• Identify what materials and design features are vital to the character of your area
  • Share ideas and photographs of features and elements liked by the group
  • Draw together what your group would like the buildings/houses in any new development to ultimately look like


  • Identifying what makes your area unique using our ‘5 essential qualities of place’ matrix
  • Finding and rating local building/house types
  • Identifying local building elements and materials


You’ll need to brief people in advance of the workshop to gather photos and come prepared with ideas.

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Things you will need

  • Paper for people to write on individually
  • An A1 board/flip chart to write collated opinions
  • Pin-board or large area of wall to create image clusters
  • Laptop, projector and screen to show images (optional)
  • Sign-in sheet

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3a Defining the 5 Essential Qualities of Place
3b Finding and Rating Local Building/House Types
3c Identifying Local Building Elements and Materials

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