Place-Led Development

Place-Led Development sits at the nexus of placemaking, community development, and area development.


The Place-Led Development Working Group envisions a future where urban developments place the quality of communities at the forefront. 


A future where urban development benefits society and raises the quality of lives through a genuine and systemic integration of the people and soul of the place.


 A future of empowered communities, functional uses of the public space, and human interaction with the city at the eye level. 


This future brings together area and property development with placemaking and community development.


We have intentionally come together to promote the creation of places that put people and community first – place led. 

We exist to create more robust, sustainable, equitable, and lively public spheres for urban developments, and overall better quality of lives.

How will we achieve this?

Promote and raise awareness of placemaking, with a specific focus on community inclusion, human scale, and sustainability, as integral parts of development.

Identify and create links with early adopters in different sectors and start approaching the right networks to promote inclusive placemaking as the “new normal”.

Create systemic change in the real estate and area development sectors by encouraging them to work collaboratively with communities and other placemakers.


Grow the placemaking network and incorporate system partners that keenly participate in Placemaking Europe for long term collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Work on projects for urban development using a place-led approach with multidisciplinary teams.

Download the Place-Led Development Brochure here!


There are some tools from our Toolbox related to the Place-Led Develpment Group. Browse through the entries and learn more!


Members of the working group

Want to join us?

The Place Led Development working group meets every last Thursday of the month at 17:00-18:00 CET, alternating internal meetings and open case studies. We are happy to welcome interested or new team members.




24th — 27th

September, 2024

Creating better
cities together

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