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Just a quick post to promote an event I am organising with a fellow Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, Colin Lorne – Collaborative Urbanism: Birmingham.

The idea behind it is very simple: to create a network for the discussion of urban issues, between individuals and organisations who do not typically come together; practitioners and built environment professionals, academics from different fields of study, and diverse interest groups from outside of these traditional disciplines.

We’ve been very fortunate to secure the funding to host the launch event at MADE, Birmingham on 14 June 2012 – 4-6pm. Similarly, we are delighted by the quality of speakers who have agreed to participate (all of whom were very much our first choices) and the many offers of support that we have received since we first mooted the idea.

Please see below for further details, and I look forward to seeing people there!


The Future of Urban Development in the UK: A Multi-Disciplinary Discussion

14th June 2012 – MADE, Birmingham

Speakers for the event:

  • Nick Ebbs – Chief Executive of Blueprint (Igloo), undertaking sustainable mixed-use urban regeneration in the East Midlands
  • Mike Raco – Professor at UCL, interested in urban governance, sustainable cities, and the changing nature of welfare states
  • Charles Holland – Architect and Director of FAT Architecture, internationally renowned for their innovative and challenging projects in architecture, cities and design

The future for British cities is uncertain. With the urban renaissance now a distant memory, there is an absence of clear direction for new urban development. Against a backdrop of austerity and recession, NPPF and Localism, this event seeks to consider the future of cities and how we can generate new forms of urban development. What opportunities and possibilities for change, re-use and renewal might be possible? With growth being an overriding agenda for the UK, what impact does this have upon issues of sustainability and good design? With this in mind, this will be the first event in a series which emphasises collaboration between stakeholders interested in the urban setting, and brings together a network of practitioners and researchers into an open, relaxed environment. It will draw upon issues of design, governance, regeneration, sustainability and resilience.

Date: Thursday 14th June

Time: 3.45-6pm (with drinks next door following the event)

Location: MADE, 7 Newhall Square, Birmingham, B3 1RY (Map)

Cost: This event is free to attend, but please confirm via stubmatic:

Refreshments will be provided and drinks will take place at a nearby pub following the event

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This Collaborative Urbanism network event is funded by the University of Birmingham and kindly hosted at MADE, Birmingham.