Community Planning: Contacts A - Z
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An annotated selection of contacts for further information and support on community planning.

See also Websites A-Z and Case Studies sections where additional contacts are provided.

If you know a contact that should be listed here, or want to suggest changes to the annotations, please contact the site editor Nick Wates for further details.

Emphasis on organisations able to:
  1. Supply contacts, publications or films

  2. Supply local, national or international contacts

  3. Provide practical support at a regional or national level

Contacts A-Z

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Last updated on: 16 November 2009

Academy for Sustainable Communities
See entry for Homes and Communities Agency Academy

Academy of Urbanism (AoU)
70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ, UK
t +44 (0)20 7251 8777 f +44 (0)20 7251 8777
High level, cross-sector group of individuals from a wide range of disciplines, brought together to champion the cause of good quality urbanism throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

Action for Market Towns (AMT)
5 Baxter Court, Higher Baxter Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1ES, UK
t +44 (0)1284 756567 f 761816

National membership group that provides small towns, local authorities and others with information and advice, examples of best practice and national representation. Provides support on neighbourhood planning with publications, training and facilitation. 

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
First Floor, Northway House West, The Forum, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2QY, UK
t +44 (0)1285 653477 f +44 (0)1285 653477
National English umbrella of the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN), which operates at national, regional and local level in support of rural communities across the country. Promotes community led planning including parish plans.

Advising Communities
Provides advice on the community sector. Arose out of the closure of Community Matters.

Allotments Regeneration Initiative (ARI)
Partnership project providing practical support to anyone involved in regenerating or creating allotments. All services free to not-for-profit organisations in the UK. Regeneration in action section of website has useful case studies. 

America Speaks
1050 17th Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20036, USA
t 202-775-3939 f 202-775-0404
Engages citizens in the public decisions that impact their lives. Developing national infrastructure for democratic deliberation that institutionalises the links between decision-makers and citizens in determining public policy. Organisers of \'21st Century Town Meeting\' programme

American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20006, USA
t +1 (202) 626 7300 f 626 7547
e or
The Institutes Centre for Communities by Design promotes design assistance team (DAT) programmes. Has films, tapes, brochures and reports from US events. Supplies addresses of experienced team members and local and state support programmes.

American Planning Association
122 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois, 60603, USA
t :+1-312-431-9100 f +1-312-431-9985
Professional association organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning. Good range of publications related to community planning.

The Architecture Foundation
Ground Floor East , 136–148 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2TU, UK
t +44 (0)20 7084 6767 e
Promotes a range of participatory approaches for contemporary architecture and urban design. Expertise in roadshows, competitions, electronic maps and participatory education programmes. Exhibitions and talks in shopfront gallery.

Article 25
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB, UK
t +44 (0)20 3197 9800 e
UK registered charity that designs and delivers architectural solutions for those in greatest need worldwide. Strong emphasis on community participation and participatory design.

Association DIALOG
6 Rue de Touraine, 67 100 Strasbourg, France
Contacts Eléonore Hauptmann, Urban planner, Chairman
Non profit organisation developing new practices in citizen involvement to improve the relationships between human beings and the environment.

Association for Community Design
c/o Connie Chung, President, P.O. Box 712308, Los Angeles, California, 90071-7308, USA
International network of individuals, organisations and institutions committed to increasing the capacity of design and planning professionals to better serve communities. Based on US community design centres.

Azerbaijan Civil Engineering University
5A Sultanova St, Baku 370073, Azerbaijan
t +99412 39 10 19 f 39 07 48
Contacts Tair Teyubov, Emil Gousseinov.
Useful regional contact point

Baga Toiruu City Government
Governor's Municipality, Baga Toiruu, Mongolia
t +976 1 324 072 f 324 072
Contacts Chogsom Erdene-Ochir.
Useful regional contact point.

Ball State University
Community-Based Projects, Architecture Building, Room 332, Muncie, Indiana, 47306, USA
t +1 765 285 1350 f 285 2607
Contacts Scott Truex
Urban design studio within a university setting. Experience of running charrettes, using mobile studios and producing newspaper supplements. Good website.

British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA)
Former forum for the exchange of ideas, experience and solutions within regeneration. Membership organisation championing regeneration. Promoted collaborative processes including ReInvigorate.

British Youth Council
CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH, UK
t +44 (0)845 458 1489 f 458 1847
Umbrella organisation which supports its member organisations and network of local youth councils. Aims to empower young people aged 25 and under, wherever they are from, to have a say and be heard. Helps young people participate in decisions that affect their lives, campaign on issues they believe in and gain recognition for their positive contribution to their communities.

Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF)
Memorial Square, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3TU, United Kingdom
t +44 (0)1530 510444 f +44 (0)1530 510332
Independent research organisation that promotes sustainable development and innovation in housing through collaborative research and knowledge transfer. Good website with case studies from all over the world. 

The Building Exploratory
8 Orsman Road, London, N1 5QJ, UK
t +44 (0)20 7729 2011 f +44 (0)20 7729 2367
Architecture centre developing innovatory display techniques.

Building Exploratory
70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ, UK
Architecture centre which pioneered innovatory display techniques. 

