Building from the ground up?

Charles Marohn

Cany Ash

Theresa Ferguson

Brian Dawe

Chair: Andrew Taylor

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Breakout Session

Friday 27th May, Halifax: 12:50 – 13:50

Can you build social fabric from scratch in a new development? Should new places be planned from on high or grown from below?


  • Charles Marohn (joining virtually): The founder and president of Strong Towns, Charles Marohn is a professional engineer and a land use planner with decades of experience. He is also the author of ‘Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity’ and ‘Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town’.

  • Cany Ash: Cany Ash is a co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects, one of the UK’s leading housing and regeneration architects.They champion participatory architecture, adaptive reuse and hyper-local economics in all their projects.

  • Theresa Ferguson: Theresa Ferguson is former Chair of the Nansledan Community Association, a group put together by residents act as a voice for residents and businesses, and organise events and activities.

  • Brian Dawe: Brian established SAFE Regeneration in 2000, developing as a participatory community artist working on many projects in the region. SAFE has fostered the growth of a creative, community-led social enterprise cluster and now holds an enviable reputation for successfully facilitating community engagement and participatory public activities across many sectors in North West England.

  • Chair: Andrew Taylor: Andrew Taylor is Group Planning Director at Countryside, ‘creating places where people love to live, with sustainable communities built to last.’

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