George is an urban designer at Create Streets, working to create greener, happier and healthier communities. He believes that designers have a key role to play in safeguarding the long-term well-being of communities and our environment through design that recognizes the value of nature, local context and sustainable connectivity. He has a background in human geography and holds a Masters’ in urban design. George works closely with landowners, developers, councils and neighbourhood groups and has experience of working on masterplans for new settlements, urban extensions and brown field sites, at a range of scales both in the U.K. and abroad.
Today's episode is all about masterplanning for sustainable places but also beautiful places. I do believe that there is a close connection between beauty and sustainability. Places that are attractive and desirable to be in will stand the test of time, will be preserved and adapted into the future. Whereas places that are ugly or inappropriate, like a lot of mid-century modernist tower blocks and estates, are much more likely to be torn down and replaced, which brings with it a huge waste of materials and carbon emissions.