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BIG MEET 7: Engaging Communities in Place Making

Place Alliance

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 from 10:00 to 16:30 (BST)

BIG MEET 7: Engaging Communities in Place Making

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BM7 Free Admission Ended Free  

Event Details


Location: The Big Tent, Main Courtyard, UCL Gower Street London

Date: Tuesday 25th April 2017

Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Hosted at UCL, kindly sponsored by Frame Projects, organised with the help and support of Carolyn Butterworth and Claire Tymon



The benefits of involving local people in the production of the built environment are being increasingly recognised at a global and national scale. The 2016 UN-Habitat World Cities Report calls for the greater participation of citizens in the development of sustainable, inclusive, safe and resilient cities. In the UK this ambition has been pursued under the Localism Act, a mechanism to encourage a far greater involvement of community and third sector organisations in the planning and design of the built environment.  

The result is a shift towards local autonomy and community ownership coupled with a scaling back of central responsibility in planning and urban development. This places a new level of responsibility on local citizens however, in many cases, groups struggle to access the necessary support to enable control to be picked up at a local level.

A community’s ability to exercise control over it’s built environment plays a key role in its capacity to build resilience in face of an uncertain future. Creative strategies are needed to catalyse urban innovation that responds to the needs of diverse populations, adapting to change and empowering a sense of collective agency.

Big Meet 7 will explore and showcase how approaches of creative community engagement and co-production can transform the built environment and strengthen communities at the same time. Participants will be able to meet groups from across the UK who are involved in innovative practice in community engagement. They will be able to share experiences, learn useful techniques and reflect upon their own local challenges and opportunities in the light of the case-studies presented.

The day will include:

  • A morning of inspirational presentations from UK wide case studies
  • A workshop-led afternoon for those wishing to set up their own Urban Room/creative engagement programme
  • An all-day Urban Room Network fair, exhibitions delivered by URN members


Confirmed speakers: Carolyn Butterworth, Director of Live Works at Univerisity of Sheffield and Chair of Urban Rooms Working Group - Tessy Britton, Director at Participatory City - Prof Matthew Carmona, Chair of Place Alliance - Diane Dever & Lewis Biggs, Director at Folkestone Fringe & Folkstone Triennial - Suzy Jones, RIBA North - Amy Harrison, Head of Learning & Participation at The Architecture Centre (Bristol) - Kate Percival, Director at 22 Sheds (formerly Northern Architecture) - Claire Tymon, Director at Placeshakers.

More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.


The Place Alliance is a voluntary movement that relies on donations. There is no charge to be a supporter or to attend our Big Meets, although if you wish to make a donation of £5 towards our costs, it will be appreciated.

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What is the venue address?

The UCL Main Quad Pavillion is located just inside the main entrance to University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

Wheelchair access: Our main building is fully accessible to visitors with restricted mobility, including wheelchair users.

What are my transport options getting to the event?

Nearest Tube: Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines)

Buses: Buses travelling from north to south stop in Gower Street, immediately outside UCL’s main gate, while those travelling from south to north stop outside Warren Street station, about five minutes’ walk from UCL. Services to these stops include route numbers: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but you MUST REGISTER to attend the event to facilitate with the organisation. The venue has a capacity limit and we won't be able to accomodate more people than it is allowed.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can email us at

Do you have questions about BIG MEET 7: Engaging Communities in Place Making? Contact Place Alliance

When & Where

University College London
Main Quad Pavilion
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 from 10:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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Place Alliance

Place Alliance is a movement campaigning for place quality. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration and better communication we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes an everyday national and local priority. Place Alliance is open to all and brings together organisations and individuals who share the belief that the quality of our built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives.

Place Alliance is hosted by UCL

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