The Politics and Practice of Place

In this collection of essays we will look at how to make better places in London. The essays will unpack the essential components of successful placemaking, the political and financial strategies needed to make these plans a reality and the future of the field.

In recent years, public debate and policy has been keenly focused on ways to increase London’s housing supply. But though numbers are important, the quality of London’s places matters too. As we build, we need to think how we are changing the character of the city, creating new places and adapting existing neighbourhoods.  Get this right, and it will pay dividends down the centuries. Get it wrong and the costs will mount, decade after decade.

At a time of such large-scale redevelopment and change in London, it’s a good time to take a step back and consider the new and changed places that we are creating, the ingredients and techniques that underpin success and failure, and the challenges that face us at a time of continuing growth and accelerating social and technological change.

Contributors in this collection of essays include planners, academics, developers and practitioners. Each will offer fresh perspectives on placemaking and the challenges facing city makers today.

Contributors include:

  • Dan Labbad, Chief Executive Officer, International Operations, Lendlease
  • Richard Brown, Research Director, Centre for London
  • Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills
  • Robert Bevan, architecture critic, Evening Standard
  • Daisy Froud, Community engagement strategist
  • Neale Coleman, Partner, Blackstock Partnership
  • Finn Williams, Regeneration Area Manager at the Greater London Authority
  • Sadie Morgan, Co-founding Director, dRMM Architects / Design Chair at HS2
  • Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the built environment, UCL
  • Indy Johar, CEO Dark Matter Laboratories, & Executive Director Project CEO
  • Euan Mills, Urban Design and Planning Lead at Future Cities Catapult
  • Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
  • Kat Hanna, Research Manager, Centre for London

The essays will be published on Wednesday 1 March, 2017.


This project is generously supported by