Lorenza Casini

Lorenza was briefly part of the URBED team in 2005 during a student placement while at the Manchester School of Architecture, she has recently rejoined as an Associate Principal after a decade in practice. She is a qualified architect, having trained at the Manchester School of Architecture and the RIBA NW with a wealth of experience in sustainable architecture and urban design and an MSc with Distinction in Environmental and Energy Science at the Centre for Alternative Technology, in Machynlleth, Wales.

Lorenza Casini

Marianne Heaslip

Marianne is an architect with interests in urban design, sustainable architecture, and participative design. She originally joined URBED as an urban designer in 2002 during a second year out, before returning to university to complete the Diploma in Architecture course at The University of Sheffield. She then continued to work for URBED as a trainer on the ‘Homes by Design’ and ‘Neighbourhoods by Design’ courses whilst at university and whilst working for PTEa in Liverpool. She returned to URBED in September 2009 to work on sustainability, masterplanning and architecture projects.

Marianne Heaslip

Proud Trust Celebration Event

The Proud Trust recently hosted a celebration of the work done to date on the new centre. They have been successful in securing almost half of the money they need to rebuild the centre and provide facilities fit for the 21st Century, but there's still lots to do. 

To find out more and make a contribution, visit their website here

You can see a film about the work of the centre here

Community Connects Workshops - ENW

Thursday 21st June, 2018

Electricity North West are running a series of workshops aimed at volunteers and employees in the community and local energy sectors.

"Community Connects" is being delivered by a partnership of organisation who each bring unique expertise from working with the sectoe and will deliver a workshop in their specialist area. URBED in collaboration with Carbon Coop is runing one on energy efficiency in Lancaster on 17th October 2018. 

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Carbon Coop Celebration and AGM

Wednesday 20th June, 2018

Our friends Carbon Coop are holding and event to celebrate the work they've done ober the last year on Saturday 30th June from 10am til 1pm at Real Junk Food, Manchester. 

You can find out more and book a place here:  https://carbon-coop-2018.eventbrite.co.uk

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LGBT+ Centre Public Consultation

On Tuesday 15th May, the Proud Trust invited local residents, landlords, businesses, organisations, and members of the public to view proposals for the new LGBT+ Centre on Sidney Street. 50 people attended the three-hour drop-in session, with presentation boards being in place for a further week for various user groups and staff to view.

Making Places in the North

Friday 25th May, 2018

URBED's David Rudlin is speaking at the Making Places in the North Event on 13th June in Manchester. This is part of an initiative by Constructing Excellence Manchester exploring how we can build a quality sustainable environment, making the North a great place to live.

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Bright Green Future

Thursday 24th May, 2018

Our friends at the Centre for Sustainable Energy are looking for young people to take part in Bright Green Future, a training programme to create a new generation of environmental leaders. 

URBED have provided placements on the programme in the past, and we're happy to support recruitment to this initiative. 

They're looking for exceptional future leaders aged 14-17 with an interest in making a real difference to reducing the impacts of climate change to take part in our one year programme starting in September 2018.

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Capital Gains: A Better Land Assembly Model for London

The GLA has published our report looking at how the process of land assembly in London could be improved. The research was delivered in collaboration with Dentons, Gerald Eve and Housing Futures Ltd and makes recommendations in four key areas:

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4x4 2018 - Creation

Tuesday 8th May, 2018

Last week saw us kicking off another year of 4x4 talks. This year we are focussing on the overall theme “City of Change” and we began with the topic “Creation". URBED intern Lucy Wallwork has written up the event, drawing together some of the issues. You can watch the live stream here, and packaged videos for each speaker should be up on the 4x4 website in a few weeks.

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