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Past initiatives

Details of past initiatives, campaigns and projects run by CABE.

Building Sights

Ever wondered what’s happening on a building site?

Climate change festival

The climate change festival in 2008 turned the debate on its head.

Designs on Democracy

An architectural and urban design competition for town halls, exploring the role that design can play in deepening and strengthening democracy.

Europan UK

Tackling the need for innovation and good design in housing, CABE ran the UK branch of Europan, the world’s largest housing design competition from 2004 to 2008.

Healthy Hospitals

In the early 2000s, the largest healthcare building programme for a generation was underway, aiming to build over 100 new hospitals by 2010. CABE estimated that one in four nurses and one in four patients would be affected by the time the hospital building programme was complete.

How Places Work

A programme that bridged the gap between young people and exciting buildings and spaces.

It’s your space

CABE’s 2004 campaign stimulated communities to get involved in improving the open spaces around them, encouraging ordinary people who look at patches of wasted or underused land every day to feel that they can do something about improving them.


A two day conference organised in partnership with Natural England to promote the benefits of investing in green infrastructure to create sustainable cities.

Space standards floor plan

CABE commissioned a full size scale model of the ground floor of a typical two bedroom, four person family home to make it easier to imagine what it would feel like to live in a typical new-build home and bring alive the argument for minimum space standards for all new homes.

Streets of Shame

CABE’s first campaign in 2002 unearthed the country’s best and worst streets.

Wasted Space?

CABE’s 2003 campaign to draw attention to the derelict space that blights urban communities in England and Wales.