Business in the Community
137 Shepherdess Walk , London, N1 7RQ, UK
t +44 (0)20 7566 8650 e

Inspires, engages, supports and challenges companies to continually improve the impact they have on society and the environment through their responsible business programme, sometimes referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Its ProHelp group is a national UK network of over 800 professional firms committed to making a difference in their local community by providing free advice and professional support.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
128 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SW, UK
t +44(0)20 7981 2800 f +44(0)20 7981 2899
Promotes the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country. A provider of support to communities and neighbourhoods in planning.

Capital Growth
Campaign which aims to create 2012 new community food growing spaces across London by the end of 2012. Provides  practical help, grants and training to groups wanting to establish community food growing projects and advice to landowners. 

Carbon Trust
6th Floor, 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF, UK
t +44 (0)800 085 2005 e
Provides specialist support to help business and public sectors boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP)
Oxford Brookes University, Gypsy Lane Campus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 OBP, UK
t +44 (0)1865 482844 f 483298
Contacts Jeni Burnell
Postgraduate Masters programme. Expertise on community planning, in UK and developing countries. Research.

Centre for Disaster Preparedness
CSWCD Bldg., Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, Quezon City, Philippines
t +63-2-9287285 f 926-6996
Training courses on community-based urban and rural planning focusing on disaster prevention. Publications and consultancy.

Centre for Environment and Human Settlements
School of the Built Environment, Institute of Building and Urban Design, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh , EH14 4AS, UK
t +44 (0) 131 451 4616 e

Contacts Harry Smith
Teaching, training, research in planning and housing issues related to developing world. Main focus on best practice in conditions of rapid urbanisation. 

Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
3 St Peters Court, Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4AQ, UK
t 0117 934 1400 f 934 1410
Independent charity that shares knowledge and experience to help people change the way they think and act on energy. Runs PlanLoCal website (see Websites A-Z). Hires out physical model demonstrating low carbon community elements.  

Chinese University of Hong Kong
School of Architecture, Room 106, AIT Building, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China
t +852 394-36583 f 394-20982
Contacts Mee Kam NG
Expertise in design fests.

Chuanshing Publishing Company
10F-3,No.60,SEC. 4, Chung Hsiao E. Road, Taipei, Taiwan
t +886 2 27752207 f 27318734
Contacts Jo Tsai, President : Ming-Cheu Chen
Publications and information. Useful regional contact point.

Civic Practices Network (CPN)
Center for Human Resources, Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, Brandeis University, 60 Turner Street, Waltham, MA 02154, USA
t +1 617 736 4890 f +1 617 736 4891
A collaborative and nonpartisan project dedicated to bringing practical tools for public problem solving into community and institutional settings across America

Civic Voice
60 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AA,
t +44 (0)151 707 4319 e
National charity for the civic movement in England. Makes places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. Promotes civic pride. Created after the demise of the Civic Trust.

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
1 Kemble Street, London, WC2B 4AN, UK
t +44 (0)20 7070 6700 f +44 (0)20 7070 6777
Provides advice and support to local authorities and community groups on the planning, design and management of buildings and spaces. Free publications and web resources available.

Commission Nationale du débat public CNDP
20 Avenue de Ségur, Paris, 75007, France
t e
Organises consultation and dialogue on major projects in France. 

Communio Kommunikations - und Konfliktberatung
Am Wiesental 40a, 45133, Essen, Germany
t +49 (0) 201 841 9914 f 841 9913
e mettler-meibom@uni-essen.d
Contacts Barbara Mettler v. Meibom
Communications consultancy promoting and implementing co-operation and participation techniques to overcome conflict.

Community Composting Network (CCN)
67 Alexandra Road, Sheffield, S2 3EE, UK
t +44 (0)114 258 0483 e
Supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals involved in producing compost from green and food waste for use in their local communities.

Community Development Foundation
Unit 5, Angel Gate, 320-326 City Road, London, EC1V 2PT, UK
t +44 (0)20 7833 1772 f +44 (0)20 7837 6584
Promotes and improves work that strengthens communities. Useful publications and website.

Community Enterprise Awards schemes
BITC, 165 White Ladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2RN, UK
t 0117 923 8750 f 923 8270
Contacts Graham Russell

Community Links
4th floor, Furnival House, 48 Furnival Gate, Sheffield, UK
t +44 (0) 114 2701171 f 2762377
Social action and training network promoting good practice in community work. Useful publications.

Community Matters
12-20 Baron Street, London, N1 9LL, UK
t +44 (0)20 7837 7887 f 7278 9253
Stands for the collective action of ordinary people within their neighbourhood through inclusive, locally-rooted and accountable community organisations. Represents the largest network of grassroots community organisations (1,200) in the UK. Provides comprehensive expert advice and legal services on all aspects of running a community organisation. (See Websites A-Z for online network with same name.)

P.O.Box 5892, Washington, DC 20016, USA
t +1 (202) 328 8160 f 387 3378
Nonprofit US environmental education organisation focusing on building sustainable communities. Aims to build public understanding of, and support for, programmes, policies and practices that are environmentally, economically and socially sound. Manages Sustainable Communities Online.

Confederation of Co-operative Housing CCH
19 Devonshire Road, Liverpool, L8 3TX, UK
t +44 (0)151 726 2228 e
UK organisation for housing co-operatives, tenant-controlled housing organisations and regional federations of housing co-ops.

Congress for the New Urbanism
The Marquette Building, 140 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 404, Chicago, Illinois, IL 60603, USA
t +1 312 551 7300 f 346 3323
Influential movement for humanising the built environment based on the organisation of charrettes, congresses and task forces.

