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Southbank Centre's Chief Executive at Future Cities Forum

The Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, Elaine Bedell, will be speaking at Future Cities Forum's cultural regeneration event on 8th April at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Elaine was appointed in 2017 and is the first woman Chief Executive of Europe's largest arts centre in its 66 year history. Her appointment alongside Susan Gilchrist as Chair, means that the Southbank Centre is unique among the UK's leading cultural institutions in having an all female leadership team. Southbank Centre is the UK's largest arts centre, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architec

Sound, culture and the city

London is famous for its concert halls but how does the capital compete with music venues around the world in terms of drawing audiences? Defining what makes for high quality environments for the performing arts, is something that former conductor Tateo Nakajima, Principal, Arts, Culture and Entertainment at the consulting firm Arup, is an expert in and he will be speaking at our cultural regeneration forum in the City of London on 8th April. Tateo is an acoustics/theatre designer and arts planner for venues and districts from initial visioning/conceptualisation and planning through execution and operations. Before joining Arup, Tateo was a Partner at Artec Consultants Inc, leading the desig

Supporting artists in the city

Picture credit: Goldsmiths' Company assay stamp At our cultural regeneration event on 8th April, Karine Lepeuple, Deputy Director of the Goldsmiths Centre will be speaking about the workshops and artists' studios, vocational and training opportunities, including the Goldsmiths' Company's Apprenticeship Scheme, that are being taken up by aspiring and established jewellers, silversmiths and allied craftspeople. The short availability of artists' studios has been discussed at our two previous arts and regeneration forums at Burlington House and RIBA Portland Place, where Charles Saumarez Smith, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy spoke of the need to keep cultural hubs in London alive as galle

Arup on greening the city and the London Plan

Our forum this week will look at the importance of a sustainable greening strategy for London which encourages an environment where people want to live and work and will do so for decades to come. This month, the Mayor of London announced the next step towards making London the world's first National Park City, with plans for a week-long festival in July, with the aim to get people more in tune with nature, improving health, wellbeing and social cohesion. The Mayor has also updated the London Plan to prevent the loss of green belt and increase 'greening in new developments. Arup will be speaking at our forum this week about the Plan which promotes a green infrastructure for London, recognisi

Deloitte - city governance and transport

Our forum on 'Connected cities - planning and place-making' this week at Deloitte's offices in London, begins with TfL talking about the mobility bus trial it is involved with in Sutton and the plans to provide three more tube stations linking Elephant and Castle to Lewisham. Improving integrated transport systems and mobility will be a major theme of our June City Hall London forum with Stephen Dance, Director of Delivery from the Infrastructure Projects Authority. Deloitte compiles research data into its' annual 'City Mobility Index', this year in one section providing insight into how city governance can enable strong or weak transport integration: 'Cities with high population such as Lon

Running order for our 26 March Planning and Place-making forum

Connected cities – planning and place-making 26th March 2019 Deloitte, 2, New Street Square, London EC4A 3BZ 8.30 am to 11 am Running order for 26th March forum 8.30 Coffee and networking 9.00 Presentation: Alex Williams, Head of Planning, Transport for London. 9.15 Panel discussion: planning city development, housing developments and density around transport hubs and railway line extensions. Alex Williams, Head of Planning, Transport for London Gavin Miller, Director, MICA Architects Colin Wilson, The Greater London Authority / Southwark Council Project Lead for Old Kent Road 9.45 Panel discussion: future housing planning and construction – the Green Belt(s), landscape design, garden towns,

Universal design for retrofitting suburbia?

