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London’s road infrastructure is essentially finite and the priorities for its use continue to change. Autonomous vehicles are a potential game changer in this sphere and the GATEway project in Greenwich is one of several gathering information on how they might interact with pedestrians and other road users.

The London Society has been involved with the Greater London Region (GLR) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on two previous occasions through presentations under the theme of Sustainable Urban Mobility, and the South-Western Area of IMechE GLR is pleased to offer a warm invitation to London Society members to attend the latest in the series at Kingston University on 21 March at 18.30 for 19.00 to 20.00.

Prof Nick Reed, Academy Director at TRL and GATEway Technical Lead will describe the objectives of the project and what has been learned so far. The event is co-sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and is free to members of all three organisations. Please book as a guest through the IMechE website

 

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If you wanted to come on our Charterhouse tour with Eric Parry Architects that featured in yesterday’s newsletter – sorry, all the tickets have gone.

This follows sell outs of the Design Museum tour with the director, Deyan Sudjic, and our walk around Spitalfields.

In all cases, we hit our registration limit during the members’ Priority Booking period.

That means all tickets went to members before going on general sale.

If you’d like to come along to future events it might be worth joining (and you can do so here). You’ll get to hear of tours and walks as soon as registration is opened, and you’ll benefit from the members’ priority booking.

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screenshot of statuefindr appGrace Everett, one of the Society’s members, has come up with StatueFindr, a smartphone app that explores Westminster’s rich heritage of statuary, with photographs and biographies on the statues and sculptures, and detailed information about the people who created them. There is information on over 350 sculptures by over 200 sculptors, grouped into topics, or searchable by sculptor name, statue name, or simply by clicking a location on the map.

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The London Society is delighted to welcome The Cadogan Estate as a new Corporate Supporter.

cadogan estate logoCadogan is the historic estate that is shaping a 21st-century Chelsea. Spanning 93 acres of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Cadogan Estate has been under the same family ownership for almost 300 years.

Its foundations were established in 1717 when Charles, 2nd Baron Cadogan, married Elizabeth Sloane, daughter of Sir Hans Sloane, who had purchased the Manor of Chelsea in 1712; the family’s stewardship of the area continues in the hands of the present Viscount Chelsea. Today, the Estate includes approximately 3,000 flats, 200 houses, 300 shops, 500,000 square foot of office space – and over a dozen gardens covering 15 acres.

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Another in our series of pieces about London’s local and civic societies. The Chelsea Society is one of London’s largest and most active groups.

chelsea society logoFormed in 1927 the Chelsea Society is a registered charity which currently has more than a thousand members. Its aim is to preserve and improve the amenities of Chelsea by:

  • stimulating interest in the area’s history, character and traditions;
  • encouraging good architecture, town planning and civic design, the planting and care of trees, and the conservation and proper maintenance of open spaces;
  • seeking the abatement of nuisances

To achieve these aims the Society offers advice to owners and architects and to the Local Planning Authority, and if necessary by campaigning, making written and oral representations at public enquiries and planning appeals, and at consultations by public and private developers.

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Join Mark Davy, CEO Futurecity for this very special curator led tour of Transcending Boundaries, three rooms of immersive installations, two of which have never been seen before, and which includes work from Illuminated River competition winner Leo Villarreal.

The tour is free to London Society members. Tickets are limited and can be reserved here.

 

Transcending Boundaries is a stunning, beautiful and immersive set of artworks that explores the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks, with imagery from one work breaking free of the frame and entering the space of another. The installations also dissolve distinctions between artwork and exhibition space, and involve the viewer through interactivity.

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ls-great-estatesDuring 2017, the London Society will be running a series of talks, walks and tours with the theme of LONDON’S GREAT ESTATES. These will celebrate the best of the estates while aiming to understand their modus operandi and review what lessons they hold for the London of the future.

Grosvenor, de Walden, Portman, Cadogan, Bedford – the estates of London – are key to the capital’s special and distinctive character. Today modern estates such as Kings Cross, Broadgate and Village East London are also providing some of the benefits of their ancient peers: long-term thinking and investment, high quality placemaking, on-going maintenence and careful stewardship.

The series starts with a introductory talk by London Society Chairman Peter Murray on 4 April (register here). This will look at the role of the Great Estates both in the past and today, and how they have set the character of much of London, and continue to influence development across the capital.

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academy of urbanism logoOur friends at the Academy of Urbanism run the annual Urbanism Awards to celebrate and learn from 15 more great places – and they need your help in nominating places for this year.

The Awards are designed to promote and learn from places that demonstrate positive social, physical and economic urbanism. There are five Awards in total, including the Great Town, Neighbourhood, Street and Place in the UK and Ireland, as well as the prestigious European City of the Year, awarded last year to Copenhagen in Denmark.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes, the Urbanism Awards this year will focus on places built or rebuilt since 1945.

Nominations are open to all and must be in by the 31 March 2017. For more information and how to nominate, please visit the Academy site

Give a great place you know a boost by nominating it for the 2018 Urbanism Awards

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Smart Technologies: can they meet London’s environmental challenges? asked Maged Hanna (Head of Energy Masterplanning, AECOM), Zoe Green (Head of Smart Cities, PwC) and Sam Ibbott (Head of Smart Cities, Environmental Industries Commission) at this Society talk held at Make Architects offices in Cleveland Street.

The speakers looked at some of the ways technology can improve the efficiency of services and be more responsive to the future of London’s needs, and examined the opportunities presented, looking particularly at ways in which disparate stakeholders might be involved in the process, and sharing best practice, both in London and beyond.

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The Literary London Society Conference ‘Fantastic London: Dream, Speculation and Nightmare’ will be held on 13-14 July.

Proposals are invited (with a deadline of 17 March) for papers, comprised panels, and roundtable sessions, which consider any period or genre of literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city’s roots in pre-Roman times to its imagined futures.

While the main focus of the conference will be on literary texts, we actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating to film, architecture, visual arts, topography and theories of urban space. Papers from postgraduate students are particularly welcome for consideration.

For full details please visit the LLS website, here

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