42C Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 3RF, UK
t +44 (0)1473 627100 f +44 (0)1473 622515
Specialists in online consultations. Developed award winning Open Debate method to engage the community and stakeholders in planning. Has run online consultations for major infrastructure projects including renewable energy schemes. 

The Conservation Volunteers
Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB, UK
t +44 (0)1302 388 883 f +44 (0)1302 311 531
Helps people reclaim local green places. Runs training programmes on participatory approaches. 

Consultation Institute
Baystrait House, Station Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8AL, UK
t +44 (0)1767 318 350 f +44 (0)1767 312580
Training and information resource in fields of consultation and public engagement. Promotes high standards of practice.

Department for Communities and Local Government
Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU, UK
t +44 (0)303 444 0000 e
UK government department responsible for housing, local government, regeneration, planning and urban and regional issues.

Department for International Development
22 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EG, UK
t +44 (0)1355 84 3132 f +44 (0)1355 843632
UK government department focusing on helping developing countries eliminate poverty.

Department for Transport
Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DR, UK
t +44 (0)20 7944 8300 w
UK government department responsible for transport. Stated objective is to oversee the delivery of a reliable, safe and secure transport system that responds efficiently to the needs of individuals and business whilst safeguarding the environment.

Design Council
Angel Building, 407 St John Street, London , EC1V 4AB, UK
t +44(0)20 7420 5200 f 7420 5300
Contacts Nicola Mathers, Graham Fernandez
Mission is to bring the transformative power of design to things that matter. Provides support for neighbourhood planning. Merged with CABE in 2011. Enterprising charity.

Deutsche Institut fur Urbanistik
Zimmerstraße 15, Berlin, 10969, Germany
t +49-30-39001-0 e
German Institute of Urban Affairs. Expertise in community planning in Germany. Offices in Berlin and Cologne.

Development Alternatives Group
B-32 Tara Crescent, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi, 110016, India
t +91 (11) 2656 4444 f 2685 1158
Training, consultancy and publications on participatory urban and rural development.

Development Planning Unit
34 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ, UK
t +44 (0)20 7679 1111 f 7679 1112
International centre for research, teaching, training and consultancy focusing on Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Development Trusts Association DTA
33 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR, UK
t +44 (0)845 458 8336 f 458 8337
Former national UK umbrella organisation for community-based development organisations. Now merged into Locality (see separate entry).

Directory of Social Change
24 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2DP, UK
t +44 (0)20 7391 4800 f 7391 4808
Publishes a range of useful fundraising and other directories, aimed at the voluntary sector.

Drought Preparedness Intervention and Recovery Programme (DPIRP)
PO Box 954, Nanyuki, Kenya
t +254 176 31641 f 31640
Contacts Mike Wekesa
Information on how to integrate community-based livelihood monitoring into local and national development and disaster planning.

Taylor & Francis Group Ltd, 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxford, OX14 4RN, UK
t +44 (0) 20 7017-6000 f +44 (0) 20 7017-6699
UK-based publisher of books on sustainable development including a Tools for Community Planning suite.

The Eden Project
Bodelva, Cornwall , PL24 2SG , UK
t +44 (0)1726 811911 w
Educational charity and social enterprise based in a disused clay mine which has been spectacularly transformed into a rich, global garden where people can learn about nature and get inspiration about the world around them. Partner of the Building Community consortium which supports communities and neighbourhoods in planning in England.

Ekopolis Foundation
Komenského 21, 974 01 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
t +421-48-414 52 59 e
Foundation which runs a number of environmental and community based programmes in Slovakia to achieve its vision of an advanced civil society with citizents realising their responsibility for societal development and environmental issues. 

Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community Program
t +1 (202) 512-4325 e
US Presidential initiative to empower local communities.

Energy Saving Trust (EST)
21 Dartmouth Street, London, SW1H 9BP, UK
t +44 (0)300 123 1234 e
Non-profit organisation that provides free and impartial advice on how to stop wasting energy. Useful website for anyone interested in saving money and reducing energy consumption. Comprehensive and clear information on insulation and heating, renewable energy, recommended products and funding from grants. EST is a non-profit organisation, funded both by the Government and the private sector.

Environmental Design Research Association
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Vermont, VA 22102, USA
t +1 703 506 2895 f 506 3266
Contacts Janet Singer
International association promoting advancement and dissemination of environmental design research.

Environmental Law Association (UK)
2-10 Princeton Street, London, WC1R 4BH, UK
t +44 (0)20 7404 1030 e
Registered charity providing legal advice and expertise on environmental issues, including planning. 

Environmental Partnership for Central Europe - Nadaci Partnerstvi
Nadace Partnerstvi , Údolní 33, Brno, 602 00, Czech Republic
t +420 515 903 111 e
Supports NGOs, municipalities and other partners in their environmental care, promotion of sustainable development, inter-sector cooperation and participation of citizens in public affairs. Also known as The Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation.

Environmental Trainers Network
c/o BTCV Enterprises, Red House, Hill Lane,, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 6LZ, UK
t +44 (0)121 358 2155 f 358 2194
Runs training programmes on participatory approaches.

Essex Sustainability Institute
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, UK
t +44 (0)1206 873333 f 873416
Contacts Jules Pretty
Information on deliberative democracy and participatory governance methods.

