Quality of Life Study themes (Illustrator: Lizzie Lomax)

The Quality of Life Foundation has been set up to explore ways in which we can improve people’s quality of life by making wellbeing central to the way we create and care for our homes and communities. Quality of life can be understood to mean ‘the level to which individuals may feel their lives to be happy, active, sociable, interesting and meaningful’.

A 3D line drawing showing two different block compositions

URBED worked with MHCLG to develop a National Model Design Code for the UK, which provides both a methodology and a toolkit of resources to inform the production of design guidance and codes at local level. 

What is a Design Code?

A design code is a set of simple, concise, illustrated design requirements that are visual and numerical wherever possible to provide specific, detailed parameters for the physical development of a site or area. Design codes need to be based on a vision for how a place will develop in the future.

URBED Illustrative Masterplan

URBED have been working alongside Mikhail Riches and Mole Architects on a £28 million redevelopment of the Agora Centre in Wolverton, Milton Keynes.
The developer TOWN have issued their submission of the planning application which has been a major milestone for the Love Wolverton project. The decision for the application is due to be made in early 2021 with works commencing in mid-2021 for an estimated duration of two years.


We are looking for a graduate designer with a background/interest in urban design and architecture to join our team.

As you may already know, we launched Urban Scrawl to further explore ideas and issues we come across a

Urban Scrawl

Grow your own Garden City. David Rudlin outlines the economic case for developing a city like Uxcester

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URBED have continued to build upon the success of the 2014 Wolfson Prize, with regular approaches for Garden Town design guidance.


  • Some amazing work by Radcliffe and Bushfield School Students to create Minecraft Agora: Love Wolverton https://t.co/F42wHD4oDt 1 day 13 hours ago

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