Peter Murray

 

The joint London Society/ RTPI London debate on ‘Tackling London’s Illegal Air Pollution’ is on 26 February (details here). The full line up of speakers has now been announced and these include:

  • Katherine Nield, Client Earth – The campaigner’s view, looking at current national campaigns to improve tackling air quality in the UK especially the legal cases against the UK Government’s previous efforts to tackle AQ, as well as ClientEarth’s view of the most recent Clean Air Strategy published in January.
  • Stephen Inch, GLA – on the situation in London and what is the Mayor doing to tackle air pollution
  • James Trimmer, Port of London Authority, with a look at how to reduce maritime emissions, and
  • Matthew Mitchell, from REC Ltd discussing how professionals can assess air quality impacts of new development in their work as planners with examples of mitigating the impact of new development.

There are still some tickets available for the evening, which promises to be an important discussion on one of the most significant challenges facing the capital.

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Peter Murray

 

The London Society is the forum for debate on how we can make this city a better place in which to live and to work.

To promote this exchange of ideas and views, we have set up a Facebook group where you can discuss the new developments that you think add or detract from the urban realm; the good and bad changes taking place; the problems and solutions to housing, transport, pollution, city growth, green space and the other factors that make the capital what it is.

If you are on Facebook, you can be part of the debate by clicking here to go to the ‘join’ page of the group. You will then be able to post content that you feel strongly about, engage in discussions about the future of the capital’s urban realm and invite other friends and colleagues to join.

We look forward to welcoming you and to hearing your views.

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Peter Murray

 

Our last event of 2018 was a walk around Canary Wharf with David Thompson. Jo East reports:

Roof gardens, City rivalry and constant change could sum up the thrust of David Thompson’s latest walk.

Meeting outside Canary Wharf Underground Station David gave a brief history of the area to put in context the 97 acres which constitute the district. Walking through the series of gardens and squares that constitute the public realm – quiet on a weekend – he suggested it was best to envisage these as a series of roof gardens to the shopping centre, utilities and car parks that lay beneath us. The buildings above ground being profitably given over to large office complexes and skyscrapers.

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The Society’s first talk of 2019 kicked off one of the main themes for this year – the capital’s parks and open spaces. Our thanks to Studio Egret West for hosting and to Madeleine Gohin for this report.

From Abercrombie’s 1944 Greater London Plan to Sadiq Khan’s 2019 vision of London as a “national park city”, the idea of creating a network of green spaces through London has been a recurring aspiration in the urban policy context of the city. With inputs from Jerry Unsworth, Colne Valley Regional Park, Sue Morgan, Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust and Peter Massini, GLA, this evening has been about exploring the way this ambition is reflected across the London green grid.

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Make 2019 the year you join the London Society – you will be part of a growing membership of individuals, companies and organisations that is debating ways in which the capital can be a better place in which to live and to work.

And if you join now, you can get two free tickets (worth up to £30) to one of our forthcoming talks or debates. Find out more here.

During this year we will be looking at the capital’s parks and open spaces – how can we preserve and expand what we have, and help them thrive through the pressures of budget cuts, urban development and change of use. You can come to talks and tours on the capital’s engineering infrastructure, from the ‘classics’ of Victorian engineering to the super-projects of the 21st century. And you can join our investigation and proposals for how to maintain our high streets, and re-energise those retail centres that are suffering.

Your membership gives you priority booking for our events (most now sell out) and discounts on tickets. You also receive each issue of the London Society Journal, and free tickets for the annual Banister Fletcher Lecture.

Most importantly you will be engaged with a Society that continues – after over 100 years – to be a powerful voice in the development of the greatest – most exciting, most beautiful, most infuriating – city in the world.

Join today, then choose the talk or debate that you would like to attend. We look forward to meeting you.

 

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