Place: who belongs here?


When we think about the places in which we live, work and play, we often explore our feelings of connectedness and our sense of (or lack of) community. What aspects of design and how we deliver them determine whether or not we feel like we belong somewhere? How do we understand and define belonging across the diverse variables of our society like age, faith, race, nationality and tenure of housing? Can we foster a sense of belonging by participating in our places?


  • Amina Gichinga, Take Back The City Activist & Music Educator
  • Des Bourne, Strategic Development Director, Skanska
  • Radhika Bynon, Programme Lead and Director of The U, The Young Foundation

This debate is supported by our local partners, The RSA and Stratford Original BID. The debate will be chaired by Glass-House Chief Executive, Sophia de Sousa.

This year’s Series, A Place for Everyone? has emerged from discussions we have observed and participated in around the common elements in place that bring us together, the points of tension within them, and the role of the individual and the community.

In partnership with the Open University and the Academy of Urbanism, we want to explore how we design and shape our environment today to create a place for everyone and what that means for concepts like shared assets and common good, alongside individual aspirations, ownership, diversity and, rights and responsibilities.

Edinburgh / 21 October 2015 / Place: designed for sharing?

Manchester / 11 November 2015 / Place: the sum of parts?

Nottingham / 3 February 2016 / Place: a shared responsibility?

London / 9 March / Place: who belongs here?


Place: who belongs here? A round-up of our 2016 London Debate

Explore the theme through specially-commissioned think pieces:
#1 Place attachment and collective identity – Noha Nasser
#2 Place: from a shared stake to a shared responsibility – Joanna Massie
#3 Designing material infrastructures to facilitate common belonging – Lawrence Dodd and Toby Austin Locke

Podcast of the discussion