The Future Place programme - run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Local Government Association (LGA), Homes England and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)- is a joint, two-phase initiative which will unlock placemaking potential at local level through quality in design, future thinking, and knowledge sharing. The programme has been designed to promote best practice and the potential of innovative delivery, design and funding models, cross-sector collaborational capacity building, and knowledge sharing at a local level.

All five Future Places selected for the programme are determined to deliver meaningful change which will enhance people’s lives, improve community wellbeing, and create sustainable environments. While each place is very different, they all work in collaboration with public, private or voluntary sector partners to develop and advance innovative placemaking strategies. They will now take part in a programme to develop visions for their areas, with training and expert advice from each of the Future Places' project partners.

As a result, the RIBA are holding an open call for RIBA members and Chartered Practices to work together with the local authorities on these visions.

The five sites

Competitors can submit an entry for more than one of the following projects. A separate application will be required for each area. Competitors will not be awarded more than one project.

  • Bradford: diverse community-led placemaking
  • Gateshead: health and wellbeing-led placemaking
  • Great Yarmouth: heritage and innovation-led placemaking
  • Greater Exeter: sustainable growth and high-density placemaking
  • North Northamptonshire: landscape/green infrastructure-led placemaking