Writing & speaking


The Park Bench: A powerful symbol in the debate for people-friendly spaces

The humble park bench is often taken for granted: you could easily walk past one without so much as a second glance.

But after decades of anonymity, this common piece of street furniture has found itself at the centre of a roaring debate about urban design. It’s become the symbol of resistance for those advocating people-friendly towns and cities, while at the same time being feared as a trigger for anti-social behaviour.... Read on here.

An article I wrote for City Metric. 


Service Design Fringe Festival 2018

Invited to share thoughts and insights on my work relating to the 2018 SDFF topic of service design and inclusion.

I explored the question: How might we design streets as a service for social connection? Sharing examples of projects enabling residents to reclaim their streets, leading to an increased sense of belonging and social connection.

You can find a short summary of my talk here.

RSA Engage: Design for Social Impact

Pitching #HackCohesion at RSA Engage Design for Social Impact, October 2017. 

How residents can be a powerful force in designing solutions to help communities get along better, when given one weekend + design thinking process + a room full of other residents (strangers) soon to become team mates. 


Better places Symposium 2016 

I was asked to speak at the November 2016 Better Places Symposium on the subject of Space for People: a vision for streets. A process for making 'human streets' a reality based upon this blog for Sustrans. You can download my slides here

3 space blackfriars


I spoke at 3SPACE BLACKFRIARS about how to 'activate' unloved spaces by unlocking the ideas and energy of local community members. 

Active by design


I was asked to speak at the Design Council's Active By Design summit. You can find my slides here.