Whether it is lessons to learn or mistakes to avoid, there is something for everyone, everywhere at this year’s National Urban Design Conference.
Day 1 Thursday 6th October
9.30 - 11.00 - Freee Conference Fringe Event - Tickets available separately
This free sesion features ten 6 minute presentations from Exhibitors and thought leaders.
11.00 for 11.30 - Formal start of conference
Growth and Transport Infrastructure - London and the Regions
Despite decades of campaigning, transport planning, land use planning, regeneration and growth are as far apart as ever. Day 1 of the conference looks at the measures that can be taken to bring them together to achieve sustainable and financially viable urban design.
Speakers will cover the role of national policy and strategic investment, right down to local public transport systems, and the potential for basing new development around new or recommissioned infrastructure. The conference will provide practical lessons on how to plan, design and fund integrated development, including transport interchanges that provide a focus for communities.
Conference Dinner - Guest speaker - Amanda Clack, President RICS
Day 2 Friday 7th October
Learning from London
The second day of the conference looks at the many different initiatives, experiments, changes and trends that have been seen in London over the past 30 years; the success, failures and hard earned lessons.
Governance - the changes in leadership and government structure have influenced London’s development.
Employment – how the economy is changing and how the design of cities and neighbourhoods will need to adapt in the future.
Movement – whether London’s cycling experiment should be repeated nationally, how movement is best incorporated into urban design thinking, and how best to create transport interchanges that can act as economic and social hubs, rather than single function dead-spaces.
Coping with growth – the advantages and disadvantages of building taller, intensifying the suburbs or expanding into the green belt.
Housing – including the options for renewing council housing estates, trying new models of housing, and the contribution that can be made by volume housebuilders.
Public realm – looking at the range of schemes from prestige sites, to improvements in small everyday locations that can help improve the quality of people’s lives.
About the conference
The conference is non-profit making. Its objective is to promote the public good. It is organised on a pro-bono basis by members of the Urban Design Group, RICS, Academy of Urbanism, Institution of Civil Engineers, Landscape Institute, Academy of Urbanism, RSA.
Delegates who are members of these institutions are warmly invited to attend at the member rate.