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New speakers announced for Festival of Place on 12 October in London

Expert speakers have been announced, with more to come, for the Festival of Place in-person event on 12 October at Tobacco Dock in East London, writes Mayura Uthayakumaran


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Christine Murray at the Festival of Place
Christine Murray at the Festival of Place


Festival of Place has announced the first of its speakers for its in-real-life event on 12th October in London at Tobacco Dock, which will tackle how to make equitable places where people thrive in a climate emergency.


Speakers announced to date include: Prof. Loretta Lees, international expert on gentrification, urban policy and social expert; Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, which is targeting a carbon neutral city by 2030; Tim Gill, author of Urban Playground: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities; Martin Prince-Parrott, architecture & development director at Midlands High Growth who will be speaking about retrofitting and densifying existing buildings; Pooja Agrawal, CEO of Public Practice on how planning needs to change to support being equitable and green; Leonora Grcheva, cities and regions lead at the Doughnut Economics Action Lab, on how we can renew places without harming the planet; Dr. Julie Futcher, urban climate researcher and architect, on climate responsive urbanism; Pamela Smith, horticulturist and senior national consultant for gardens and parks at National Trust on the history of the pleasure garden; Romy Rawlings, Commercial Director at Vestre on sustainable and social spaces; Kisa Zehra, economist and sustainability lead at RICS, on how the property industry is addressing the climate crisis and what is to be done; plus interactive games by Play:Disrupt, walking tours and workshops to help attendees make new connections in small, fun groups.


The one-day event takes place at Tobacco Dock in East London and will also be available online via Airmeet. Early bird passes are on sale until tomorrow (Friday, 10 September) for what promises to be a day of learning, inspiration and creativity.


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Since the pandemic, Festival of Place has been running online events, but the festival marks a return to physical events not held since 2019. At the in-person festival, the emphasis will be on the spaces between the sessions, through placehacks, happenings, walking tours and informal effortless networking ensuring the community can easily make new connections to follow-up in an increasingly digital world.


The event will also be streamed using the Airmeet platform, which has been serving the Festival community through its event-wide chat, popular emoji button, the opportunity to ask questions ’on stage’ and social lounge featuring video networking tables.


Festival of Place is powered by The Developer content and has gained a reputation for the insight of its speakers, thought-provoking discussions and the promotion of fresh and challenging ideas on how to make places worth living in.


This event is designed to benefit those working in property industry seeking to do things differently. The focus is on the climate and social equity emergency and unpicking how our infrastructure and housing design needs to change to create better and truly inclusive places.

From building healthy and equitable housing at density, to revitalising town centres and creating resilient communities in the context of a climate emergency, there will be tours and interactive sessions that will energise your professional practice and boost your creativity.


All talks will be streamed online and be made available afterwards to watch on-demand. So even if you spend all day networking or at the fringe events, you won’t miss a thing!


Early bird passes are on sale until September 3rd 2021. Organisation passes are also available, giving your whole team access to all our digital events, plus two tickets to the in-person event.


Learn from leading experts, explore our walking tours and workshops, and connect with industry leaders and cutting-edge professionals who care as much as you do.


This event is made possible by the support of our sponsors, Vestre, Civic Engineers and HTA Design.




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