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It's free: Festival of Place: The Pineapples runs all next week

An amazing run of bitesize talks kicks off Monday with Festival of Place: The Pineapples in association with the Design Council


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The Pineapples
The Pineapples


Festival of Place is back with The Pineapples in association with the Design Council from 12-16 July. With just one link, you can dip in and out of five days of talks on making places that thrive daily from 10am to 5pm.



Get ready for a week filled with 10-minute bitesize presentations from leading developers placemakers, thought-provoking 25-minute lunchtime talks, and an exciting awards ceremony to complete the week. All events are available to view online for free at just one link. Register now, so you don’t miss out.


The event brings together leading developers, designers and placemakers from the likes of MediaCity, Squire & Partners, LDA Design, TOWN, BDP and Hadley Property Group and more who will all be presenting their projects in front of our online audience and our judges.


We had a record number of entries this year, and were thrilled to announce our full shortlist here.


All shortlisted entries will be presenting their projects in front of our online audience and the judges at the digital Festival of Place: The Pineapples 12-16 July, 2021, showcasing 40+ exemplar projects across 9 categories. Join us live for free at The Festival, and watch the best in Activation, Community Engagement, Creative Reuse, Future Place, International Future Place, Place in Progress, Place of the Year, Public Space and Sustainable Transport compete to win the golden pineapple.


Celebrate, explore and learn from the best in place

Festival of Place: The Pineapples

in partnership with Design Council

12-16 July

Register now


The lunchtime talks series runs Monday-Friday daily at one o’clock. Speakers include renowned writer and journalist Owen Hatherley, who will be delving into the spectacular rise, fall and return of Brutalism. Hatherley is well known for his writings on architecture, culture and politics. He is author of a collection of books: Militant Modernism (2009), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (2010), Uncommon: An Essay on Pulp (2011), A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys through Urban Britain (2012), Across the Plaza (2012) and Landscapes of Communism (2015). His latest book Clean Living under Difficult Circumstances argues for the city as a socialist project.


We’ll also hear from Dr Daniela Melandri, a senior expert within the Research and Innovation Urban and Construction landscape. She will be discussing the DivAirCity project, a 4-year innovation project, funded by the European Commission under the H2020 program, within the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals, valuing diversity and social inclusion to achieve innovative, creative, culture- driven, green and carbon neutral urban society. DivAirCity addresses the equation of social inequality, health conditions and air pollution in cities.


Leading urbanist Peter Barber, will also be joining us at the Festival, to explore housing without poor doors. Barber is also a lecturer and reader in architecture at the University of Westminster. He has been invited by the Government to lead a discussion on "Designing for Better Public Spaces" with a team of top built environment professionals.


We’ll hear from Bernard Hay, Programme Lead for Design at Design Council, whose current projects include Design Economy 21, a national programme of research into the value of design. Prior to this he was Senior Learning Producer and Research Lead at the Design Museum, where he oversaw the museum’s adult learning, higher education and access programmes. Since 2019 he is an Associate Lecturer in design theory and social innovation at University of the Arts London, and a visiting lecturer in design curating at various universities.


Mahak Agrawal, urban planner and public policy expert, will be tackling effective net zero policy. In various capacities, Mahak has worked with the Center on Global Energy Policy, New York; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Town and Country Planning Organization, Government of India; Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo, to name a few. In 2019, she founded Spatial Perspectives as an initiative communicating 360-degree perspectives on pressing urban-regional challenges. In her spare time, Mahak experiments with sustainable artworks showcasing the cultural heritage of India and tales of environmental challenges


The event will bring together an incredible network of leading developers, architects and placemakers celebrating excellence in place. Register now, to join us for free and see who will win the golden pineapple.


The sessions will all be delivered live, recorded and made available to view on-demand.


Register now and use the same link to join all sessions



Schedule for The Pineapples 12-16 July, 2021
Schedule for The Pineapples 12-16 July, 2021



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