Update your thinking. Learn. Get inspired.


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


Gain frank insight from internal and external experts, including developers, investors, scientists, designers, city leaders and researchers.


Ideal for the whole placemaking team, from developer to designer, investor to local government, come to the Festival and meet new partners in a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. Finish the day with a celebration of the best in place at The Pineapples awards party.


“Genuinely vibrant, exciting and thought-provoking”

Nigel Brewer, planning and design director, Places for People

Patricia Brown, Rachel Fisher and Tim Tompkins on stage at the Festival of Place 2019
Patricia Brown, Rachel Fisher and Tim Tompkins on stage at the Festival of Place 2019
Q&A session at the Festival of Place
Q&A session at the Festival of Place

Tackle the big issues, together.

Participate and meet new collaborators seeking to address the biggest challenges facing makers of place, with inspiring speeches, hands-on workshops and coffee on tap


“Excellent from start to finish”

Kevin McCauley, executive director, CBRE


Darren Comber, Chief Executive, Scott Brownrigg

Festival of Place 2019 brought 450 professionals, placemakers and city-shapers together
Festival of Place 2019 brought 450 professionals, placemakers and city-shapers together


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

The market square is the hub at the Festival of Place
The market square is the hub at the Festival of Place


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


Themes for 2020

What makes a place
worth living in?

Do you know how to measure social value, build community and create places where people stay healthy and feel well? Speakers include leading Italian architect Stefano Boeri, Sophie White, Director of Infrastructure Grant at Homes England and Jonny Anstead, Founding Director of Town


How do we enable disability and impairment and the elderly to thrive?

Do you know how design places that enable all ages and abilities, creating new routes to employment and agency? Experts include blind anthropologist Danny Michael Ball and Danna Walker, Founder/Director of Built By Us


What is the future of transport?

Learn from the approaches cities are taking in re-imagining future transport and gain insight from research into how mobility is changing. Speakers include Nicole Badstuber, transport researcher, UCL and Natascha McIntyre Hall, Assistant Director Strategic Developments at Portsmouth City Council


How do we future-proof our cities from climate risk?

From re-imagining landscape architecture and public space to support hotter and wetter cities, to the less talked about fallouts from climate change such as social and health impacts. How can you assess the risk and mitigate it on your development? Speakers include Hala El Akl, director at PLP Architecture on masterplanning for climate change and Araceli Camargo, Neuroscientist from The Centric Lab on PTSD and global heating.


What is a truly Smart City?

Do you know how to harness the benefits of data and technology to the benefit of the citizen? How do make sure the ’offline’ needs and voices are represented, such as children, the unemployed, homeless and elderly? Speakers include Alex Fefegha of Comuzi Lab.


What makes a culturally vibrant city?

Do you know how to design places where music, arts and culture thrive? Speakers include Tom Hawley, Strategic Adviser to Yoo Capital’s Future Olympia

And more...

view the 2019 programme

What is it?


The Festival of Place is a one-day conference 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 working in the redevelopment of urban spaces and places


When 13 November, 2020


Where Tobacco Dock, London E1W 2SF


Timings 8:45am registration to 5:30pm cocktail party



We recognise everyone’s budgets are under pressure at the moment and have reduced our ticket price from £495 to aid your participation. The below prices are valid until 31 August 2020.


1 ticket £322 + VAT

2 tickets £295 + VAT per ticket
3 tickets £266 + VAT per ticket


Organisation pass* £2,000 + VAT
Learning & Development pass** £2,500 + VAT

For multiple tickets, Learning & Development 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.


**For organisations keen to send larger groups to gain valuable learnings and CPD points. Opportunity to provide access across different disciplines and experience levels. Resticted to 10.


What to expect Expect a day of inspiring talks tackling the big issues, from the high street to knife crime, and hands-on workshops designed to supercharge creativity, broaden the conversation and challenge the status quo





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