We are delighted to welcome Dr Susan Parham from the University of Hertfordshire who will be speaking at our forum next week in the City of London on planning housing for the third age. Dr Parham works as the University's Head of Urbanism and Planning at the School of Life and Medical Sciences (LMS) in the Geography, Environment and Agriculture (GEA) group. In December 2018 Susan was appointed as the Director of the new University of Hertfordshire Urbanism Unit (UHUU). Susan will be answering questions on what urbanists should be focusing on now to shape cities for older people's needs and how easy or sensible might it be to concentrate on a 'universal design' concept that would suit people

SPPARC joins our cultural destination discussions in April

London is always in competition internationally but also within the UK to attract visitors and tourists to the capital and so we are very much looking forward to Trevor Morriss, Principal at SPPARC speaking at our Future Cities Forum at The Goldsmiths' Hall, City of London, about the £1 billion project to redevelop the famous and historic exhibition halls - Olympia London - into a world leading cultural hub. Award winning architecture practices SPPARC and Heatherwick Studio are leading on the design and implementation of the project which will create more than 3,000 new construction jobs over the next five years in addition to approximately 5,400 new jobs for the borough when it is completed

Royal College of Art at Future Cities Forum

We are delighted that the Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, Dr Paul Thompson will be speaking at our 'Art and Cities' forum in March. Dr Thompson is leading the development of a significant investment programme that will secure the RCA's future academic vision as well as a new state of the art building at Battersea South, delivering new studios, workshops and incubator units for business innovation. Dr Thompson was appointed to his position at the RCA in 2009. Prior to this he was Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (2001 - 2009), and Director of the Design Museum in London (1993 - 2001). He is a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museu

Tourism needs domestic boost

Numbers of domestic visitors to London are falling according to the Mayor of London who has rallied business organisations to promote the capital across the UK. Tourism supports around 700,000 jobs in the capital, but while London remains one of the most visited cities in the world with 32 million tourists in 2017 generating almost £26 billion for the economy, only 12.2 million of visitors cam from England, Scotland and Wales. Day visits to London reduced by 3% during 2017 and spend from day visitors went down from £14.4 billion to £12.6 billion. London & Partners (L&P) currently promotes London internationally but now will have responsibility for co-ordinating an industry-led Domestic Touri

Landscape design and the future of the green belt

We are delighted that landscape architect Chris Churchman will be at our planning forum next week to talk about issues around building on the green belt. Recently the practice that he founded in 1993, Churchman Landscape Architects, was successful in the Landscape Institute Awards, picking up the coveted Presidential Award and the Design for Small Scale Development Award for South Gardens, Elephant Park. Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute said ' The scheme is an exemplary urban residential landscape, achieving through genuine place-making, environmentally sensitive planting and meticulous high landscape design'. The practice also received a special Highly Commended Award in rec

Infrastructure Projects Authority at Future Cities Forum

We are delighted that Stephen Dance, Director of Infrastructure Delivery at the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA), will be speaking at our City Hall, London event in June. The IPA was formed in 2016 from the merger of the Government's Major Projects Authority and Infrastructure UK. It reports directly to the Chancellor and the Minister of the Cabinet Office. Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in infrastructure projects. Recently his focus has been on the delivery of the UK's critical economic infrastructure projects in transport, energy, water, waste and telecommunications, as well as the provision of infrastructure to deliver urban regeneration and housing. Stephen is also a

Clarion regenerates canal site for affordable homes in Brent

Abbey Wharf (Alperton) Clarion Housing Group's Head of Policy, Steve Cole, is returning to Future Cities Forum for our planning event this month to talk about solving the housing crisis, green belt development and affordable homes. The Group has purchased a major new site in Brent, where a £109 million (GDV) scheme in the Alperton housing zone will contribute to Clarion's wider ambition of delivering around 650 new homes in the borough over the next three years, more than 550 of which will be affordable. This week the Group completed a deal for the Minavil House site, on which 251 new homes will be built. Of the new homes, 215 will be for shared ownership and 36 for affordable rent. The deve

