Places, Spaces and Sociality

On the day before the UK's second national lockdown is due to lift, we'll debate the role that the built environment can play in fostering social interaction - both within the ‘new normal’ but also thinking beyond to the post-Covid city.

The benefits of community are clear: social connection can help you live a longer, happier life. By contrast, loneliness and isolation have a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing. And Covid-19 has undoubtedly thrown a spotlight on the importance of neighbourhood networks: for some community life has flourished, but for others loneliness has been a key feature of the lockdowns. 

In this cross-sector discussion we'll be asking: 

  • How can policy, design, implementation, and management inspire sociality in new and existing neighbourhoods?
  • What impact have the pandemic and social distancing measures had on how we think about and build communities?
  • Is this an opportunity to re-think how we approach ‘community’ to ensure wellbeing and connection are accessible to everyone?

When: Tuesday 1 Dec 2020, 9.30am to 11am
Format: Zoom Webinar

Confirmed Speakers

  • Fiona Fletcher-Smith Group Director Development and Sales, L&Q
  • Sarah Hayes Senior Transport Planner, Arup
  • Mekor Newman Director, NewmanFrancis
  • Tricia Patel Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Dhruv Sookhoo Visiting Lecturer, University of Newcastle 
  • Mike Woolliscroft Chief Executive, Partnerships South, Countryside Properties


This event is free to attend thanks to our supporters, but places are limited and registration is essential.

  1. Click 'Register now' and fill out the form.
  2. You will receive an email to acknowledge your request to attend (if you don't see it, please check your junk folder). Please note this email is NOT a confirmation of your place.
  3. We'll let you know if a place becomes available. This is likely to be two weeks from registration.

Note: This webinar will be recorded and released on FoL's YouTube channel. Srceenshots of event participants will also be taken for use on social media. Please contact if you have any questions. 

1st December 2020 9:30 AM through 11:00 AM

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