RSA Northern Forum – Placemaking in Towns & Cities
18 April 2023 - Imran Ali

The Royal Society of Arts is all about uniting people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time. As part of that, we’re excited to be partnering with the RSA to host and curate a to run a Northern Forum conference on 18th May. We’re very excited to be hosting the Forum at the iconic fifteen-acre Muṣṭafā Mount, the Greenville Trust‘s blueprint for sacred space in the West.

Starting at 11am and going through until 3pm, there will be a chance to hear a series of short talks, all on the topic of placemaking. We’re bringing together leading local figures from the worlds of business, academia, politics and charity for a half-day of lightning talks articulating their perspective on placemaking in an urban and suburban context, using example from across the UK’s towns and cities.

Our lineup includes…


11:00 Kamran Rashid
Patrick Hurley
Impact Hub Bradford
Royal Society Of Arts
11:15 Margeret Dale
High Streets Task Force
Where do semi-rural towns fit in the Future of the High Street
11:20 Warwick Pethers
Greensville Trust
Spirit of Place
11:35 Saira Ali
Bradford Council
Bradford: Our aspirations, what are we doing and why
11:50 Linda Bloomfield
RivelinCo Neighbourhood Arts Centre
The real reason for empty high street buildings
12:05 Burhan Khandia
Greensville Trust
The Role of Faith in Placemaking
12:20 LUNCH
13:20 Joe Barratt
Institute of Place Management
13:35 Phillpa Bannister
Street Space
Unlocking a gridlocked city… with empathy

Come along to be inspired, meet people working on socially impactful projects, and spark some ideas to shape the future. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so be sure to book your place quickly.

Find out more and book your place on 18th May, from 11am – 3pm

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