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Rogers launches inquiry into design’s effect on behaviour

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Richard Rogers is set to launch a parliamentary inquiry into how design in planning can affect behaviour change

The eight-month-long Design Commission inquiry will be launched in Parliament by Rogers tonight (8 June).

The cross-party investigation, which is being headed up by Bartlett dean Alan Penn and Baroness Whitaker, will investigate how the increased use of design in planning of the built environment could lead to positive behaviour change in local communities.

In its call for evidence the All Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) is looking for examples of how infrastructure can be used to ‘design for good behaviours’ and is also on the hunt for case studies where design-led planning policy has positively affected communities.

Expected to be published towards the end of the year, the inquiry’s final report will produce a series of recommendations for new thinking in planning policy across local and central government.

The deadline to submit evidence is 3 July.

Call for Evidence

1) Does the built environment affect the behaviour of individuals or communities? Is there evidence to suggest that it does or does not? If yes, in what ways?
2) Are there examples of changes in behaviour on the part of people in the UK in relation to any aspect of the built environment? What examples should the Inquiry look at, both positive and negative?
3) Are there examples where people have changed their behaviour as the result of some aspect of the built environment?

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