European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
4, Bd. de Waterloo, Brussels, B-1000, Belgium
t +32 2 289 10 90 f +32 2 289 10 99
Federation of environmental citizens organisations with over 140 members. Campaigns for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. 

European LEADER Gateway
ENRD Contact Point, Rue du Marteau 81, Bruxelles, B-1000, Belgium
t +32 2 235 20 20 f +32 2 280 04 38
Information on rural community-led local development in the European Union.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
PO Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8, USA
t +1 800-621-3362 e
Independent US disaster agency. Mission is to ensure that people work together to build, sustain and improve the ability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. 

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
The GreenHouse, Hereford Street, Bristol, BS3 4NA, UK
t +44 (0)117 923 1800 f 923 1900
Supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms and gardens across the UK.

Filipinos for Community Involvement
22 Solar Street, Bel Air III, Makati City, Philippines
t +63 (2) 8965475 f 8959503
Contacts Leticia Ramos Shahani
Useful regional contact point.

Foros Técnicos Ltda
Carrera 7 # 71-21 Torre B. , Oficina 906, Bogotá, Columbia
t +571 2100480 f +571 2100480
Contacts Ines de Mosquera
Useful regional contact point. Consulting firm involved in creation of NGOs, strategic alliances around projects of national Interest, strategic and scenario planning.

Forum for the Future
Overseas House, 19-23 Ironmonger Row, London, EC1V 3QN, UK
t +44 (0)20 7324 3630 e
Partnership of independent experts committed to building a sustainable way of life. Has directory of over 500 sustainable rural initiatives.

Future Search Network
4700 Wissahickon Ave, Suite 126, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
t +1 800 951 6333 f +1 215 849 7360
Contacts Sandra Janoff, Marvin Weisbord, Sally Theilacker
Network of future search practitioners. Supplies publications, videos, local practitioner contacts.

Georgian Technical University
Institute of Architecture, Tbilisi, Georgia
t +995 32 33 71 63 f 33 26 25
Contacts Vladimir Vardosanidze, Magda Goliadze
Association of Urbanists of Georgia. Useful regional contact point.

The Glass-House Community Led Design
Third Floor, 47-49 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6DA, UK
t +44 (0)20 7490 4583 f +44 (0)20 7490 4584
Contacts Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive
Independent UK national charity supporting and promoting public participation and leadership in the design of the built environment. Offers advice, training and hands-on support to community groups and organisations, housing associations, developers, local authorities and other stakeholders, to help them work more effectively together to create better quality places and spaces.

Lockside, 5 Scotland Street, Birmingham, B1 2RR, UK
t +44 (0)121 236 8565 f 236 7356
UK network of local trusts working through partnership to improve the quality of life in deprived areas. Sister organisations in Japan and USA. Useful publications and videos.

Habitat Budapest Office
VATI Magyar Regionalis Fejlesztesi Urbanisztikai KHT, Gellerthegy u.30-32, 1016 Budapest, PF 2011253, Hungary
t +361 375 5691 f 356 8003
Contacts Nora Horcher
Useful regional contact point.

Habitat International Coalition
General Secretariat, 12 Tiba St., 2nd Floor, Muhandisin, Giza, Egypt
t +20-2-37486379 f +20-2-37486379
Contacts Alvaro Puertas
Global forum for NGOs concerned with human settlements. Secretariat revolves so check website for latest information.

Hertfordshire County Council
Environment Department, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DN, UK
t t +44 (0) 1992 555231 f 555251
Contacts David Hughes
Experience of using future search to develop whole settlement strategies.

Homes and Communities Agency
7th Floor Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7BN, UK
t + 44 (0)300 1234 500 e
National housing and regeneration delivery agency for England, whose role is to create thriving communities and affordable homes.

P.O. Box 23268, Washington DC, 20026-3268, USA
t 1-800-245-2691 e
Government department for housing and urban development, USA. Information and publications.

Imagine Chicago
910 W Castlewood Terrace, Chicago, Illinois 60640, USA
t +1 312 330 1015 e
Contacts Bliss Brown, President
Innovative project helping people develop their imagination as city creators, based on future search and appreciative inquiry methods. Resource materials available.

Institute of Architecture and Town Planning
Technical University of Lodz, Al.Politechniki 6A, 90-240 Lodz, Poland
Contacts Małgorzata Hanzl
Expertise in public participation in urban planning.

Institute of Cultural Affairs
International Secretariat, ℅ ICA Canada, 655 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1G4, Canada
t +1.416.691.2316 f +1.416.691.2491
Global network of private, non-profit organisations concerned with the human factor in world development. Runs courses based on its Technology of Participation (ToP) methodology.

Institute of Development Studies, Brighton
Library Road, Brighton, BN1 9RE, UK
t +44 (0)1273 606261 f +44 (0)1273 621202
Global charity for international development research, teaching and communications. Hosts research teams, postgraduate courses and a family of knowledge services. 

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
1330 23rd Street South, Suite C, Fargo, ND, 58103-3705, USA
t +1.701.297.7908 f +1.701.297.7917
Forum for advancing innovation, development, and best practice in impact assessment. International membership promotes development of local and global capacity for the application of environmental, social, health and other forms of assessment in which sound science and full public participation provide a foundation for equitable and sustainable development. Membership only access to most website resources.

