The October/November edition of CR is a special issue on the theme of place, in which we look at the role creativity plays in documenting, building, promoting and reinventing our neighbourhoods, cities and countries and how our own location can influence our work.

We begin with a look at how Canada Water in south-east London is about to become the first new ‘town centre’ in the capital in living memory. Emma Cariaga and Roger Madelin of developer British Land talk us through the ideas and issues that are shaping the project, how the design of workplaces is changing and the role of branding in creating new places.