Description: Kent Design Initiative (KDI) was a 3 year programme of activities continuing the Design Excellence North Kent (DENK) programme to promote and champion design excellence across Kent. KDI was funded by Kent County Council and developed and managed by Kent Architecture Centre
Why we carried out the project: The KDI programme provided opportunities to respond to local priorities, address the gaps and raise the quality of design in Kent, building on the success of DENK. This programme included the Kent Design Awards, showcasing exemplar design in Kent, topical seminars and newsletter bulletins to share skills and practical experience on topical issues that affect design and planning.
In addition the programme included the Enabling Review. This provided a local design review service delivering one to one expert support and advice to resolve difficulties on smaller schemes that are often overlooked yet make a significant cumulative impact.
Client: Kent County Council, Local Authorities in Kent and Medway
Testimonials: Adrian Legg, a planner with Dartford Borough Council said “Housebuilders can have this ‘off the peg’ approach to development which is likely to become less and less acceptable.. The Enabling scheme can help to overcome an impasse between developer and planners and take things forward. It also enables developers to see the benefit of real design input.”
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