Making People Friendly Towns and Cities for a New Era


25 years on from the publication of Francis Tibbalds’ inspirational book “Making People-Friendly Towns” join us to celebrate his life and influence on urban design.

  • How have his people-friendly principles shaped our towns and cities?
  • How can they continue to inspire us to create better places in the digital age?

Francis Tibbalds belived strongly in engaging everyone in how we create places

Would you like to join is in marking this anniversary: by contributing to an event we are planning for April, or simply coming along to it?

Expressions of interest are welcome from education, practice and anyone with an interest in Francis Tibbalds’ legacy or people friendly places.

To register your interest, please follow this link, or email

Francis Tibbalds (1942-1992 was an exceptional architect-planner who championed the cause of urban design, influencing national planning policy and working to “close the gaps” between architecture and planning.  He was a founder member of the Urban Design Group and President of the RTPI.   The Francis Tibbalds Trust continues to support the Urban Design Awards with the Francis Tibbalds Prizes of £1000 for best practice, and £600 for best student entry.

Currently coordinated by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and Kevin Murray Associates, with representatives from the Francis Tibbalds Trust, RTPI, Urban Design Group, Academy of Urbanism, Place Alliance and Council of European Town Planners