Edge Debate 70 – Does built environment policy work? And how should professionals engage?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 | Debates

• What do we know about the successes and failures of built environment policy?
• Can we learn anything from recent experience?
• What role should professionals play in influencing policy-making and its effective delivery?

In July 2015 the refereed journal Building Research and Information (BRI) published a Special Issue, “Closing the Policy Gaps: From Formulation to Outcomes”, guest edited by Simon Foxell and Ian Cooper. This Edge event used the BRI Special Issue as the basis for an in-depth examination of the relationship between built environment professionals and the policies and politics that underpin so much of what they eventually design and build.

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The editorial of the Special Issue notes: “it is apparent that built environment professionals need to develop and maintain an informed knowledge base on why and how policy initiatives work. Such a knowledge base would both assist professionals to input into and work directly and effectively with those policy processes that define their ability to deliver successful projects and professional bodies to better fulfill their public interest obligations in relation to built environment policy.”

The debate examined policy for the built environment from the perspective of recent experience and consider proposals for new approaches with responses from invited commentators before the discussion is opened to the audience.

Chair: Simon Rawlinson, Head of Strategic Research and Insight at Arcadis UK and member of the Construction Leadership Council

Dr. Richard Simmons, Bartlett School of Planning at UCL. Author of ‘Constraints on evidence-based policy: insights from government practice’, BRI Vol. 43, No. 4 Dr. Kathryn Janda, University of Oxford. Co-author of ‘Telling Tales: using stories to remake energy policy’, BRI Vol. 43, No. 4
John Alker, Policy and Communications Director, UKGBC
Professor Fionn Stevenson, University of Sheffield
Clare Devine, Director Design Council Cabe
Ian Cooper, Eclipse Research Consultants. Co-guest editor
Simon Foxell, The Architects Practice. Co-guest editor

5.30 – 9.00pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

Venue: Design Council, Angel Building, 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4AB

    Building Research & Information

The Special issue of Building Research & Information Vol. 43, No. 4

Edge debate 70: Does built environment policy work? - Event sheet
Introduction presentation - S Foxell
R Simmons presentation 151110

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