The Big Meet 7: Engaging Communities in Placemaking

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EVENT ORGANISED BY: Place Alliance

ABOUT THE EVENT
Place Alliance’s The 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. Coordinated by the Urban Rooms Network and hosted by UCL, the event will bring together organisations, groups and individuals from around the UK, who are interested and involved in championing place quality and creative engagement in placemaking.

Place Alliance is a movement 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. The Glass-House was one of the founding organisations of the alliance.

WHAT THE GLASS-HOUSE WILL BE DOING
As part of the morning session, we will share case studies drawn from our work that demonstrate how place-based creative engagement can empower communities and improve the quality of buildings, spaces and neighbourhoods.

WHAT THE ORGANISERS SAY
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. A community’s ability to exercise control over its 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.

EXPLORE
To attend, register for your free place