place value wiki


Place Value Wiki is a collaborative platform for anyone interested in the empirical links between aspects of place quality and aspects of place value.

The quality of places influences and is influenced by housing conditions, real estate markets, and our use of technology. Place has an impact on the way we govern ourselves, on our democracy and local decision-making, on community togetherness and empowerment, and on much, much more.

This wiki brings evidence together to show that these and other impacts are not just a woolly wish-list of desired benefits quoted by those already convinced about the importance of investing in a high quality built environment. Instead they are statements of fact supported by a wide and growing range of robust and convincing evidence. In the face of such overwhelming evidence, policy makers, developers, and built environment professionals would be foolish not to make the pursuit of place quality a high priority.

All researchers are welcome and encouraged to use and contribute to this collective resource, either through editing an existing entry or adding a new entry relating to their own or any other research under the appropriate category.

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The Place Value Wiki was launched at Big Meet 8 and is already an immensely useful free resource for anyone looking for robust evidence that makes a convincing and powerful case for  investing in place quality.

The aim of the Place Value Wiki is to bring together, in a ‘raw’ form, the range of rigorous research evidence that links the ‘quality’ and design of ‘place’ with the value added in health, social, economic and environmental terms.


The wiki is derived from a study that reviewed 13700 research records, before narrowing these down to 271 of the most robust studies.

The evidence is brought together, categorised, and presented in an impartial form in the hope that others will digest, utilise, investigate further, and hopefully add to this resource with more and better evidence in the future. 


Place Value Wiki is a collaborative platform for anyone interested in the empirical links between aspects of place quality and aspects of place value.

Practitioners and others can find research here that helps to make the case for their projects, policies and strategies, and researchers can add research here that they believe will add to the collective evidence on these issues.