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
13762 Colorado Blvd, Suite 124 PMB 54, Thornton, Colorado, 80602, USA
Helps organizations and communities around the world improve their decisions by involving those people who are affected by those decisions. Many resources on website.

International Centre for Participation Studies
Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP, UK
t +44(0)1274 232323 e
Academic and applied research unit in the field of participatory politics.

International Institute for Environment and Development
80-86 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8NH, UK
t +44 (0)20 3463 7399 e
Independent organisation promoting sustainable world development. Its Resource Centre for Participatory Learning and Action has over 2000 documents covering most participatory approaches, focusing primarily on Africa, Asia and South America.

33 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR, UK
t +44 (0)20 7336 9444 e
Exists to put people at the heart of decision-making. Believes public participation can help solve some of our most pressing challenges and lead to the genuine empowerment of people. Core activities include: influencing decision makers, new thinking, better practice and networking.

IS Maatwerk
Bierkade 1, PO Box 2033,, 1620 EA Hoorn, The Netherlands
t +31(0)229 219 197 e
Collective of urban planners and architects, participation and communication specialists committed to bridging the gap between the (local) body politic, (commercial) developers and citizens through Community Planning and other participatory processes. Aims at a high-quality urban environment, empowerment of local communities and balancing the interests of communities, political representatives, decision makers and commercial developers.

Isabelle Val de Flor
Architecture, Urbanisme, Ecologie Urbaine, 91 Route de Carrieres sur Seine, Chatou, 78400, France
t +33 (0) 39 52 96 08 Architect and urbanist promoting community participation and ecology. Useful regional contact.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Homestead, 40 Water End, York, YO30 6WP, United Kingdom
t 01904 629241 f 01904 620072
Charitable Foundation which has supported many research projects on the effectiveness of community engagement. Valuable website.

Kala Karthikeyan, Community Educator
C 1/1, Humayun Road, New Delhi, 110003, India
t +91 11 4632818 & 4632919 e
Useful regional contact point.

Ketso Ltd
t tel +44 0844 879 4483 e
Contacts Dr. Joanne Tippett
Company establed to develop and promote Ketso, a hands-on kit that enables people to think and work together better. Rents and sells kits and manages website with additional resources.  

Kobe University
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Rokkodai Nada, Kobe, 657-0013, Japan
t +81 (0)78 803 6039 e
Contacts Yoshimitsu Shiozaki
Research and practical experience in community architecture and planning in Japan including disaster reconstruction.

Living Streets
4th Floor, Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth Street, London, E1 7SA, UK
t +44(0)20 7377 4900 e
UK charity that stands up for pedestrians. Campaigns to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets where people want to walk.

Local Trust
t +44 (0)20 7712 5456 e
Contacts Debbie Ladds, Chief Executive
Runs Big Local, a £200 million community based programme funded by the Big Lottery to help local residents make a massive and lasting difference to their communities in England. Company limited by guarantee and a charity.  

33 Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR, UK
t +44 (0)845 458 8336 f 458 8337
The UKs leading network for settlements, development trusts, social action centres and community enterprises. Lead partner of the Building Community consortium which supports communities and neighbourhoods in planning. Useful publications, training and information exchange.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Architecture + Planning, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 7-231, Cambridge, Mass 02139, USA
t +1 617 253 4401 f 253 9417
Contacts Professor Jan Wampler
Academic and practical expertise in many countries. Useful publications.

MATCH (MAnaging The CHange)
see Von Zadow

Max Lock Centre
University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS, UK
t +44 (0)20 7911 5000 f 7911 5171
Research unit based on the civic diagnosis and participatory ideals of the Max Lock Group, supplemented with the archives of John Turner.

Medvode Community
Mayor and City Planning Dept., Cesta Komandanta Staneta 12, Medvode, si-1215, Slovenia
t +386 (0)61 613 600 f 611 686
Contacts Mayor Stanislav Zagar
Useful regional contact point.

METREX - The Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas
Nye Bevan House, 20 India Street, Glasgow, G2 4PF, UK
t +44 (0)141 339 384 f +44 (0)141 339 9703
Contacts Alastair Wyllie
Exchanges information and practice on spatial planning and development.

Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment(MADE)
122 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS, UK
t +44 (0)121 633 9333 f +44 (0)121 633 9444
Contacts Julia Ellis, Director; Vanessa Brothwell, Projects and Partnerships Manager
Architecture centre for the UK's West Midlands Region. Delivers a wide range of partnership projects which engage people with design and planning processes in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Mount Wise Action Planning
Estate Management Office, 102 Pembroke Street, Plymouth, PL1 4JT, UK
t +44 (0) 1752 607277 Active local group. Supply video and report on action planning.

Murdoch University
Institute for Science and Technology Policy, Murdoch, Perth,, Western Australia 6150, Australia
t +618 9360 2913 f 9360 6421
Useful research and publications.

National Association of Local Councils (NALC)
109 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LD, UK
t +44 (0)20 7637 1865 f 7436 7451
Represents 9.000 local councils in England. A provider of support to communities and neighbourhoods in planning, with CPRE.

National Association of Planning Councils (NAPC)
11118 Ferndale Road, Dallas, Texas 7523, USA
t +1(214)342-2638 e
Private, non-profit USA organization which â??promotes quality community planning and supports its members as they provide leadership for community-based human services and health planning and actionâ??.

