Making it. Beautifully

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) SUITE.

Develop and enhance your skill-set with our new suite for Continuing Professional Development: Making It. Beautifully. Taking inspiration from the ‘Living with Beauty’ report by the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission in 2020, our suite of four CPD’s explores the topic of beauty to understand how it can be examined, re-imagined and incorporated into the built environment to create spaces that foster a sense of wellbeing and community.

the beauty of heritage.

Examine the beauty of traditional materials in the modern world. Move through time to contemplate the medium of clay and how UK-made materials link to craftsmanship, connection and community to delve into beauty, design and heritage.

THE BEAUTY OF HERITAGE

CPD 1: Making It. Beautifully Suite

Our CPD suite explores the topic of beauty and how it can be examined, re-imagined and incorporated into the built environment. Taking inspiration from the ‘Living wth Beauty’ report by the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission in 2020, Our CPD suite examines heritage, wellbeing, community and waste.

The Beauty of Heritage explores the beauty of traditional materials in the modern world. Moving through time to contemplate the medium of clay, we showcase how UK-made materials link to craftsmanship, connection and community to delve ton beauty and heritage.

A question of beauty

Why are we not building as beautifully as we once were? Examine the definition of beauty and its subjectivity. Understand how this can be translated into the built environment as we endeavour to create materials that play in giving character to buildings and in doing so, contribute to the beauty of a place beyond aesthetics.

the beauty of clay

We’re aware now more than ever the impact of material choice. As an architectural material, clay is transformed from muddy beige into a beautiful artefact. This module explores the composition and scientific properties of clay, the technicalities of its production, and the unique advantages ofthis medium.

A POTTED HISTORY

The mass production of tiles in England began in the 18th century, and since then the industry has developed into a highly mechanised process. The Potteries has become synonymous with ceramic tile production and boasts globally recognised brands. Find out more about this site of historical and industrial importance.

STORIES IN CERAMICS

There are many inspirational stories set in ceramics that help conserve the past and send powerful messages to the future. Understand how the beauty of ceramics can communicate meaningful stories through showcases such as The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibition, The Butterflies, and the Tile Tapestry.

HERITAGE NOW

Innovation is crucial to preserve historical craftsmanship without compromising sustainability actions and environmental concerns. As the ‘Living with Beauty’ report states: “In general, all that we seek by way of human health and environmental sustainability is bound up with beauty.” Heritage values must unite with modern methods.

beauty in the eye of the specifier

Widen the lens on beauty through the eyes of the specifier. Set out a more holistic appreciation of beauty beyond aesthetic and acknowledge the impact material selection has on helping people to feel good, function well and to flourish.

Beauty in the eye of the specifier

CPD 2: Making It. Beautifully Suite

Beauty in the Eye of the Specifier widens the lens on beauty to set out a more holistic appreciation of beauty beyond aesthetic and acknowledges the impact material selection has on helping people to feel good, function well and to flourish.

The Visceral Need for Beauty

Beauty is fundamental to the creation of connection and community, along with the need for “well-living”, accelerated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Science shows that there are many commonalities between what we perceive to be beautiful. Part of this universal appreciation of what constitutes beauty brings us to biophilic and our deep connection with nature.

Introduction to Neuroaesthetics

As an emerging field, Neuroaesthetics seeks to understand how much beauty is biologically and culturally inherited. Patterns, textures, and edge articulation provide needed cues that allow humans to negotiate their environment. Explore how this helps designers create surroundings that speak to our senses by satisfying the universal quest for beauty.

Designing for Moments of Delight

Moments of delight can be orchestrated experiences relating to architecture that help foster a sense of true contentment. These moments have important implications for human wellbeing and buildings with fewer of these moments can leave our lives impoverished. Find out how these moments can be incorporated into the built environment.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The five ways to wellbeing framework demonstrates the key physical design characteristics associated with positive mental health, for a deeper exploration into the intrinsic link between our surroundings and wellbeing. There are many design characteristics that can either impinge on or enhance these so-called healthy behaviours.

Showcasing Beautiful Surfaces

A product’s beauty isn’t in how it meets a single measure, but holistically satisfying people, profit, and planet. Discover the growing number of surface materials that are resourcefully rising to the challenge in a number of appealing ways by reclassifying waste, promoting wellbeing, and re-purposing materials.

the beauty of togetherness.

Discover the importance of community in carving out a more forward-thinking, inclusive UK ‘care model’ that could, at long last, help revolutionise the design and delivery of products, services and settings that empower our elderly to truly ‘live’ for longer.

The beauty of togetherness

CPD 3: Making It. Beautifully Suite

The Beauty of Togetherness looks at the importance of community in carving out a more forward thinking, inclusive UK ‘care model’ that could, at long last, help revolutionise the design and delivery of products, services and settings that empower our elderly to truly ‘live’ for longer.

Beauty Overlooked

Discover a number of initiatives underway that consider the role neighbourhoods play in protecting the psychological safety and emotional wellbeing of people in their later life stages. Find out about how seniors should be given greater share of voice to achieve beauty.

Community is Key

As we grow older, we spend more time in our homes and communities. The home is a place of belonging, contributing to our sense of identity and feelings of safety and security in older age. Ensuring these communities are accessible and safe for all has a marked impact on the independence of our elderly.

Innovation in Care

Independence is integral to living well with dementia. Establishing communities that encourage independent dementia living leads residents to continue day-to-day activities in a safe and social environment. Maintaining community links helps build a deeper understanding of dementia to continually improve care.

Designing for Dementia

Dementia symptoms include a number or perceptual and physical difficulties that impact a user ’s experience of a space. Including design elements that are aware of these impairments can help alleviate symptoms and create inclusive spaces that lead to positive experiences for residents.

Surface Considerations

Addressing issues pertaining to surfaces and specifications can support people’s sight, visuo-perceptual impairment, memory loss an musculo-skeletal problems. Explore how colour, contrast, textures and materials can help overcome resident anxiety.

Beauty Reversed: the ugly truth about waste

Delve into the need to re-frame waste as a second life resource and acknowledge the psychological barriers of working and succeeding with waste in the interiors space. Find out what it takes to create beautiful interior products that are built to last.

beauty reversed: the ugly truth about waste

CPD 4: Making It. Beautifully Suite

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