This year's events programme will examine the draft new London Plan and Mayor's Transport Strategy in detail with a wide range of seminars, debates, network meetings and practical hands-on workshops to bring both publications to life.

To help you find the event best suited to your needs and interests, we have grouped the programme under seven event series. You may want to attend an entire series, or create your own course of connected events across the programme.

Our training sessions are open to all of our subscribing members. Interested in becoming a member? Please send us an email.

Transport & Streets Getting Homes Built The Design Companion Planning London Tech & The City Working With The Mayor's Transport Strategy Network Meetings & Site Visits
Wed 23/01/19, 9am–1pm

Connecting Places

Delegates will propose ways to ensure strategic opportunities for movement will be delivered alongside new growth and support local connections to new public spaces, schools and community facilities.


  • Old Kent Road – Colin Wilson, LB Southwark
  • Crossrail – Sam Richards, TfL
  • Tottenham Hale – Emily Read, LB Haringey
  • Thamesmead – Frances Alder, TfL

Sponsored by Street Behaviour

Location: 55 Broadway
Thu 24/01/19, 9am–1pm

Cycling Review: How are we doing?

Fully Booked

An overview of London’s recent cycling revolution, what is happening now, and how has our understanding of designing for cycling developed through experience.


  • TfL Project & Programme Updates
  • Mini Holland Updates – Richard Eason, LB Enfield
  • Perceptions of Driving & Cycling – Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster
  • Views from Abroad – Brian Deegan, Urban Movement

Sponsored by WSP

Location: Palestra
Tue 29/01/19, 9am–3pm

Different Homes, Different Places

Delegates will consider how to deliver good growth in their borough over the next 10 years by setting out the range of homes needed in the area and identifying what works best where.


  • Small Sites Targets – Jon Herbert & Jon Goodall
  • Housing Typologies – Jo McCafferty, Levitt Bernstein
  • From a Borough Perspective – Mark Baigent, LB Tower Hamlets
    + Camden Courtyards Site Visit

Sponsored by Barratt London

Location: Palestra
Thu 31/01/19

Public Space Design

Fully Booked

Examining how planners can consider and influence the design of public spaces to deliver high quality places; offering local economic, environmental and social benefits.


  • Jonny McKenna, Metropolitan Workshop
  • Landscape Makes the Liveable City – Fenella Griffin, Untitled Practice
  • Interchange Design: Designing for Desire Lines – Marta Liut, TfL
  • Design in the Historic Context – Marie Burns, Burns + Nice

Sponsored by Metropolitan Workshop

Location: Palestra
Wed 06/02/19, 9am–2pm

Building Affordable Homes

A valuable get-together for those working in housing and regeneration teams in Local Boroughs and Housing Associations; we will be discussing and debating best practice for building and managing homes.

Location: Palestra
Thu 14/02/19

Modelling for all Modes

A fresh look at how we use models to inform schemes and how modelling for pedestrians and cyclists can be part of this process.

Location: Palestra
Wed 27/02/19

Environmental Design

Exploring the environmental issues that planners need to consider including wind, temperature, daylight and water management.

Location: 55 Broadway
Thu 28/02/19

Councillors Network

An opportunity for Councillors to be briefed on new legislation, research, policy and funding situations as well as hear about exemplar projects to illustrate who is doing what where.

Location: Palestra
Wed 13/03/19, 9am–1pm

Cleaning London's Air

Looking at the impact and cost of air pollution and the potential solutions illustrated through projects supported by the Mayor's Air Quality Fund which includes Low Emission Neighbourhoods.

Sponsored by WSP.

Location: Palestra
Wed 20/03/19

Suburban Renaissance

Delegates will develop a community-led plan for managing incremental development in a suburban area to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and reduce car dependency.

Location: Palestra
Tue 26/03/19

Working City

Part of the Planning London

Looking at the types of places needed to keep creative businesses and cultural industries in London and where they should be located.

Location: Palestra
Wed 27/03/19

Designing Town Centres and Interchanges

Looking at how we design and manage our town centres and transport interchanges and ensuring the places we share ideas, buy goods and meet in are a loved and valued resource.

Location: Palestra
Tue 15/01/19, 9.30am–1pm
Past Event

Tech & Planning the City

Considering how technology is supporting planning work; including community engagement, decision making and project delivery.


  • Sensecity – Marco Maria Pedrazzo, Carlo Ratti Architects
  • Smarticipate – Jo Hammond, RBKC
  • Future Tech – Gareth Sumner, TfL
  • Word-of-Mouth in the Digital Age – Savannah de Savary, Built-ID

Wed 09/01/19, 11am–2pm
Past Event

Design Review Network

An opportunity for those involved in managing and providing advice on design review panels to discuss best practice and emerging issues.


