Civic Neighbourhoods at the CIH Conference 2015

The Chartered Institute of Housing hosts its annual conference at Manchester Central from the 23rd – 25th June. The conference is the largest gathering of housing professionals in the UK, over 1500 Chief Executives, Directors and Heads of Housing attended in 2014 with over 5,000 industry delegates in total.

The three days of interactive conference sessions, from leading sector speakers and a firm fixture in the Housing Minister’s calendar, is an opportunity for the industry to examine its performance, set new targets and debate national housing policy.

New for 2015 is the official fringe, a place to challenge, engage, innovate and be brave, offering an informal setting to have fun and make new contacts.As part of the fringe programme Planit-IE and Civic Engineers are talking about the spaces around our homes and how the outdoors needs to feature more fully in our thinking of neighbourhoods and place.

Vibrant public placed and streetscapes bring people together. From refurbished estates to new developments, shared spaces form the social ‘glue’ of a community. They encourage children to play outside and families and older generations to engage more with one another, which helps create animated, safe and social places. Ed Lister and Stephen O’Malley look at how landscape-led masterplanning, urban infrastructure and design creates social cohesion, long-term sustainable communities and investment value.

Join them at the ideas exchange here.