Restitch The Social Fabric Summit

Following the huge success of Restitch: The Social Fabric Summit 2022 in London and Halifax, Create Streets and Onward Restitch went to Coventry. This year were delighted to be joined by a new co-host, Labour Together.

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Thursday 7th-8th March 2024

Clutter and chaos: how to sort out central London’s streets

Why are our streets ruined by scars, clutter & chaos? Does it matter ? What can we do about it?

Create Streets are running a joint event with Centre for London in discussing ‘Clutter and chaos: how to sort out central London’s streets’. This event will also discuss our forthcoming report, Street Scar: why the utilities firms are ruining our streets and how to stop it.

Thursday 1st February 2024 | Register your interest here.


Green places. Green lives: how do we green up our streets and create new places more sustainably?

A panel session at the Labour Party Conference discussing:

  • How can more urban greenery and tree planting play a greater role in regenerating our towns and cities? What are the public health benefits?
  • Why are there fewer trees in less prosperous places? Can we plant street trees to achieve biodiversity net gain?
  • What can councils do now? What policy options are available to a future Labour government?
  • What other options are available to create new homes and places more sustainably?

Tuesday 10th October | register here

Beauty strikes back: can traditionally-designed places help people, prosperity and planet?

A panel session at the Conservative Party Conference discussing:

  • What are the relationships between traditional architecture and urbanism with mitigating climate change and social and cultural challenges?
  • How can we build enough homes? Where?
  • Why do so many oppose new homes? Why is confidence so low in the quality of new places?
  • Can beauty and traditional places improve prosperity and housebuilding?

Tuesday 3rd October | register here

Design coding for beginners

A masterclass on design codes from Cllr Sue Vincent and Create Streets experts Nicholas Boys Smith, David Milner and Robert Kwolek.

Friday 23rd June | reserve a place here

Sherborne Urban Design summer School

We’re delighted to announce the launch our first summer school. It will be held in the beautiful setting of Sherborne School, in the heart of the market town of Sherborne in Dorset, for three days, from 10th to 12th July 2023.

Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th July | reserve a place here

Sad Streets: neuroscience and the architecture of inflammation

In our next online event we speak to author and neuroscientist Colin Ellard (University of Waterloo), and neuroarchitectural researcher Cleo Valentine (Cambridge University) on new developments in the field of 'neuroarchitecture', a relatively young discipline making big steps towards understanding how our minds interact with the built environment.

This webinar will focus on the relationship between the places that surround us and their impact on our mental and physical wellbeing, with fascinating new research uncovering important lessons for the future of architecture and urban design. Cleo and Colin will be joined by Samuel Hughes, and Create Streets director Nicholas Boys Smith.

Monday 15 May | reserve a place here

Design Coding for the English Street

Create Streets’ Deputy Director, David Milner, and Senior Architectural Designer, Robert Kwolek, will be teaching a course at Oxford University April 20-21, 2023. The course, Design Coding for the English Street, explains the concept of design codes and gives practical advice about how to create successful codes. Run over two days, sessions will include the theory and purpose of design codes, discussions on the historic characteristics of English built environments from built form and building types to street design and layouts and strategies for successful community engagement to create provably popular codes. The second day consists of a walking tour and a practical design coding workshop.

The course will be delivered in a hybrid format. The first day is being offered for both in-person and online participants. The second day is offered for in-person participants only.

Thursday 20 April - Friday 21 April | reserve a place here


Beauty Strikes Back: The new fight for great places

The urbanism movement is evolving. Building on the successes of new traditional urbanists and architects since the 1980s, this movement is organising itself with a renewed agenda and a vigorous push by architects, urban designers, writers and advocates to restore beauty to our cities for the good of planet, people and prosperity.


Wednesday 22nd November | reserve a place here

'Dare to Draw' Course

A one day drawing course is aimed primarily at town planners, urban designers or students in these fields who have little or no hand drawing experience.

Create Streets’ offices in central London at 81 Lambeth Walk SE11 6DX

Saturday 12th November 2022 - Full

Diverse Modernities Conference

British Architecture Beyond Modernism, 1918-present

Downing College, Cambridge, 8th  September 2022

More details here

Restitch: The Social Fabric Summit

Places, people and little platoons in the post-pandemic world

in London on 24th May and in Halifax on 27th May 2022

More details here

Engaging wide, engaging Deep: A breakfast roundtable

What does the new NPPF mean for design codes, digital planning and community engagement in planning and development?

February 24th, 2022 @ 8:30 am

Sponsored by Instinctif.


Webinar: Culture in crisis - Destruction, preservation or evolution?

Retaining the spirit of place in post-conflict communities: lessons from Iraq and Libya

What does the future hold for Middle East’s and North Africa’s historic towns and cities? Conflict over the last 20 years, and particularly following the 2011 uprisings, has done huge harm to some towns. At the same time, others that are being ‘modernised’ are at risk of making similar errors to those made in Europe and North America in the twentieth century. Is another, better future possible?  Includes a private video tour of beautiful hilltop town of Amedi in Iraq

June 1st, 2021 @ 5pm to 6pm

Jointly with the Victoria & Albert Museum and the World Monuments Fund

View the recording here

Webinar: Breathe Free - how can we clean the air in Britain’s towns and cities?

Increasingly people are realising that just because you cannot see pollution, it does not mean it is not there. The genie is out of the bottle. Air in British towns and cities is too polluted and this is killing people. How can we fix this whilst supporting economic prosperity? And how will the politics of clean air evolve in the years to come?

March 25th, 2021 @ 6pm to 7pm

Sponsored by Transition Network, University of Birmingham and the Institute for Global Innovation.

Register here

Webinar: Digital Planning - Big news or hot air?

With a reformed planning system on the horizon, there is an opportunity to introduce innovation that can have lasting impact. This session will ask what are the opportunities and risks of a more digital approach to planning. How can local authorities and developers respond to the opportunity?

March 22nd, 2021 @ 6pm to 7pm

Sponsored by Instinctif Partners

Register here

Webinar: Design Codes Do's and Don'ts

The National Model Design Code and the Planning for the Future White Paper have set a clear ambition for design codes to play a greater role in ensuring quality, certainty and community consent for development. What will this mean in practice? What are some of the opportunities, advantages and risks?

February 24th, 2021 @ 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Sponsored by Countryside

Replay the video of the event here


Creating Communities Conference 2020

Places beyond a pandemic

September 21st to 23rd, 2020

co-organised with Onward



Webinar: Planning during a pandemic

A short term 'blip' or a long term change?

May 11th, 2020 @ 8:30 am

A joint BBBC / Create Streets event

Zoom videoconference



Breakfast round table

February 4th, 2020 @ 8:00 am

A joint RTPI / Create Streets event

AECOM, 16th floor, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA




The National Design Guide: A vision for Building Beautifully Designed Homes

With Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

A joint Policy Exchange / Create Streets event

October 23rd, 2019 @ 8:30 am

Kindly hosted by Policy Exchange.



Clean air for all – tackling air pollution and creating cleaner environments

A Times + event

Times subscribers can book tickets here

July 22nd, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9GF


Creating Communities Conference

co-organised with Onward

February 21st, 2019 @ 8:15am

U+I, 7A Howick Place, London Victoria
Kindly sponsored by U+I, Lightwood, CCN, Hydrock, Rilke Homes and JTP.