  • Capacity Skills Survey & The London Quality Review Charter – Matthew Turner, GLA
  • OPDC Community Review Group – Jan Ackenhausen, OPDC
  • Essex County Council – Chris Kind, Peter Dawson and Martin Ivatt, ECC


Download Event Takeaways:
  • Design Review Network Agenda
  • Wed 12/12/18
    Past Event

    Street Design

    A look at how streets can achieve their full potential to serve buildings and their occupants, to enable movement by foot or by bicycle, and to be places to linger and enjoy.
    Thu 06/12/18
    Past Event

    Engagement and Co-Design Network

    A get together for those involved in projects that interact with the public, whether through engagement exercises or getting people to design and build their own homes.
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  • Engagement & Co-Design Agenda
  • Thu 06/12/18
    Past Event

    Young Practitioners Network

    A network specifically aimed at bringing together ambitious young people making waves in their respective areas of work; for professionals with less than 10 years of experience.
    Wed 28/11/18
    Past Event

    Tech & Transport

    Looking at how technology is changing the way we access and use transport services, and the impact this can have on the physical nature of places.

    Wed 21/11/18
    Past Event

    Buildings Frontage: Creating Good Neighbours

    This session will explore the benefits of creating active street frontages and the design of the building interface with the public realm.
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  • Buildings Frontage Agenda
  • Wed 14/11/18
    Past Event

    A Civic Square

    Delegates will develop ideas to transform a high profile central London space, give it a new character and role in the city, and embrace the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach.
    Tue 13/11/18, 9am–4pm
    Past Event

    Housing Design

    How will we meet our housing targets and make sure it is quality over quantity?  We investigate housing design, sharing expertise on how best to deliver quality homes.  We look at the importance of accessibility, explore Croydon’s new residential SPD and ask; what makes a house a home?


    Tue 06/11/18, 9.30am–3pm
    Past Event

    Construction New Homes For London

    Stark statistics highlight that waste from construction, demolition and excavation represents 59% of the total UK waste, around 33% of UK carbon emissions come from the built environment, with 10% of UK carbon emissions coming from heating buildings alone.  Can we address this by getting to grips with construction options?  We discuss the role we can play in a roundtable discussion chaired by industry expert Tom Woolley.
    Thu 01/11/18, 11am–2pm
    Past Event

    Councillors Planning Network

    How can we deliver good design and what are the benefits?  We will discuss the principles of design with renowned author, Rob Cowan and focus on the Design Principles in the London Plan. How will this work in practice?  Supporting councillors role as leaders in the community, we will investigate design review and see it in action. 

    Please note that this event is specifically for Councillors.

    Wed 31/10/18, 9am–1pm
    Past Event

    Landscape Design

    With a focus on London’s environment; we discuss the importance of delivering green infrastructure in your borough and learn how to assess landscape proposals and drawings in a practical workshop.

    Thu 18/10/18, 9am–1pm
    Past Event

    London's Tall Storeys

    We will be interrogating the environmental and safety aspects of tall buildings in a series of expert presentations and on the ground at a tall building under construction.   

    Tue 16/10/18, 9am–4pm
    Past Event

    Meaningful Meanwhile

    What relevance do temporary uses have for society? Meanwhile – is there more than meets the eye? We will hear from various frontrunners in this burgeoning business, and visit a number of intriguing meanwhile spaces popping up in the Southwark, Waterloo area.
    Wed 10/10/18, 9am–1pm
    Past Event

    Designing Rain Gardens: A Practical Guide

    This workshop-based session will explore the six simple steps to designing a rain garden. An unmissable day for planning and transport practitioners interested in learning how we can introduce sustainable urban drainage in the capital and the benefits they offer.
    Tue 09/10/18, 10am–3pm
    Past Event

    Design and the Historic Environment

    We are off to Brixton for a practical heritage workshop with expert David McDonald, and visiting the recently renovated Lambeth Town Hall and nearby The Department Store. Spaces are limited due to site visit restrictions so book early to avoid disappointment.

    Thu 04/10/18, 10am–1pm
    Past Event

    Viability Masterclass

    Andrew Jones and Ellie Clayton-Smith from BPS Surveyors will give us a crash course on the complex art of planning viability; unpacking the legislation and outlining how to ask the right questions when assessing viability appraisals.
    Tue 02/10/18, 9am–1pm
    Past Event

    Air Quality: Day 2

    We will be rolling up our sleeves for a practical workshop session; offering helpful guidance for schemes entered for the Mayor’s Clean Air Fund 2018.

    Thu 13/09/18, 9am–4pm
    Past Event

    Building Tall Neighbourhoods

    Join us for an investigation into the environmental and social impact of tower clusters in the planning pipeline; will they provide the housing we need and create prosperous neighbourhoods for everyone in the community?

    Wed 12/09/18, 9am–1pm
    Past Event

    Going for Growth

    We will be working together to create a redevelopment plan for a former industrial site; looking at how a site can provide new public space and housing for its local community.

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