Citymaking Sessions is an initiative exploring new perspectives on city making
By bringing together both professionals and the public through a programme of talks and debates, Citymaking Sessions provides a platform for all those involved in the city making process.
As the needs of London’s residents – in fact most urban residents around the world – become centre stage, Citymaking Sessions asks, how do we make cities more equitable? How do we involve residents in shaping their neighbourhoods – the places where they live, work and play? And what is it about the ‘social infrastructure’ of cities that enables us to live together and support each other?
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Header image: Bold Tendencies © Cooke Fawcett Architects & Peter Landers photography
Citymaking Sessions Convention 2020
The theme shaping this year's convention will centre on the notion of climate change as an inter-generational design challenge – with cities at the heart of the conversation.
To find out how to get involved in Citymaking Sessions 2020 please e-mail Ruby, programmes manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Privately Owned Public Spaces: Debating the future of London's 'public realm'
2nd Oct 2019, Hosted by Margaret Howell
A panel discussion exploring the pros and cons of the privately owned public spaces - POPS - that are redefining London's public realm.
Sarah Gaventa, founder of Made Public, director of Illuminated River Foundation
Ken Worpole, writer and social historian, senior professor at The Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University
Mark Freeman, Central Saint Martins MArch graduate whose research explores the use, policy and design of public convenience
Inaugural Event: A one day convention in June at Bold Tendencies, Peckham, Multi-Storey Car park
The inaugural event was a one day convention exploring how cities are made, produced in partnership with Arup. Throughout the day, architects, industry professionals, academics, authors and cultural commentators crafted discussion around contemporary issues and fresh citymaking perspectives. Delegates enjoyed site-specific exhibitions, activities and installations curated especially for Citymaking Sessions and a number of tours.
Julia Barfield, director, Marks Barfield Architects
Nick Searl, partner, Argent
Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at DialogueBooks and LittleBrownUK
Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief, Dezeen
See the full programme here
A superb first symposium and I look forward to more to come over the years!
founder & publisher of Dialogue Books
A wonderful venue and a great line-up
A continuous journey mixing leftfield and pragmatic citymaking ideas
city strategist, ING
At times the Citymaking Sessions felt more like a happening rather than a conference.
author of Plume and Care of Wooden Floors
It was an engaging and encouraging day which left me hopeful about the future of our cities.
event producer and placemaker, Produce UK
City Making Sessions offered a unique way to engage with a broad range of representatives from the built environment in a truly unique setting
head of master planning and design, Quintain and t
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