PlaceLabs – A Placemaking Pecha Kucha

Produce UK

Cross-pollinating perspectives on placemaking and public spaces — a place lab to inspire the future. Join us for the first edition! 

Place Labs is a quarterly forum that brings together those who work in the diverse fields that encompass places — from planning to events, architecture to entertainment, construction to production, and art to asset management.

An informal space to share experiments, ideas and challenges, where you can…

– share your unique story about a place

– inspire us with your approach

– predict the future of placemaking

– pose the group a challenge to resolve

– propose a solution or new way of thinking

Got a story, an idea, a challenge? At this first forum, we’ll hear from four inspiring speakers and open the floor up to find the questions and themes you’d like to hear or talk about at future events.

Each event invites speakers to explore social, cultural, physical and economic angles on placemaking through PechaKucha presentations —

20 images x 20 seconds. And then open up to a social discussion afterwards.


Placemaking is a broad term and a ‘hot’ one. With such diverse practitioners touching upon it in their work, there’s an opportunity to think collaboratively and test new models of thinking and working with place. We want to highlight and connect brilliant minds to encourage a placemaking driven approach to public spaces, cross-pollinate and enhance the work of practitioners, consider new approaches to valuing placemaking, and help create a culture of inventive thinking aligned with social responsibility.


Bringing together creative thinkers with different angles on place, our first edition hears from Place Labs founders and collaborators:

Catherine Borowski, Produce UK – Founder of Produce UK and practising artist and placemaking specialist, with a strong commercial and artistic intuition. Produce UK is a creative production company focusing on artistic event making, public realm experiential placemaking and cultural programming, best known for their work at King’s Cross.

Andrew Cribb, 3Space — Co-founder of 3Space, an innovative, award-winning charity set up to unlock the value of empty commercial property. 3Space creates temporary experimentation workspaces for local entrepreneurs and community groups by making more efficient use of existing commercial property.

Payal Wadhwa, Fjord – Leading service strategy, design and cultural change at Fjord, the design and innovation consultancy. Payal focuses on building service experiences and defining strategies for cultural change, using design as a lens to facilitate innovation and create better products, environments, services and systems.

Rosanna Vitiello – Creative director and cultural strategist, Rosanna specialises in the connection between narrative, experience and place, founding the research platform Local Legends. She seeks to find a place’s unique story wherever she works in the world, from Waller Creek Park in Austin, Texas, to Museum of London’s new home in Smithfield.

Email to RSVP or for more information on the event. We look forward seeing you on February 6th.

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