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'Enquiry by Design'. Managing Change. The Approach of the Prince's Foundation.

Noel Isherwood, Welsh representative of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community
Tuesday 20th November 2012 - 5:00pm
Committee Rooms 1&2, Glamorgan Building

Public lecture hosted by the Innnovation and Engagement Unit, Prince's Foundation, Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW) and the Urban Design Group (UDG).


Noel Isherwood has recently been appointed as the Welsh representative of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. Noel is an architect and urban designer and has represented the Foundation on the Poundbury project as well as undertaking a number of recent international speaking assignments in Canada and Malaysia. Noel is also a member of the London based UDG (Urban Design Group).

The Foundation has over the last few years developed an approach to regeneration and pro-growth strategy preparation via ‘enquiry by design (EbD)’ and community engagement via locally held workshops. This ‘enquiry by design’ is based on the Foundation’s strategy of pursuing the three ‘Es’ of:

  • Engaging people: bringing them together to create long-term practical solutions.
  • Educating people: Giving the skills they need to create sustainable places
  • Empowering people: Helping people make change happen in their communities.

Noel will draw on the experience of the Foundation both nationally and internationally with regard to how best to get local communities engaged in managing change, with specific reference to the Foundation’s recent work at Coed D’Arcy and Llandovery.

A presentation by Noel will be followed by a question and answer session led by a panel which will include members of the UDG and other experts, who have had specific experience of working with social and business communities in designing their own local regeneration and pro-growth strategies within both England and Wales.

In addition to Noel Isherwood, the panel will consist of:

  • Liz Kessler - Liz is an urban designer who has worked on retrofitting neighbourhoods of multiple deprivation, mostly New Deal for Communities (NDC) areas.  From 2004-2009 she was Public Space Co-ordinator for EC1 NDC in Islington where in 2004 she was responsible for producing a Public Space Strategy, in effect a neighbourhood plan, to improve the parks, communal areas of estates and the streets, and for co-ordinating its subsequent implementation.
  • Mike Biddulph -  Mike is a senior lecturer in urban design at the Cardiff University School of Planning and Geography. He has been at the forefront of work to introduce home zones to the UK. He is known for his publications "Home Zones: a planning and design handbook" and "Introduction to Residential Layout". He is an Advocate in Practice for The Design Commission for Wales and a Trustee for Play Wales.
  • Professor David Adamson, OBE- Dave is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW).  He has extensive experience of research, evaluation and policy development in regeneration related areas and has worked with a wide range of regeneration partners including the Welsh Government, third sector organisations, RSLs and local authorities in Wales.  Dave is internationally recognised for his work on community empowerment in regeneration partnerships through his long-term engagement with the design, delivery and analysis of Communities First in Wales.