National Charrette Institute (NCI) (USA)
3439 NE Sandy Blvd. #349, Portland, Oregon, 97232, USA
t +1 (503) 233-8486 f 233-1811
Non-profit educational institution which teaches ?the transformative process of Dynamic Planning to create healthy community plans?. Website contains explanations, toolkits and other resources for planning and running charrettes.

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
114 W. Springville Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007, USA
t +1 (717) 243 5144 e
Contacts Sandy Heierbacher, Director
Brings together and supports people, organizations, and resources in ways that expand the power of discussion to benefit society.

National Housing Institute
Independent nonprofit UK organization dedicated to fostering decent, affordable housing and a vibrant community for everyone. Focuses attention and encourages action on progressive, high-impact housing and community-development policies and practices. Useful magazine Shelterforce.  

National Rural
Online information exchange for UK rural organisations. 

National Tenants Resource Centre
Trafford Hall, Ince Lane, Wimbolds Trafford, Chester, CH2 4JP, UK
t +44 (0)1244 300 246 f 300 818
Training centre for tenants and other community organisations.

National Trust
PO Box 39, Warrington, WA5 7WD, UK
t +44 (0)844 800 1895 f 800 4642
Charity which owns historic properties and land and makes them open for the public to visit. Also campaigns on rural planning and sustainability issues including food. 

Natural England
1 East Parade, Sheffield, S1 2ET, UK
t 0845 600 3078 e

Government agency charged with conserving and enhancing the natural environment. Incorporates the former Countryside Agency. Information and training on innovative ways of involving people in improving the countryside including village and town design statements, market town healthchecks and community forests. Useful website. 


Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation
See Planning for Real Unit below.

New Economics Foundation (NEF)
3 Jonathan Street, London, SE11 5NH, UK
t +44 (0)20 7820 6300 f 7820 6301
Think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Promotes community visioning, indicators, community finance and social audit. Coordinates UK Participation Network.

Nick Wates Associates
29 Lower Park Road, Hastings, TN34 2LA, UK
t +44 (0)1424 712612 e
Contacts Nick Wates
Publishers of this website.

Nishikawa Tetsuya
Hosei University Graduate School of Architecture, 7-16-6 Yanaka Taitoh-ku, Tokyo, 110-0001, Japan
t +81 (0)3 5685 1995? f 5685 1995
Contacts Yanaka Gakko
Experience of community-based development, planning and design.

North Carolina State University
School of Architecture, College of Design, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27695-7701, USA
t +1 919 515 2205  e
Contacts Henry Sanoff
Expertise in participatory design. Great publications available.

North-South Research Network
Internet-based network of institutions based in the UK involved in human settlements research in the developing world. Includes this handbook with update information and feedback facilities. Hosted by Centre for Environment & Human Settlements, Edinburgh, Scotland (see separate entry).

Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture and Fine Arts
Krasny Prospect 38, Novosibirsk-99, 630099, Russia
t +7 383 2 225 830 f 222 905
Contacts Nikolai P Zhurin
Useful regional contact point.

OKO-Stadt - Universite de Dortmund
Faculty of Spatial Planning, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30, Berlin, D10999, Germany
t +49 (0) 30 611 8511 f 611 2320
Contacts Prof. Dr. Ekhart Hahn
Private office dealing with model projects and research on urban and spatial ecology.

Open City
44-46 Scrutton Street, London, EC2A 4HH, UK
t +44 (0)20 3006 7008 f 7377 6972
Contacts Victoria Thornton, Director

Provider of education programmes and resources using architecture as a learning tool. Mainly focussed on London but approach relevant anywhere. Integrated with Engaging Places website:

Open Society Fund
A. Jaksto st. 9, 2600 Vilnius, Lithuania
t +370 2 62 90 50 f 22 14 19
Contacts Sarunas Liekis
Useful regional contact point.

Orton Family Foundation
PO Box 111, 152 Maple Street; Suite 101, Middlebury, Vermont, 05753, USA
t +1-802/388-6336 e
Works to build vibrant and enduring communities. Helps small cities and towns articulate, implement and steward their heart and soul assets so that they can adapt to change while enhancing the attributes they value most. Promotes inclusive, proactive decision-making and land use planning by providing guidance, tools, research, capital and other support to citizens and leaders.

Participatory Avenues
Promotes Participatory 3-D Modeling (P3DM) for merging indigenous technical knowledge and traditional spatial information. Focal point for sharing information on community-based mapping and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS). Excellent website with processes explained and illustrated.

The Partnering Initiative
3rd Floor, 20-22 Bedford Row, Holborn, London, W1X 4EB, UK
t +44 (0) 20 3397 9060 e
Dedicated to driving widespread, systematic and effective collaboration between civil society, government and companies towards a sustainable future. Provides organisational development services and training and capacity building. 

Passive House Trust
Ground Floor, 1 Baldwin Terrace, N1 7RU, UK
t +44 (0)20 7704 3502 e

independent, non-profit organisation providing leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus low energy, design standard for new buildings. 

Permaculture Association
BCM Permaculture Association, London, WC1N 3XX, UK
t +44 (0)845 458 1805 e
Can provide details of Permaculture design courses and local contacts.

Place Lab Community Interest Company
c/o think place, suite 508, Britannia House, 11 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0LH,
t +44 (0)208 7484612 e
Contacts Roland Karthaus
Developer of neighbourhood profiling and international sustainability analysis tool. 

