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WEBINAR | Planning School 2020 - Block Booking

event Thursday, 29 October 2020

access_time 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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This year, the Planning School goes Global!

“Reform the planning system!” is an evergreen refrain for those intent on political reform. This year, the central government has made it clear their intentions for change. Root and branch change. Historic change. Maybe you think this is about bloody time, or you think poor old planning is too easily made a political football. Whatever your view, Johnson, Cummings and company have put their reforms on the table in a white paper – including simple site zoning, streamlined local plans, design codes, digitisation, and the emergence of… beauty. While many in the London planning community are aghast, some of these ideas are well known to international audiences. So, for this year’s Planning School, we’re going to zoom out (pun intended) to place our planning system against a global backdrop. How does the UK compare against systems on three other continents? Three speakers from around the world will compare our battle-weary planning system against theirs at a pivotal time of change.

Thursday 29 Oct – Takeshi Hayatsu will speak on Japan with a focus on Tokyo. Takeshi Hayatsu is a Japanese architect practicing in London, and a founding director of Hayatsu Architects. He studied architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and at the Architectural Association in London.  Takeshi worked at David Chipperfield Architects, Haworth Tompkins and 6a architects before establishing his own practice in 2017. His practice’s current portfolio includes public commissions from arts and community led organisations, local authorities and Greater London Authority. Alongside his practice Takeshi teaches post graduate architecture studio at Kingston University. His research through practice and teaching focuses on exploring craft, material, traditional and contemporary building techniques and self-build for community engagement. ‘The Road’, an on-going participatory public realm project for the Coniston Institute and John Ruskin Museum in the Lake District, was exhibited in the RIBA exhibition ‘Making It Happen: New Community Architecture’ in 2019. Hayatsu Architects were selected in the New Architects 4, a publication by Architecture Foundation surveying the best British architectural practices established in the past ten years.

... Wednesday 4 Nov – Kathryn Firth will enlighten us on the North American Experience with a focus on Boston.

Kathryn Firth is an architect and urban designer with some 25 years of experience. She recently returned to London from the US where she was Director of Urban Design at NBBJ and she led projects such as the Boston Downtown Planning Study; from 2011-14 she was the Chief of Design at the London Legacy Development Corporation.  She has led master planning and urban regeneration projects that range from those in sensitive heritage contexts to regeneration projects on former industrial sites. She has served on many design review panels and engages in research on topics such as urban intensification and the role of healthcare in creating equitable urban environments.  Kathryn has taught simultaneous with practice throughout her career and is a strong proponent of an inter-disciplinary approach to urban challenges.  She taught in the LSE Cities Programme, the Architecture Association, and continues to teach urban planning and design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where she has been a Visiting Design Instructor for the past 3 years. From 2015-17 she was an Executive Committee Member of The London Society.

... Thursday 12 Nov – David Rudlin will provide the wider view of the UK’s planning system, comparing its past with its present, with some comparisons from France.

David Rudlin is one of the UK’s leading urbanists. In addition to working as a masterplanner he is currently Chair of the Academy of Urbanism and an Honorary Professor at Manchester University.  In 2014 he was the winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize, the most valuable economics prize in the UK, which focused on modern garden cities. He has written three books, the most recent being Climax City, written with Shruti Hemani (based in India) and published by RIBA Publishing. He has written for the Guardian Newspaper in the UK and has a monthly column for Building Design Magazine.  David has a huge amount of experience of working in the built environment in planning and urban design. A planner by training he previously worked in Manchester on the redevelopment of Hulme. He has worked on major masterplanning projects across the UK including the award winning New England Quarter in Brighton, Temple Quay in Bristol and Trent Basin in Nottingham. His previous books Building the 21st Century Home (1999 and 2009) and Urbanism (2016) were both published by Routledge.

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