drawn from sectors including architecture, local authority planning, housebuilding and students. This mix of specialisms and skills meant the delegates could learn from each other, at the same time as learning from industry figures like Martha Schwartz, Herbert Dreiseitl and John Worthington. Each speaker described their experience in innovation and excellence in placemaking and explored how others could achieve the same.
The backbone of the 2007 summer school was the Big Project workshops. The delegates had the opportunity to apply their knowledge and learning to three development sites in the West Midlands: the Eastside and Newtown areas in Birmingham, and Tamworth town centre.
The school was designed as an intensive programme and it certainly lived up to expectations. Evaluation of the programme is ongoing but interim results indicate the event achieved over 98 per cent satisfaction. But it doesn't end there. CABE and its partners - a consortium drawn from the academia, design and development sectors - are developing follow-up materials and learning packages for school alumni for publication on the summer school website. The alumni programme will also include events and other activities to keep people informed of developments in the sector.
Finally, we'll soon be announcing the location for the 2008 school, at which point you will be able to register your interest in attending. Places for the school fill up fast, so if you want to come next year, you should certainly register. To keep up to date, visit the summer school website.