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Smart Sustainable Design: Are We Seeing Signs of Progress?

The conversation around regenerative construction has come a long way in the last decade, with a maturing understanding of the possibilities and a growing public focus on how well the built environment meets our sustainability goals. It’s heartening to see increased attention on whether we’re delivering the sustainability benefits we truly need.

Can Urban Design Combat Loneliness and Foster Genuine Connections?

In a world where our population is booming, it’s paradoxical that we’re feeling more isolated than ever before. We’re living in an era of unparalleled connectivity. Yet, this digital age hasn’t necessarily translated into deeper social bonds. In fact, some argue it might be driving us further apart.

Urbanism Redux: People Centered Cities

The threat of strikes in London underscores the vulnerability of our urban infrastructure. In times like this, the already un-loved commute to work becomes a daunting task and we are reminded of the risk that even the slightest disturbance carries to both businesses and hardworking individuals. Architects have always been contemplating innovative solutions to reshape our urban landscapes, but maybe it is time to think about how to put these ideas into practice for a more resilient and sustainable future.

Veanna Chan: 5 Minutes With

Go behind-the-scenes with me as I talk about my career in Architecture, what I likes about it, some of the challenges I have faced and things that I have been working on.

Reap What You Sow: Valuing Workplaces that Grow Good Ideas

“Employment is one of the key routes to accessing income, which, in turn, is the pathway to many wellbeing factors, such as healthcare, self-care, nourishment, housing, mobility and security. Therefore, it is imperative that, as a society, we create an ecosystem that supports people through the employment life cycle.”

Urban Density and Green Spaces Can Work Together

As part of an in-depth internal conversation that we’re having at PLP Architecture and PLP Labs, I spoke with Property Week about the importance of urban green spaces and networks within our cities. The idea of increasing biophilia, meaningful greening, and wellbeing within our cities permeates throughout all of our work but has yet to really be seen in mainstream urban design. I believe that it’s critical to keep talking about these issues in the public eye, so that we can build on post-pandemic momentum and really improve the provision of green spaces in urban environments.

Neurodiversity and Colour

In ‘Designing for Neurodiversity’ our team at PLP Labs, with Centric Lab, explored how the design of offices have a significant impact on the physical and mental health their occupants.

Home Report – Post Pandemic Trends in Residential Design

The way we live has always been subject to change but the pandemic has drastically accelerated the pace of this evolution. We are seeing record-high rates of young adults living with their parents, spurred on by widespread financial difficulty. At the same time, an increase in single-person households is being driven by longer life spans and mind shifts on traditional adulting milestones, like marriage and childbearing.

Designing for Neurodiversity – Creating enabling office environments

PLP Labs and Centric Lab published research for the British Council for Offices titled “Designing for Neurodiversity”. The report examines the impacts that physical spaces have on their users, finding that certain spaces can be disabling because of their poor design and lack of consideration for the diverse needs of users. The report encourages workplace design to address unemployment and burnout among neurodiverse workers.