Talks & Events

Our events and debates cover pressing topics about our city, from discussing sustainable city making, to debating whether we should be building on the green belt.

2019 Talk with Margaret Howell

Join us for a debate on privately owned public spaces with Sarah Gaventa, Founder of Made Public. Director of the Illuminated River Foundation. Hosted by Margaret Howell.
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Date: 2 October 2019
Location: 34 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2RS

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Summer 2018 talk with Margaret Howell

Kicking up a Stink – confronting London’s problem with rubbish

As we wake up to the challenge of responsibly managing our rubbish we ask: Can London ever be a zero waste city? What revolutionary system will pave the way to a rubbish-free future? Can we rival Joseph Bazalgette’s ‘Great Stink’ sewers? Join us as we discuss this fascinating topic with our panel of architects, historians, journalists and scientists.

Vicky Richardson – writer and curator

Dr George McGavin – BBC presenter of The Secret Life of Landfill: a rubbish history
Biba Dow – Director at Dow Jones Architects - authors of the award winning strategic report Rubbish In, Resources Out
Hazel Forsyth – Historian at the Museum of London, curator of the Junk exhibition

The event will take place Oct 10th.
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Green Belt Debate 2017 Talk

In May 2017, Open City and Margaret Howell were proud to host a provocative - and factual - debate on the merits or otherwise of building on the Green Belt in the age of London’s housing crisis. Will London really build on its cherished Green Belt? Does it need to? What does the green belt look like anyway?
For: Rowan Moore, architecture critic for the Observer
Against: Neil Sinden, director of CPRE London