This is an open campaign to put people back into the heart of planning, deign and engineering. Francis Tibbalds believed that people should be the focus for the design of our towns and cities.

This year-long campaign will honour his ideas and bring together self-organized events and activities under the banner of The Conversation. These will explore what ‘Making People Friendly Towns’ means today and in the future.

We are living in a rapidly changing world with increasingly polarised interests. We believe it is an opportune time to explore what a 21st Century People-Friendly Places should be like, and how can we achieve it?

To make people-friendly towns and other places, Francis Tibbalds believed that we need to cross professional boundaries and work collaboratively together and with the wider community. Recognising his influence, a number of groups and individuals have come together to initiate a series of conversations to celebrate 25 years since the publication of ‘Making People Friendly Towns’ and campaign for people focussed planning, design and engineering decision.

Through a series of conversations ranging around a variety of themes and facilitated by different groups we will bring people together to share experience and attempt to find answers to the above question.

This website brings together the different ways people are engaging with the current challenge of Making People-Friendly Places.

We hope you will lend your support to this idea and help us mark the anniversary of Francis Tibbalds’ book with an event to stimulate fresh thinking and discussion focussed around people and their experience of places.


A big thank you to Janet Tibbalds for providing support for this initiative.