Making the Case for Place

Placemaking is everywhere, literally and figuratively. Agreeing what it means is less universal, which can lead to problems securing stakeholder buy-in, with knock-on impacts for funding and planning consent.

Some focus on bricks-mortar-landscaping choices and how excellent urban space also delivers rental uplift. Others laud the community or health value of public art, river access or playspace. Those with a socio-economic brief highlight workspace, markets and high streets, while all of these and professionals working in housing and estate renewal are likely to cite the process of making a good – or poor – place as being critical.

Future of London’s 2017 programme will identify common ground between these public- and private-sector priorities for placemaking. Along with research partner Regeneris, we’ll draw from and share audience-specific work by the GLA, NLA, Trowers & Hamlins et al to produce a ‘live’ programme that will help agree and disseminate best practice across the sector.

This programme is kindly sponsored by Lendlease, Countryside Properties, Mount Anvil, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Regeneris. If you’re interested in having your organisation participate, contact Lisa Taylor about the 28th June  conference.

This programme kicks off on 8th February with ‘Towards a Definition of Placemaking’, where an expert panel – chaired by the Guardian’s Dave Hill – will try to unravel these issues in a lively evening of debate and discussion at the  King’s Fund. Thanks to London Communications Agency for co-sponsoring the debate!


Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive, The Glass-House
Robert Evans, Partner, Argent LLP
David Lunts, Executive Director Housing & Land, Greater London Authority
Chris Paddock, Director, Regeneris
Tricia Patel, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards

**This event is now full – email to request a place on the reserve list.

There will be plenty more opportunities to get involved in the programme throughout 2017, including workshops, roundtables and field trips. We’ll post these on our events page and in forthcoming monthly newsletters.