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?

 

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Header image: Bold Tendencies © Cooke Fawcett Architects & Peter Landers photography

Privately Owned Public Spaces: debating London's 'public' realm. 
3rd 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.

Speakers include:

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

 

When?
3rd Oct 18:30 - 20:30

Where? 
Margaret Howell
34 Wigmore Street
London W1U 2RS

 

For more information and to book a place click here 

 

Inaugural Event: A one day convention 27 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. 

 

 See the full programme here 

 

 

To see the June 2019 Citymaking Sessions video, click here 

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A superb first symposium and I look forward to more to come over the years!

Sharmaine Lovegrove,

founder & publisher of Dialogue Books

A wonderful venue and a great line-up

Nick Searl,

partner, Argent

A continuous journey mixing leftfield and pragmatic citymaking ideas

Peter Griffiths,

city strategist, ING

At times the Citymaking Sessions felt more like a happening rather than a conference.

Will Wiles,

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.

Lisa Jones,

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

Julian Tollast,

head of master planning and design, Quintain and t

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