Past Events


How to design housing for people: Making space for childhood

June 2016

ZCD Architects chaired a discussion with Ben Shaw, Rob Wheway, Maisie Rowe and Annalie Riches exploring issues of children’s independent mobility, extended play,  access and health and wellbeing in housing design. 


Hackney Estates

January 2015

Dinah Bornat developed a pilot study of six Hackney estates, working with her post-graduate MArch students at University of East London in 2014. The schemes were surveyed using observational analysis and maps and models were produced to describe external spaces in a new way. Residents, housing associations and representatives from Hackney Council were invited to an exhibition of the work in January 2015. They shared thoughts and left ideas for how external spaces could be improved on their estates.


Homes and Community Agency workshop, University of East London

November 2015

A Waste of Space? Supporting health and happiness through the design of external space in housing developments

A one day seminar organised by the Homes and Communities Agency including presentations from Noel Farrer, Bob Allies and a number of others. Dinah was a key note speaker at this event.


Green Sky Thinking

February 2016

Dinah made a 5 minute ‘pitch’ about her research under the heading 'Community Infrastructure' at Max Fordham and Partners.  

Max Fordham feel that are sustainability issues that are not being tackled by current housing legislation. We question: Is there a danger of broader altruistic concerns being forgotten, with the increasing focus on the ‘user’?

 The interactive workshop allowed the audience can explore some of these legislatively marginalised sustainability issues in greater detail. Trying to answer the question ‘if we can’t afford everything, what shouldn’t be omitted?’

 The objective of the session was to identify what is currently Best Practice and to try to identify Pioneering Targets that may seem outrageous today but may be adopted as common future goals.


Pechu Kucha at Surface Design Show

February 2016

Dinah was invited by Annalie Riches to make a 20 slide pecha-kucha presentation of her emerging research work.