Thursday 9 June 2022

Festival of Place at Box Park on July 6th will address key questions on development and equality


Wembley Matters likes to keep you informed about what is going on locally and this event at Box Park on Olympic Way may intrigue you. However with  BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) tickets at £474 including VAT you may not be rushing for the special offer. It would be interesting to know if Brent Cabinet housing and regeneration leads will be attending as some of the questions in 'Key Themes' are well worth addressing in terms of development in the borough.

 From the event website LINK. (original punctuation etc)


The third annual Festival of Place is back on 6 July at Boxpark Wembley in Wembley Park, London, a stone’s throw from the legendary stadium in Europe’s largest build-to-rent development.


Bringing together our community to discern and imagine a positive social, equitable and environmental future for places. Featuring fresh thinking and challenging conversations with a riot of talks and workshops that inspire and connect our creative community of placemakers seeking to renew our cities, designing and developing human networks and habitats.


Special offer! Add one ticket in your basket, and your second ticket is free! After checkout please assign both names to your tickets (you can reassign anytime before the event) 


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. 


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.


Key themes for 2022


how can the design of places support public health and reduce inequalities? 

what are the key ingredients that developers and designers can get right in order to reduce health and social inequalities through their place interventions? we tackle the issue from several angles, inviting economists, researchers and public health professionals to share their insights on meaningful infrastructure and place interventions


myth-busting and greenwash: secrets and lies in ESG investment
what are the emerging issues with the growth in investment targeting social and environmental impact? what does good look like, and what are the challenges and opportunities as capital is nudging place and regeneration?


regeneration without leaving folks behind
how to ensure inclusive and good growth in rapidly changing places, from manchester to birmingham? what would a truly levelled-up country look like? 


feminist urbanism: exploring an equal city
how can the design of places promote gender equality and what research and activism is taking place to create more equal places


putting empathy and care at the heart of places
what if we centred empathy and caring? how would our places be designed and developed if they were focussed on nuturing empathy? 


radical land reform and renewable design
how are the systems around land ownership and land value limiting our ability to tackle the pressing challenges of our time? what can we do about it and what are the alternatives?



David Walton said...

It’s a shame among key themes they don’t choose to list 'housing the only infrastructure mega population zones' as being the actual developer demand in 2022.

Government zoned places of no-social, no-health, no-public open space infrastructure 'Drowning by Numbers Zoned' become brutal new London urban market made realities by 2041. Oh, and families keep paying record taxation too!

David Walton said...

Another theme idea...

Low-traffic neighbourhood designation never enters government thinking for policy application in new car-free housing/ high air pollution Growth Area Masterplan zones.

Maybe there would be less local public push-back/ upholding of the absolute right of cars inside such zones where housing is being built planning required as car-free and where car use is already ultra-low?

Site Low Traffic Neighbourhoods where they are plausible to deliver on rather than in fight zones such as 3-4 car family houses suburban streets?