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Thursday 20th September 2018

How can we deliver a successful "Placemaking Strategy"

to provide vibrant communities?

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

Placemaking is a term first described in the late sixties and adopted by landscape architects, urban planners and architects as a means to describe the process of designing the built environment to attract people to areas and create a community to sustain it.  Come and join us for our first RCN breakfast talk of our 2018-19 programme as our expert panel discuss:

  • Establishing a "narrative of place" to anchor new developments in their immediate & wider, social cultural and physical contexts

  • Creating a clear definition of neighbourhood boundaries & thresholds

  • Establishing a massing strategy that supports the spatial hierarchy of new developments

  • Identifying spaces for relaxation & interaction within the public realm

  • Designing dwelling typologies as integral part of the neighbourhood design

  • Taking account of other environmental factors in the design of our neighbourhoods


Simon Harrison
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
In a career spanning architectural practice, urban design and local, regional and national government in both the UK and New Zealand, Simon has sought to use design thinking to unlock strategic planning, and creatively manage the design process for buildings, streets, parks and neighbourhoods.   Today, he leads the masterplanning and design programme at Ebbsfleet Garden City, promoting an understanding of the areas rich cultural landscapes to inspire characterful buildings and places.   
Andrew Matthews
Proctor & Matthews
Andrew is a founding Director of Proctor & Matthews with over 30 years of experience s an Architect and Urban Designer. The Practice has an extensive portfolio of award winning work with a focus on the design of new residential neighbourhoods and mixed-use regeneration projects. Andrew has been a lecturer, visiting critic and external examiner at Schools of Architecture across the UK and abroad, including the University of Sheffield, where he is currently a visiting professor.
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Grant Waters
Anderson Acoustics
Grant works and develops Anderson Acoustics' building acoustic and soundscape sectors. He is responsible for leading the ‘listening’ of spaces using our SonicRoom and driving change that challenges the way we design our cities to focus on the human scale, prioritising the health and wellbeing of both its inhabitants and the environment.
Grant leads the Tranquil City project, which explores how tranquillity is perceived and can benefit urban environments, by embracing soundscape, air quality and connection to nature. The Sonic Room is Anderson Acoustics’ 3D listening environment and has been used on a range of building and soundscape projects, including the Hallville Quarter’s Terry Spinks Place, Regency Place Wimbledon as well as a new music venue proposed inside a railway archway.

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