Birmingham to host international design event for second year running

Birmingham is to host the International Urban Design Summer School for the second year running.

MADE (Midlands Architecture and Designed Environment) will run the event, from 19th  – 22nd June, which is expected to attract delegates from around the world.

MADE is the architecture centre for the West Midlands; its objective is to raise the standards of architecture, landscape and urban design across Birmingham and the region. It provides design advice to public, private and voluntary organisations and communities.

Last year’s Summer School was run by MADE on behalf of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). The architecture watchdog has lost its funding from the Department for Culture Media & Sport and is in the process of being wound up; MADE will now take on full responsibility for managing this flagship international design event.

The summer school will include four days of intensive learning on how to create high-quality sustainable places. Work on a live urban design project is supplemented by city walks, skills workshops, speaker presentations and site visits to the pick of the city’s top developments.

The event has attracted more than 750 people since its launch by CABE in 2004. Delegates include architects, planners, engineers, housing and regeneration professionals, community leaders and councillors.

David Tittle, MADE’s interim chief executive, said: “We were determined to pick up the baton from CABE and ensure that this popular event continues.

“It is a great opportunity to showcase Birmingham and the West Midlands to the world and I would urge local firms to get involved.”

MADE is currently compiling the full summer school programme. Firms from the region with an interest in urban design are urged to get involved. Please contact Jo Maguire at MADE if you wish to host, sponsor, provide staff or a venue for an event.

Delegate spaces start at £895 for bookings before 31 March. Further details are available at: www.udss.org.uk

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