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The Developer

For makers and shapers of place

The Developer is a publication for enlightened real estate developers working in the private and public sector along with their investors, local government, architects, placemakers and project teams. It’s major event, the Festival of Place, brings its audience together to learn, inspire and debate the future of placemaking.


We inform and connect professionals working in the development and design of urban spaces through our journalism, podcast, films, magazine and live at the annual Festival of Place, breaking down silos to bring professionals together to define what makes a place worth living in; cities where people thrive.


We recognise the need to eradicate systemic racism and ethnic oppression from property development and urban planning. We are committed to amplifying the voices of black and ethnic minority professionals, citizens, writers and photographers, and to openly discuss and challenge racism in urban space, planning and property development.


Our content is free and supported by our subscribers, Patrons and sponsors, tickets for live events and entries to our awards programme, The Pineapples.


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The Developer is the brainchild of its Editor-in-Chief Christine Murray, former editor of the Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review, working in partnership with former colleague James Macleod, its Director.


The Developer and the Festival of Place are about how to build communities that thrive, where people want to live, work, play and learn.


We bring together developers, investors, local government, architects, urban designers and the wider project and placemaking team through inspiring events and media channels. We give free and subsidised tickets away to charities, community groups and those who need them.


If you’re interested in contributing, please contact Editor-in-chief Christine Murray at


If you would like to connect with our audience through our events and publications online and in print, contact Portfolio Director James Macleod at


The Developer and Festival of Place

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Creative Director Micha Weidmann

Art Director Sonny Dhamu


Contributing Editor and Columnist Patricia Brown


Anthropologist and Placetester Nitasha Kapoor


Filmmaker and Podcast Producer Simon Mercer





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To connect with our audience through our events and publications, contact Director James Macleod at



We are looking to amplify a diverse range of voices sharing fresh perspectives on the user experience of cities. If you have ideas or something to say, please get in touch.


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