Update your thinking. Learn. Get inspired.


Break down silos and come together with professionals to tackle the major issues facing urban development in an environment where it is safe to ask questions.


Gain frank insight from experts, including authors, scientists, cultural leaders, developers, investors, scientists, designers, community workers and city leaders.


Ideal for the whole placemaking team, from developer to designer, investor to local government. Includes our inspiring celebration of the best in place, The Pineapples awards.

Participate and meet new collaborators seeking to address the biggest challenges facing makers of place, through online masterclasses and workshops, where you will roll your sleeves up around the table.

“Genuinely vibrant, exciting and thought-provoking”

Nigel Brewer, planning and design director, Places for People

Interactive workshops in small groups at the Festival of Place
Interactive workshops in small groups at the Festival of Place


“Excellent from start to finish”

Kevin McCauley, executive director, CBRE

5 ways to #connect at the festival


1. Grab the mic at one of our Parleys

Every day, we host parleys, a roundtable think-in with expert guests where we unpack some of the biggest challenges facing towns and cities. Members of the audience are invited to grab the mic and actively take part in the discussion, sharing their insights and best practice as we seek to redefine what best practice looks like in the new normal. From investing in Net Zero to the future of planning, from the trouble with retail to the future of living, from the land value and investment to creating inclusive places, there’s a parley you’ll want to be a part of. Too shy to grab the mic? Submit your question by text, participate in the all-attendee chat or reach out privately to participants in the direct chat.


2. Attend our interactive workshops and masterclasses

At our placehack workshops, the audience breaks into small working groups of four in video meetings to tackle a challenge, discuss and share best practice. It’s an ideal environment in the new normal to informally meet other professionals committed to making places where people thrive. Workshops include a masterclass by Gil Penalosa, 8 80 Cities founder and Chair of World Urban Parks, Dr. Jo Morrison, Director of Digital Innovation and Research at Calvium, Prof Nick Tyler, Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering at UCL, Tim Gill, author and thinker on childhood and risk-taking, and Malcolm Hamilton, Creative Director of Play:Disrupt

You can join a Parley, try speed networking or hang out in our social lounge
You can join a Parley, try speed networking or hang out in our social lounge

3. Take a seat in our social lounge
The social lounge is where the audience waits for the next session to begin. You can take a seat at a table and wait for someone to join you, or you can reach out to someone via the event-wide direct chat and invite them to meet you at a table for a chat. Every table opens a video meeting, just like a Zoom call. Don’t worry about missing the next session, you’ll be automatically transferred to the auditorium when the talk begins. Our conference platform works on any desktop or laptop computer using Chrome or Microsoft Edge, and both of these browsers can be downloaded for free online. There’s nothing to install, just allow access to your microphone and camera and you’re ready to go.


4. Reach out and chat to someone
Is there an attendee you would like to meet? Send them a private direct message and arrange to meet at one of our video tables. Simply look for the attendee and click the three dots next to their name to send them a direct message. Love one of the talks? Reach out to the speaker to ask a question to continue the conversation after their session. Our platform makes it easy to connect with our community. And if you don’t want to be contacted, you have to accept a message to read it. There are no pop-up notifications, so there’s no distractions if you’re in a workshop or focussed on a talk. Simply click on the direct chat tab when you’re in the mood to network.

"Their online events are as delightfully normal as it gets in the new normal" - Festival of Place Bytesize attendeee
"Their online events are as delightfully normal as it gets in the new normal" - Festival of Place Bytesize attendeee


5. Try speed networking
Choose serendipity during our speed networking sessions. When it’s time for speed networking, a joining link will appear when you refresh the social lounge. If you choose to take part, you’ll be matched at random with another attendee for a time-limited three minute video chat. It’s a fast and fun way to connect with other attendees and practice your elevator pitch. At the end of the three minutes, you can make plans to meet at a video table to continue the conversation, send each other a direct chat, or swap email address before your time is up.

Darren Comber, Chief Executive, Scott Brownrigg

“Exciting, with all kinds of things happening and really interactive”
Natascha McIntyre Hall, Assistant Director, Strategic Developments, Portsmouth City Council


Festival of Place 2019
Shortlisted for Event of the Year 2019, IBP Media Awards

What is it?


The Festival of Place is a season of digital inspiration and learning through online talks and workshops where local government and developers, designers and investors, placemakers and cityshapers come together to unlock how to make places that thrive.


Who Developers, local authorities, housing associations, architects, landscape designers, planners, investors, academics and researchers, community outreach workers, agencies and consultancies, and engaged citizens passionate about the redevelopment of urban spaces and places


When 2 - 13 November, 2020


Where Our intuitive online virtual platform with a social lounge for making connections, ideal for workshops, genuine audience participation, and 1-2-1 meetings


Timings A single stream of sessions every day, dip in and out across two weeks of great content




1 ticket £249 + VAT

For discounts on multiple tickets or an Organisation Pass please contact james@thedeveloper.live


We have a limited number of free tickets for charities, students, community groups, engaged citizens and small non-profit organisations. We welcome your participation:


*Organisation pass is available to Developer (public and private), Local government and Investor organisations. There are no restrictions on the number of attendees per organisation, all individuals are required to register in advance and be employees of the organisation. Please refer to T&Cs.

What to expect
Expect a day of inspiring talks tackling the big issues and hands-on workshops designed to supercharge creativity, broaden the conversation, develop a shared narrative and challenge the status quo





  • 13 November 2020
  • Tobacco Dock
  • Wapping, London E1W 2SF
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