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news: Tedx london creating inclusive cities

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“place making is the beating heart of inclusive cities”

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Creating inclusive cities | Maria Adebowale-Schwarte | TEDxLondonWomen

“Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Founder of Living Space Project first understood the true nature of urban inequality when passing through a wealthy neighbourhood on her way to a netball match while in secondary school. This experience sparked a preoccupation with disproving the idea that inequality in our cities around the world is an inevitability. Maria takes us back to the principles of the 1940s and the creation of the UK’s “Town and Country Planning Act” to examine how the ownership and value of land has changed from once being for the collective benefit has moved too far to being for individual gain.

From collaborative design to co-investment, she identifies the core principles at the heart of placemaking can shape an inclusive future for our cities. Maria is a city and an urban place strategist, focusing on collaborative design, policy, and funding models that are inclusive and equitable.” TedxLondon Women

event: crowd sourcing the city

How are cities engaging the power of the crowd?

April 24th - Conference & April 25th - Masterclass






Living Space Project is taking part in two groundbreaking events  with New Cities Foundation to be held on April 24 – Conference and  April 25th 2018 - Masterclass at The Urban  Innovation Centre in Clerkenwell, London. The events are organized by NewCities in partnership with Mistra Urban Futures and Future Cities Catapult, in participation with the participation of Living Space Project, Project for Public Spaces, Spacehive, and the Young Foundation.

To request an invitation for this event or masterclass, please complete this form or contact us at

NewCities, Living Space Project and other partners will bring together the policymakers from more than 20 cities alongside 100 of the most insightful actors in community development, planning, design, real estate, technology, social innovation, and finance. Through interactive workshops, panel presentations and high-level discussions, the gathering will define the emerging tools within civic crowdfunding and crowdsourcing and their capacity in grassroots, public, and private use-cases as a formal tool for developing and enhancing civic spaces and community assets.

The interactive discussion will:

Emphasize civic environment as a latent resource for public, private, and local development stakeholders; Highlight concrete civic crowdfunding initiatives from around the world;

Explore crowd urbanism as an emerging tool for ‘sensing the city’ with the potential to fill in the gaps between big-ticket items in profit-driven development;

Connect stakeholders and the non-traditional actors that should be involved in the future development and implementation of crowd urbanism projects;

Determine and define the necessary tools and potential in mainstreaming the use of crowd urbanism for private developers, urban designers, city planners, philanthropy, and the smart-city industry.



event: The Placemaking Factor

Place: philanthropy & grant making

Breakfast Talk & Roundtable

16 October, 2017

8.30 – 9.30 & 10.00 – 13.00

Hosted at The House of St Barnabas, Soho

London, England (UK)

Private Event


Living Space Project and Projects for Public Space are co-hosting two events, offering a rare deep dive into place-led philanthropy and grant making.

The Placemaking Factor events build on Living Space Projects work on place-led strategy and previous Placemaking Funders Forums hosted by PPS, and launches a joint “Philanthropy and Placemaking” programme, with the author of The Placemaking Factor, Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Director, Living Space Project and PPS Senior Fellow.

The Breakfast Talk is open to anyone interested in placemaking and place as a disruptor. Chaired by Maria Adebowale-Schwarte. The invited panellists are Caroline Mason CBE, CEO of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Wendy Lewis Jackson, Managing Director, Detroit, Kresge Foundation.

Breakfast included.

Register your interest in attending by completing the form below.

The Roundtable is a curated forum for senior decision-makers across the philanthropy sector – foundations, charities, grant makers and philanthropists. It is part of the 2017 Placemaking Week and offers the rare opportunity for philanthropists from around the world to gather, share learning, swap ideas and create collaborations.  

The objective is to explore, map and discuss how socially inclusive placemaking and place approaches to philanthropy and grant making can be used to join up social, economic, and environmental giving; and generate place-led thinking on current issues; social inclusion, health, regeneration, equality, climate change, environment, good growth, arts and culture.

We are also offering an optional tour off Soho, London.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Register your interest in attending by completing the form below

Please note: on this occasion the Roundtable is open only to philanthropists and grant-making organisations from the public/private or charity sectors. e


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Please complete the form if your interested in attending the breakfast talk, the roundtable or both.

Places are limited but we will contact you by email if we've been able to offer you a place.

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