Loughborough University on offsite house-building at Future Cities Forum

We are delighted that Dr Chris Goodier of Loughborough University, will be speaking at our Planning forum in March in London. Chris is the Director of Loughborough’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering, and is an expert in offsite, modern methods of construction and modular construction. He is an experienced Civil Engineer, Chartered Builder and Researcher with 25 years’ experience of all aspects of construction, including contracting, consultancy and research. His authored books include Design in Modular Construction (2014) and the RICS 'Future of UK House-building' (2010), and he is an international expert witness for offsite and modular construction. He recent

Health in cities - architecture, sustainability and innovation

Our future of healthcare discussions in Liverpool last month, with Royal College of Physicians North, Sensor City, the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals and Rutherford Diagnostics, raised questions around the best ways to use data and robotics to improve patient outcomes, the value of private investment to the NHS in pushing forward state-of-the-art cancer treatment and the importance of high-quality architecture in creating sustainable health and innovation hubs to attract the best clinical and research talent. The content collected at this forum followed our Healthy Cities debates at Apothecaries' Hall in January involving UCL, King's College London and Moorfields Eye Hosp

Pharmacy and AI

Take rising price pressures and increasing scrutiny of drug safety and efficacy, and you get pharmaceutical companies being forced to rethink how they operate, according to Deloitte. Every year, the firm states, 'pharmaceutical companies receive hundreds of thousands of what are called 'Adverse Event' (AE) reports relating to their to their medicines. An AE is any untoward effect, sign or symptom associated with the use of a pharmaceutical product, which may or may not be related to the administered product'. Following up with healthcare professions to understand their reported events is a legal requirement and as Deloitte explains ' for AstraZeneca, this was associated with lots of paperwor

A future for intergenerational living

Matter Architecture will be explaining its new concepts for inter-generational living at our March forum. Matter Architecture is a RIBA Chartered Practice located in Bethnal Green, London and its research uses inspiration from a quote by Winston Churchill in 1943 'We shape buildings, therefore they shape us', claiming that 75 years later, as a society our understanding of how buildings affect behaviour, health and wellbeing is still poorly understood. Lucy Block, who will be speaking at our forum, has worked across the practice's projects on inter-generational living - something that the firm believes is key to the creation of a fair and healthy city and that innovative design can provide sp

Museum of London Director at 'Art and Cities'

Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London is returning to Future Cities Forum to talk about the much anticipated museum's move to West Smithfield and the introduction to new surroundings and community. She will be speaking at our 8th April 'Art and Cities' forum at Goldsmiths' Hall, City of London with Paul Williams, Co-founder of Stanton Williams, the architects in charge of the design of the new museum. The museum will be at the heart of a new cultural hub in the City of London and aims to be one of the capital's top five most visited museums. The museum will sit within 'The Culture Mile' , centred on the Barbican complex and this runs from Farringdon to Moorgate on its east-west axis

Southwark consults on new housing for Old Kent Road

We are delighted to welcome GLA's strategic planner Colin Wilson to our March forum to explain about the regeneration opportunities that will be delivered around the Old Kent Road redevelopment in South London. Colin has been seconded from the Mayor of London's team to Southwark Council to lead the new team steering the scheme that will deliver over 20,000 new homes, 5,000 jobs and the extension of the Bakerloo Line. This is very near the growing and popular area for emerging artists around Peckham. Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council said 'Southwark aims to turn the Old Kent Road into a collection of neighbourhoods of the highest quality. There will be a high proportion of af

Measuring cultural impact of Northern cities

Picture: Looking North from The Museum of Liverpool (Ant Clausen) to Liverpool Waters At RIBA North last week we looked at how Brexit might affect the future of culture and tourism in the wider North. Our panel of cultural leaders was asked how cultural impact can be measured - for cities, communities and individuals.- and also how museums are embracing digital strategies to widen audiences in Liverpool and beyond. Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan, who organised the successful 2008 European Capital of Culture bid, described the energy and determination in Liverpool behind the ongoing cultural offer: 'We invest more in our cultural organisations than any other city in the countr

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