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People Changing Places - how can we creatively engage communities in the regeneration of their towns and cities?

Tuesday 30 March 2010, 9 am - 5pm

Investing in the Future of our Public Realm. How can we creatively engage communities in the regeneration of their towns and cities?

We are inviting policy makers, built environment professionals, community leaders and local authorities from across the UK to come together and explore that question.

Benefits to You

You will:
• Learn about different ways to creatively engage communities in regeneration through exemplar projects.
• Hear inspirational stories from members of the public who have actively taken a lead in the regeneration of their towns and cities.
• Gain an insight into the economic, social and environmental benefits of investing in the public realm, from both community and policy maker's perspective.
• Have an opportunity to explore the concept of sustainable communities.
• Gain knowledge about the benefits of actively engaging local talents.


David Hills, Architect DSDHA
David co-founded the award winning architecture practice DSDHA and is a CABE Design Review panel member and a RIBA competitions assessor.

Jane Field, Head of Programmes and Services Beam
Jane has a wealth of experience in both education and place-making and has been instrumental in developing the Learning Programmes and Services offered by Beam.

Alison Drake – Chairman of the Castleford Heritage Trust
Alison Drake was one of the driving forces behind Castleford’s regeneration and was heavily involved with the Castleford Waterfront Regeneration project featured on the Channel 4 programme ‘Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan’.

Martyn Coltman - Chairman of the Bridlington Renaissance Partnership and Chairman of Bridlington Town Team

Martyn Coltman has one overriding passion, his hometown of Bridlington. He is a key leader in raising public perception of the town, and in restoring the pride and past glory of Bridlington.

George Ferguson, Former President RIBA and Chairman Acanthus Ferguson Mann Architects

An architect not afraid to speak his mind, George Ferguson is a past president of the RIBA, at which he particularly championed the cause of good urbanism and place making. He has experience in delivering architectural, masterplanning and regeneration projects and is a co-founder of the Academy of Urbanism.

Focus Groups
You will have the opportunity to work in smaller groups to discuss key topics.

  • Creative Engagement
  • Unlocking Local Talents
  • The Impact of Investing in Public Spaces
  • Sustainable Futures

Cost: £125 + VAT. Lunch and refreshments included.

This conference is part funded by the City of York Council and therefore places are subsidised for York based participants (please enquire).

Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of YorkBooking
Please book your place by completing our online BOOKING FORM.

For more information or if you have any queries please contact Cathy by email or phone 01924 215550.