Finsgate, 5-7 Cranwood Street, London, EC1V 9LH,
t +44 (0)300 777 9777 f 777 9778
Global children’s charity working with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.

Planning Aid
41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, UK
t +44 (0)330 123 9244 e
Offers free, independent and professional advice on planning to individuals and community groups in England who cannot afford to pay for a consultant. Has regional network of voluinteer professional planners covering whole country. Government funded. Useful website.

Planning for Real Unit
Neighbourhood Resource Centre for Central England, Innovation Works@Rubery Owen, Booth Street, Darlaston, West Midlands, WS10 8JB, UK
t +44 (0)121 568 7070 e
Contacts Margaret Wilkinson
Provides support and training for those wanting to use Planning for Real. Part of the Accord Group.

Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit
University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
t +44 (0)1904 432640 f 432641
Contacts Sultan Barakat
Community planning expertise in post-war situations.

Practical Action
The Schumacher Centre, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9QZ, UK
t +44 (0)1926 634501 f +44 (0)1926 634502
Works alongside communities to find practical solutions to poverty. Publishes material on all aspects of development and appropriate technology including community participation.

The Prince\'s Foundation
19-22 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3SG, UK
t +44 (0)20 7613 8500 f 7613 8599
Unites and extends HRH The Prince of Wales\'s initiatives in architecture, building and urban regeneration. Encourages a more holistic and humane approach to the planning and design of communities.

Princes Trust
18 Park Square East, London, NW1 4LH,
t +44 (0)20 7543 1234 f 7543 1200
Charity that believes in young people who often do not believe in themselves. Range of initiatives and support programmes.  

Project for Public Spaces (PPS)
419 Lafayette Street, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10003, USA
t +1(212) 620-5660 f +1(212) 620-3821
A nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build stronger communities. Its Placemaking approach helps people transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. 

Removing Unfreedoms Design Associates
Wycke Cottage, St Marys Street, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 6QB, UK
t +44 (0)1452 813151 e
Contacts Jane Samuels, Director
International consultancy with specialist focus on urban governance and the multi-cultural diversity of human settlements. Activities aim to spur dynamic relationships between key formal and informal urban cultures.

Revive and Thrive
UK organisation for everyone passionate about place focusing on high streets. Helps those working in “place” to share best practice and learn from what other places are doing while highlighting to them the quality solutions that are available across the board.

Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD, UK
t +44 (0)20 7580 5533 f 7225 1541
Runs Architects in Schools programme. Can supply a Schedule of Services for Community Architecture. Clients Advisory Service provides lists of local community architects. Bookshop and library have useful publications.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, UK
t +44 (0)20 7929 9494 f +44 (0)20 7929 9490
Promotes public participation in planning through education for sustainable development, awards schemes, publications and Planning Aid (see separate entry). Managed a Community Planning Project for several years which helped develop this website.

Rural Development Network & RuralNet
National Rural Enterprise Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwick, CV8 2RR, Warwickshi, UK
t +44 (0)24 7669 6986 f 7669 6538
Provides support for grass-roots rural development organisations. See also InfoRurale

School of Planning and Housing
79 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ, UK
t +44 (131) 221 6164 f 221 6163
Teaching, training, research and knowledge-based services in planning and housing issues related to developing world. Main focus on best practice in conditions of rapid urbanisation.

Scottish Community Development Centre
Suite 305, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 6HJ, UK
t +44 (0)141 248 1924 f +44 (0)141 248 4938
Charity with its activities based in Scotland. Website has useful resources on community engagement and community planning in Scotland.

Sheep Network
#204 Mejiro House K, 3-25-10 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, ZIP171, Japan
t +81 3 3565 4781 f 3565 4061
Contacts Mariko Saigo
Expertise in community architecture and planning. Regional contact.

Shoevegas Arts and Media
Top floor, 24-28 Hatton Wall,, London, EC1N 8JH, UK
t +44 (0)20 7916 6969 f 7916 9977
Multimedia group. Experience with creating electronic maps.

Society for Development Studies
India Habitat Centre, Core 6A, IInd Floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 110003, India
t +91 11 24699368 f 24699368
Contacts Vinay D. Lall, Director
Research, training and consultancy institution. Useful regional contact point.

Sofia University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy
1 Smirnensky Blvd, Sofia, 1421, Bulgaria
t +359 2 668 449 f 656 809
Contacts Stefan Popov
Useful regional contact point.

SOFTECH Energie, Tecnologia, Ambiente
via Cernaia 1, Torino, 1-10121, Italy
t +39 (0) 11 562 2289  f 540 219
Contacts Roberto Pagani
Consultancy integrating technology, economy, public administration and citizen participation in regeneration.

Soil Association
South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol, BS1 3NX,
t +44 (0) 117 314 5000 f +44 (0) 117 314 5001
Campaigning membership charity promoting planet-friendly food and farming. Working to develop new models of sustainable and resilient food systems.

Sorrell Foundation
Somerset House, The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA,
t +44 (0)20 7845 5860 f +44 (0)20 7845 5872
Inspires creativity in young people and improves quality of life through good design. Creates and prototypes new ideas and develops models that can be widely used.

