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.



Design Code breakfast

September 26th, 2018 @ 9:00am

Instinctif Partners, 65 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ. 

Kindly hosted by Instinctif.


Planning 3.0 roundtable:

More good homes - Making planning more proportionate, predictable and equitable

July 16th, 2018 @ 10:30am

The Legatum Institute, 11 Charles St, Mayfair, London W1J 5DW

Kindly hosted by the Legatum Institute.


Morphological Resilience Evaluation and Economics round table

June 6th, 2018 @ 12:00am

The RSA, 8 John Adam St, London WC2N 6EZ. 


Planning 3.0 roundtable:

From nationalised development rights to regulated development rights - what should the planning system look like in 2030?

May 16th, 2018 @ 11:00am

The RSA, 8 John Adam St, London WC2N 6EZ. 


Lunch with Deputy Mayor for Housing, London:

If we're going to build more council homes, what should we build?

February 22nd, 2018 @ 12:15pm

U+I, 7A Howick Place, London SW1P 1DZ. 

Kindly hosted by U+I. 



Create Boulevards: Discussion & Exhibition of Mini-Charrette Proposals

 June 30th, 2017 @ 6:00pm

 The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. More details here.

 Exhibition from 17:30. Discussion from 18:00

Kindly hosted by Alan Baxter Associates. More details here.



What should planning be like in 2040: planning for everybody or planning with everybody?

 February 22nd, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm

 TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AS

 Create Streets & TCPA Event with Speakers, including Ben Page (CEO, Ipsos MORI), Dr Hugh Ellis (Head of Policy, TCPA), Nicholas Boys Smith (Director, Create Streets) and Liane Hartley (Director, Mend & founder of Urbanistas)

Kindly hosted by the TCPA


Paddington Pole Competition: Exhibition & Awards Ceremony

 July 18th, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

 St Mary's Church Paddington,  1LG, St Mary's Square, London W2

Judges from the local community presented prizes on 18th July to celebrate the winning and commended designs; with a mini-exhibition and awards presented by Sir Simon Jenkins.


Heart in the Right Street: Launch of our report

 June 9th, 2016 @ 10:00 am

 Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street, London, W1J 5DW + Google Map

Our new report into associations between built form and wellbeing has already featured in The Economist and The FT.

9th June 2016. Very kindly hosted by the Legatum Institute as part of the wider discussion: Homes Not Houses: Putting Wellbeing First. You can buy a copy of the book here.


Round table on Create Streets Economics of Place project

 March 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am

 RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Nicholas Boys Smith, Director of Create Streets, and Alessandro Venerandi, research project lead, will be setting out their research.

Kindly hosted by the RSA and member of Create Streets network and fellow of the RSA Jonathan Schifferes.


Manifesto breakfast launch event: a direct planning revolution for London?

 March 8, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 Instinctif Partners, 65 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ

 Nicholas Boys Smith sets out the analysis underlying the manifesto and its key components, with responses from experienced designers, developers and planners as part of a wider discussion.
Kindly hosted by Instinctif Partner.


Mount Pleasant: old problem or new solution?

 September 17, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

 Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6EL + Google Map

With  Edward Denison (Mount Pleasant Association, Alexandra Steed (Mount Pleasant Association and Urban Design), Francis Terry (Architect), John Spence (Architect - calfordseaden), Richard Maxwell (Surveyor - Carter Jonas), Professor Peter Rees (Former head of planning at the City of London), Nick Perry (Reclaim London and the Hackney Society), Cllr Sue Vincent (Camden Council), Michael Ball…


Mayoral discussion: London needs to build the right housing not just more housing

 June 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street  London, W1J 5DW + Google Map

With mayoral candidates Rt Hon David Lammy and Ivan Massow, Professor Yolande Barnes (Global Head of Research, Savills), Toby Lloyd (Head of Policy, Shelter). Moderated by Evan Davis. Kindly hosted by The Legatum Foundation


Mapping wellbeing: Is beauty subjective?

 June 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street, London, W1J 5DW + Google Map

A seminar with Dr Yodan Rofe. Attendees included leading urban designer, Paul Murrain, Dr Jonathan Roken (UCL) and Anna Rose (Space Syntax) as well as many others. Kindly hosted by The Legatum Institute


Can streets solve the London housing crisis?

 February 10, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

 Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell , London, EC1M 6EL + Google Map

 With Yolande Barnes (Savills), Ben Derbyshire (HTA Design) Max Farrell (Farrells), Paul Murrain (Create Streets)
Kindly hosted by Alan Baxter Associates and sponsored by calfordseaden