01 May FORMA Calendar
Urbanism and Sustainability
As summer approaches, lectures, exhibitions and nation-wide conventions pop up across the capital. We selected for you only the best events.
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Urbanism and Sustainability
The director of the Centre for Urban Pedagogy (New York) will close the UCL’s one-day symposium “Urban Rooms, Civic Schools & City Learning. Past, Present and Future” with a lecture on public engagement in place-making. The symposium is aimed at finding a new vision for the development of the UCL Campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The annual round table of the Academy of Urbanism’s Young Urbanists group will focus on “Connectivity”. The panel includes Floriane Ortega (AECOM), Matthew Carreau (ARUP), Alisha Fisher (3°09), Simon Hicks (Fosters) and Gregorio Maya (Space Syntax). More speakers will be confirmed before the event.
9-13 May – The BSP Expo 2018 @ UCL – Gower Street
After the success of the first edition held last year in the South Cloisters of the UCL’s Wilkins Building, the Bartlett School of Planning will present again the work of all its students, from undergraduate and postgraduate curse to doctoral programmes. The head of the School of Planning and the Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment will introduce the event and the guest speaker Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). Nibbles, drinks and walls full of exciting projects will follow.
All the heavyweights of mainstream planning will convene to discuss the latest policy updates and the economic forecasts in the post-Brexit era.
Big names from the public sector: the Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Planner Steve Quartermain, Sadiq Khan’s planning supremo Jules Pipe and several Heads of Planning from local authorities. The private sector is well represented too, with Tony Pidgley (Berkeley Homes), Mike Derbyshire (Bidwells), Andrew Taylor (Countryside Properties) and representatives from Savills, British Land, Bellway Homes and Homes England. Academia and research institutes will be represented by LSE’s Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics Christine Whitehead and Future Cities Catapult’s Chief Executive Nicola Yates.
In the age of ubiquitous sharing, the London Met’s is trying to reshape the concept of “common good” with a series of events curated by Tornage Khonsari, course leader of MA Design for Cultural Commons. In the third appointment Diana Stirbu (London Met), Sion Whellens (Solid Fund) and Tom Dobson (Public Works) will investigate the topics of “Localism and democracy”, “Solidarity through cooperation in housing and at work” and “Civic commons”.
Women in Planning event
The networking group Women in Planning has a penchant for discussing engaging issues in sleek venues and this event is consistent with their style. Smart cities (and their nemesis), virtual spaces vs brick & mortar and technological innovation in the age of reactionary political overtones. Among the wide range of topics dominating the international planning discourse, the speakers tonight will focus on the perceived failure of the built environment in catching up with the digital revolution.
Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning at the UCL and an expert in rural and urban planning in China. In his lecture he will discuss the key parameters of China’s “state entrepreneurialism” as a form of governance and planning that combines elements of central control and market-driven tendencies. The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a drinks reception.
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
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