South Bank University
Faculty of the Built Environment, 202 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JZ, UK
t +44 (0)20 7815 7283 f 7815 7366
Contacts Nick Hall
Community-based disaster management research. Courses on tenant participation.

Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd)
9-13 Kean Street, London, WC2B 4AY, UK
t +44 (0)20 7420 4446 e
Umbrella, membership organisation for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and educators interested in Environmental Education. Facilitates wide stakeholder engagement, promotes shared learning, builds capacity and cross sector partnerships.

The Sustainable Building Association (AECB)
PO Box 32, Llandysul, SA44 5ZA, Wales
t +44 (0)845 4569773 e
Network of individuals and companies promoting sustainable building. Brings together builders, architects, designers, manufacturers, housing associations and local authorities, to develop, share and promote best practice in environmentally sustainable building.

Sustainable Development Commission
Former UK governments independent advisory body on sustainable development. Website now an archive.

Sustainable Strategies & Solutions, Inc.
1535 NE 90th Street, Seattle, WA 98115-3142, USA
t +1 (206) 979-9842 f 524-2524
Contacts J. Gary Lawrence
Helps public, private and civic organizations achieve their individual and shared objectives through incorporation of sustainable development theory and practice.

Head Office, NCN Centre, 2 Cathedral Square, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5DD, UK
t +44 (0)117 926 8893 f +44 (0)117 929 4173
Contacts Daniel Black
Has some of the UKs foremost experts on non-motorised transport infrastructure. Works on travel behaviour change and research, monitoring and evaluation, community-led street design, transport and its relation to health, education and carbon emissions. Low carbon projects give people the choice of traveling in ways that benefit their health and the environment. 

Taipei City Urban Regeneration Office (URO)
9th Floor, No. 8, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Road, Taipei City , 10074, Taiwan, ROC
t + 886.2.2321.5696 e
Emphasizes the importance of innovative planning, efficiency in amending regulations, and monitoring construction quality. Focuses on cooperation between government and the public, and gathers all the ideas and resources to make infinite possibilities in the city. Hopes to make Taipei a city that is attractive and vibrant while enriching quality of life in the living environment.

Tallinn College of Engineering
t +372 2 645 0588 f 645 0956
Contacts Aleksander Skolimowsk, Kristi Aija
Useful regional contact point.

139 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 6L1, Canada
t +1 519 885 5155 f +1 519 885 4454
Canadian Institute of community engagement. Aims to "help communities take ownership of local issues by making use of proven strategies for community engagement".

Tenants Participatory Advisory Service
Suite 4b Trafford Plaza, 73 Seymour Grove, Manchester, M16 0LD, UK
t +44 (0)161 868 3500 f 877 6256
Provides information, advice, training, consultancy, seminars and conferences on involving tenants in their housing management.

Tirana Polytechnical University
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture Dept., Rruga Udhamed Gvolle, shavsha No. 54, Tirana, Albania
t +355 42 332 52 Contacts Nardiola Hoxa
Useful regional contact point.

Town & Country Planning Association
17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AS, UK
t +44 (0)20 7930 8903 f 7930 3280
Campaign group for reforming the planning system. Useful publications.

UK Youth Parliament
CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Street, London, N1 6AH,
t +44 (0)845 2501299  e
Runun by young people for young people. Provides a unique platform that enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better.

P.O. Box 30030, GPO, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya
t (254-20) 7621234 f (254-20) 7624266
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. Website includes many useful resources and contact details of regional offices.

United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP)
School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK
t +44 (0)1865 285717 f 285710
Multidisciplinary institute which helps organisations, sectors and governments adapt to the changing climate through practice based research, and by providing support and advice. Focuses on decision making for adaptation, exchanging knowledge and ideas, creative adaptation. Website includes case studies. 

United Nations Development Programme, Turkey
Zeki Pasa, Apt 12-6, Macka Caddesi, Macka, Istanbul, Turkey
t +90 212 248 3612 f 296 1951
Contacts Uner Kirdar (Secretary for UN Habitat 2 conference, 1996)
Useful regional contact point.

Urban Design Group
70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ, UK
t 020 7250 0892 f 020 7250 0892
Contacts Rob Cowan
National voluntary organisation that helps set urban design agenda. Register of experienced professionals and good practice guidance on website.

Wendy Sarkissian
PO Box 117, Nimbin, NSW, 2460, Australia
t +61 2 6689 0432 e
Contacts Wendy Sarkissian
Experienced practitioner and academic. International presentations. Useful regional contact. 

Yale Urban Design Workshop
1203 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut, 06511, USA
t +1 203 764-5696 f 764-5697
Contacts Alan Plattus, Director
Well established urban design studio at Yale University working with surrounding communities.

Young Foundation
18 Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PF, UK
t +44 (0) 20 8980 6263 f +44 (0) 20 8981 6719
Devoted to social innovation and finding and developing new and better ways of meeting pressing unmet needs. Founded in 2005, formed from the merger of the Institute of Community Studies and the Mutual Aid Centre.

Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K)
34 Grosvenor Gardens , London , SW1W 0DH, UK
t +44 (0)20 7259 0801 f +44 (0)20 7259 0701
Charity fighting the causes of poverty and helping households in extreme poverty in the UK to access the justice system when they face claims by statutory authorities and court proceedings. See website for links to a Housing Review which includes pioneering work on affordable housing and the credit crunch led by Professor Peter Ambrose.