That’s a wrap!

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the conference on 9th December – as speakers, chairs, supporters or engaged audience – more than 100 of you from a rich mix of backgrounds took part. We’ve had great feedback on the talks and sessions, and there are calls for another #MapLondon next year (would need a second commemorative poster, obvs). 

We’ll put up links & cleared-for-sharing presentations shortly, and watch for post-election coverage at and CLG TV. For now, the programme, a few posts and photos are below. All photos are by Pollard Thomas Edwards’s Tim Metcalfe – thanks, Tim!

Thanks again, and hope you’re sharing what you learned with someone new – I’ve already got one West of England mayor keen on #mapping that can show carbon-impact opportunity costs of planning/locating projects. If you’re working on that sort of thing, drop me a line:




  • “Who are maps for?” Whether digital maps are produced for professionals or the public, how are end-users and uses being considered? Who pays and who benefits? What more can be accomplished with the tools we already have?
  • “Mapping the future” Where do we go from here? Trends in design, data, collaboration and the art of the possible. How do we work out the kinks, ‘do no harm’ and accelerate the best in mapping?
  • International perspective from urban designer Martina Juvara (whose talk on knitting together Nicosia was a highlight of Future of London’s 2018 Barriers conference). What can we learn from others?


  • Empowerment: Crowd-sourced session addressing accessibility, safety, social justice and health – what’s included or omitted in maps? How to include more citizen voices?
  • Place: How can maps highlight what’s already in place for planners, investors and developers? How can innovative apps enable quality placemaking and open-source data gathering?
  • Movement: As cities around the world clog with car, freight, commuter and scooter traffic, can streaming data help smooth our transit? Where and how do we draw the line on privacy?

TEST-DRIVES: At the start, break and end, get your hands on apps from Arup, Commonplace, Colouring London, AccessAble and others to ask questions, suggest uses or improvements and find project collaborators. If you have an open-source app you want to share, bring a laptop and we’ll provide a screen for you to use!


  • Theo Blackwell MBE – Chief Digital Officer for London
  • Dr Chlump Chatkupt – Founder, Placemake.IO
  • Kat Hanna – Euston Masterplan Strategist, Lendlease
  • Polly Hudson – Senior Research Fellow, UCL CASA; Colouring London lead
  • Martina Juvara – Director, URBAN Silence
  • Rebecca Lee – Senior Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards & conference initiator
  • Euan Mills – Head of Digital Planning, Connected Places Catapult
  • Miranda Sharp – Innovation Director, Ordnance Survey
  • Alicia Francis & Mekor Newman – Directors, Newman Francis
  • Ruby Maynard-Smith – Citymaking Sessions Project Manager, Open City
  • Anna Nelson – Executive Director & David Livermore, Director, AccessAble UK
  • Rory Olcayto – CEO, Open City
  • Dr Riëtte Oosthuizen – Partner, HTA Design LLP
  • Dr Claudia Peñaranda – Chief City Planner, Transport for London
  • Suzie Croucher – Public Realm Development Manager & Lily Wydra – GIS Manager, Argent LLP
  • Sowmya Parthasarathy – Urban Design Leader, Arup Integrated City Planning
  • Fee Schmidt-Soltau – Head of Product &  Mike Saunders – CEO, Commonplace
  • Rosa Sulley – Consultant, Hatch Regeneris & Contributor, Urbanistas
  • Lisa Taylor – Founder, Coherent Cities & Executive Director, Future of London
  • Lucy Webb – Head of Regeneration, LB Croydon

For any questions, drop us a line at

Thanks to generous conference host Arup & our amazing supporters: