Citymaking Sessions is a 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?
Header image: Bold Tendencies © Cooke Fawcett Architects & Peter Landers photography
Privately Owned Public Spaces: debating London's 'public' realm.
2nd October hosted by Margaret Howell
The next Citymaking Sessions will be a panel discussion looking into the future of London's public realm, in partnership with Margaret Howell.
In 2019, the best new public spaces – or rather the seemingly most flocked to, most vibrant, most talked about public space in London – isn’t public at all. Rather, it’s a POPS – a privately owned public space, run by the neighbourhood developer Argent. It’s called Granary Square, and it’s slap bang in the middle of London, the very heart of the new Kings Cross. Join us as we discuss the future of London's public realm.
Sarah Gaventa, founder of Made Public, director of the Illuminated River Foundation
Ken Worpole, writer and social historian, senior professor at The Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University
34 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2RS @ 6.30pm - 8.30pm
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
Click here to see the Citymaking Sessions 2019 video
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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