The Bartlett School of Planning


BSP Public Lecture: The Place Making Factor

27 January 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Public Lecture Series

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte discusses 'The Place Making Factor: Disrupting Siloed Thinking to Make Better Places'.

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Victoria Howard

Maria's lecture will focus on the key themes from her book 'The Place Making Factor', which looks at how we define the environment, place and placemaking. In an increasingly urbanised world, charitable foundations, grant makers and philanthropists have a leadership role to invest in collaborative place-led programmes. Maria will explore the positive disruption and its role in creating equitable places and social value regeneration through to creativity, health and wellbeing.

About the Speaker

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte is CEO of Foundation for Future London. She is a placemaking and grants strategist with over 25 years cross-sector experience in heritage, human rights, improving urban places and green spaces. Maria’s book The Place Making Factor explores the role of philanthropy in unlocking siloed approaches to funding.  Maria also sits on several governance boards of organisations and advisory groups that hold a strong place-led, sustainable development, culture, and heritage focus including National Lottery Heritage Fund, Environment Agency, Mayor of London’s Sustainable Development Commission, leading on social value regeneration, and City of London’s Culture and Commerce Taskforce.