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Peter Murray

 

The Society’s new motto of “Valuing the past; looking to the future” will be apparent in everything we do in 2019, with talks, lectures, debates and panel discussions that will look at the future of London through the lens of our city’s history.

The main themes this year include the use and development of Parks and Open Spaces in the capital. The green space in the city is the envy of other capitals, but government cost-cutting has had a negative impact on local authorities’ maintenance budgets and at the same time there is local resistance to the increasing number of events in public parks. This year the Society will have a series of talks and visits around the subject, as well as an ‘ideas competition’ to ask how parks can meet the needs of visitors, residents and fund raising.

We also have a great series of talks, walks, tours and other events on the evolution and challenges to London’s high streets. It’s a truism that London is a collection of villages and neighbourhoods, and vibrant high streets are important to the individual character of each area. How do these places survive? What can planners, architects, local and national government, and us as individuals, do to keep these centres vibrant and thriving.

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This year’s RTPI London summit is on 28 November at TMRW in Croydon, and it focuses on how planners in London can deliver good growth in the suburbs.

The Summit is open to all (tickets are available here) and its objectives are:

  • To explore the big issues affecting the London planning community in 2018 with a focus on outer London.
  • To share current best practice and precedents
  • To provide updates on live issues including the London Plan
  • To provide a networking opportunity for London town planners drawn from public, private and third sectors.

The line up so far is pretty impressive and includes: James Murray, Deputy Mayor, GLA | Stewart Murray, LB Waltham Forest | Jo Negrini, LB Croydon | Heather Cheesbrough, LB Croydon| Lisa Taylor, Future of London | Ollie Spragley, the Collective | Chloe Phelps, Brick by Brick | Kevin Logan, Maccreanor Lavington | Paul Hunter, The Smith Institute | Plus more to be confirmed.

Tickets for the full day can be found here.

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Nearly 200 London Society members and non-members came to the Conway Hall on 13 September to listen to our speakers debate the proposition “this house believes Brexit will be good for London”.

For the motion were Daniel Moylan and Victoria Hewson, against were Caroline Pidgeon and (standing in for Lord Adonis, delayed at Hamburg airport) Sara John.

A full write up of the debate will be published here shortly (and can be read at Dave Hill’s OnLondon site). Or you can listen to the full debate by clicking on this link.

The debate was also covered in the Sunday Politics show on BBC1.

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Thresholds is a season of film screenings and installations in iconic architectural landmarks, dedicated to exploring space, identity and domesticity, from a feminist perspective.

Its first event will take place in the beautiful modernist residential estate, Pullman Court, on Sunday 23rd September, 10:00-17:00, as part of the Open House Weekend 2018. Free entry and open to all. The estate will host an installation of innovative female filmmakers’ short films, situated in the remarkable architecture of private homes and communal spaces throughout Pullman Court.

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We’re delighted to announce that Victoria Hewson of the Institute of Economic Affairs will be joining Daniel Moylan, Lord Adonis and Caroline Pidgeon in the London Society/On London Brexit debate on 13 September.

Victoria is a lawyer and practiced for 12 years in the fields of technology and financial services, before joining the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission to focus on trade and regulatory policy and the IEA in Spring this year. She has published work on the implications and opportunities of Brexit in financial services and movement of goods and the issues in connection with the Irish border.

Tickets for the debate at the Conway Hall are available here.

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Conservation & Heritage: champions and challenges

A residential symposium in Liverpool’s historic centre

Liverpool has more listed buildings than any other city in the UK outside of London, and as such is a fitting location for Martin Randall Travel’s 2018 symposium; Conservation and Heritage.

Taking place over three days (7–9 November), this ambitious symposium brings together movers and shakers in the world of architectural conservation to examine the impact of tourism and new developments, as well as celebrating the skills and scholarship that make restoration and regeneration possible. Topics range from conservation in conflict zones in the Middle East, to Windsor Castle 25 Years after the Fire and championing the UK’s northern architectural heritage.

The symposium is held at Bluecoat, the oldest standing building in the city centre, together with an evening lecture and reception in the Grade 1-listed Town Hall. Among the twelve speakers are Sir Simon Jenkins, Sir Donald Insall, Dr Simon Thurley, Jane da Mosto, Marcus Binney, Henrietta Billings and John Darlington.

Prices from £580 pp (two sharing). Includes 2 nights hotel accommodation, breakfasts, refreshments and one dinner, admission to the talks, and some coach travel within Liverpool.

For further information, please click here or call 020 8742 3355

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Whether you’re a confirmed Brexiteer or a devout Remainer, you’ll agree that probably the most significant event to affect London in a generation is Brexit. That’s why the London Society – working with the OnLondon website – is holding a debate on the topic on 13 September.

Book tickets now at the ‘early bird’ rate – just £5 for members of the Society and £10 for non-members.

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We’re very pleased to announce the London Society Saturday Architecture School for 2018, looking at the buildings and the architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Book for the whole series of five talks and you will save 20%. What’s more, if you’re not currently a member of the Society, if you book the series you will also be given 12 months membership of the London Society, giving you priority booking and members’ discounts off all Society events for the next year.

The 2018 series, held in association with the Cass Architecture school and running on each Saturday morning in June, will show how London’s architecture has evolved over the last 100 years or so, exploring the architecture of London from the halcyon years before the First World War, through a period of long reinvention to the present day when again the city is building and reasserting itself with a confidence of a very different nature. The five lecturers  are all practising architects and will present salient facts as designers rather than historians. There will be ample time for discussion and questions afterwards.

Full information on the individual classes and booking details can be found here.

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We’re very pleased to be able to add a couple of extra speakers to the Planning for the Unknown: London in 2050 panel discussion that the London Society is running in association with CityMetric next week.

  •  Jeremy Skinner, Senior Manager of Growth and Enterprise at the GLA, who led the team that produced the London Infrastructure Plan to 2050
  • Neil Bennett, lead partner at Farrells architect/planning practice for strategic infrastructure and urban design projects
  • Rose Grayston, policy manager at the housing charity Shelter
  • Nicole Badstuber, a doctoral researcher in urban transport governance and policy at UCL and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at the UCL Transport Institute.

The discussion will be chaired by Jonn Elledge of CityMetric. If you want to know how London might evolve in the next three decades, or if you have opinions you’d like to share, come along to what will be a fascinating debate on our possible futures.

There are some tickets still available here.

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Mon 9 Apr 2018, 6.30–8pm
Cass Research Seminars:
Lynch and Luxemburg on Dwelling and Beauty

In this twelfth Cass Research Seminar artist Rut Blees Luxemburg and architect Patrick Lynch will consider the problems of dwelling, aesthetic value and city participation. Through art and architecture practice, they will take us on a visual journey through London to explore an alternative view of urban beauty, perception and possibility, discussing their own works and collaborations, in two short presentations followed by a discussion, on the topics of beauty, civic life and dwelling.

You can find full details and book for the event here.

The Cass Research Seminar is a forum for exploring cross-disciplinary, phenomenological, academic and real-life experiences and ideas. Two presentations will be followed by a lively panel discussion between the audience, a professional discussant and the two speakers.

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