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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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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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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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On 26 February the London Society and London Historians are holding an event about statues and monuments in the capital.

As well as announcing the winner of the award for London’s least favourite statue, we’ll be celebrating some of the people, events and things that are not currently commemorated.

If you have someone or something that you feel passionately about and would be happy to talk to a warm, friendly audience for five minutes or so, please email us – we’d be delighted to have you on board.

It could be a big name (Dickens has no public statue for example), a forgotten hero or heroine, a plea for more monuments to women, or to commemorate an important event. Whatever it is, get in touch.

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We’re planning over 50 events this year – talks, debates, lectures, tours, schools, walks and others.

Key to the Society is sharing the message of what gets discussed, so we’re looking for volunteers to write up our events so we can publish a report here on the blog and on our Facebook page.

We’ll give you free tickets for the event you’re covering (and a +1 for the talks and debates).

It would be great if you could help. Just sign up using this form (click here) and we’ll be in touch.

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The latest edition of Planning in London magazine is now published and can be read below.

Planning in London is produced by the London Planning and Development Forum (LPDF). The LPDF was formed in 1980 following an all-party inquiry into the development control system. It selects topics to debate at its quarterly meetings and these views are reported to constituent bodies. It is a sounding board for the development of planning policy in the capital.

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Vote for your least favourite London sculpture and you could win a bottle of champagne. Dozens of monuments were nominated for the London Society/London Historians  prize and VOTING IS NOW OPEN on the shortlist.

Public nominations reflect a variety of grumbles, including a (perceived) lack of quality in the artwork, or an inappropriate location. The poll closes 20 February, and the ‘winner’ will be announced at our special event on 26 February.

There is also the opportunity for you to propose people, events or things that are not currently commemorated in the capital, and which you feel deserve recognition.

The Shortlist (in alphabetical order) is:

  • A Conversation with Oscar Wilde | Strand
  • ArcelorMittal Orbit | Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Bomber Command Memorial | Green Park
  • Dolphin Lampposts | Thames Embankment
  • Eye-I | Broadgate
  • Girl with a Dolphin | St Katherine Docks
  • I K Brunel | Paddington Station
  • Monument to the Women of WW2 | Whitehall
  • The Meeting Place | St Pancras Station
  • William | Central St Giles

See below for images of the shortlist, and cast your vote here.

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The Society is very pleased to welcome its latest corporate supporter, E H Smith Architectural Clay.

EH Smith Architectural Clay have been advising Architects on façade materials since 1922. Still privately owned, we are proud to have played our part in supplying bricks, terracotta rainscreen and other materials to thousands of sites across London. (You can see some of their recent projects here.)

EH Smith are particularly passionate about the unique creativity that is possible with the humble brick and the way it has shaped London throughout the years. We work with the whole construction supply chain from Client to Bricklayer to ensure that the right materials are selected and supplied. This service is backed up with over 500 members of staff, a fleet of 60+ delivery vehicles and 13 stocking locations. Find out more here.

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