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Planning the Post-Pandemic City Online Lecture Series

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This lecture series explores how we can re-imagine our post-pandemic cities to be more inclusive, green and liveable.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and magnified issues of urban inequality and environmental justice. Quarantine measures and the shut down of city centres have highlighted the extent to which urban land is dominated by road and car parking infrastructure. In many places, air quality has improved, nature has become more prominent and neighbours are starting to speak for the first time. This online lecture series organised by the Planning Society at Queen's University Belfast, will explore, through comparative practice, how planning can reimagine our cities to enhance well-being through creating more vibrant, sustainable and biodiverse places.

21st October 2020 at 15.00 BST+1

Professor Colin Ellard - "Our Universal Attraction to Vitality: Some Implications of COVID-19"

Colin Ellard is a professor of psychology, specializing in cognitive neuroscience, at the University of Waterloo in Canada. After spending the early part of his career working on basic problems in visual neuroscience related to spatial function in animals, he later turned his attention to exploration of the human relationship with built settings. He is particularly interested in understanding the emotional effects of architectural settings, which he explores in both field settings and in synthetic environments using immersive virtual reality. Ellard’s current projects include exploration of the contribution of peripheral vision to architectural atmosphere, architectural contributions to the emotion of awe, and physiological stress in high-density urban environments.

In addition to his scientific contributions, Ellard is an active participant in the public discussion of the importance of architectural design and urban planning to mental health and wellbeing. He gives frequent keynote lectures to promote this perspective and he publishes books and articles targeted to a general audience. His most recent book, Places of the Heart, describes the relationship between built and natural spaces and human thought and emotion.Ellard is a founding member of the Waterloo Games Institute, and Waterloo Architecture’s Living Architecture Systems Group. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Ellard received his BSc in psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and his doctorate at Western University.

2nd December 2020 at 15.00 BST+1

Chris Kane - "Where is my Office? Re-imagining the Workplace for the 21st Century"

In the modern age of remote working and flexible work hours, why have most office spaces remained relatively unchanged for decades? With the rise of agile working, hot-desking and new technological innovations, the traditional office space no longer serves the needs of the modern workforce. In this lecture, Chris Kane will draw upon his extensive knowledge and experience in commercial property to investigate the new-found significance of innovative corporate real estate, using his ground-breaking ‘Smart Value’ formula.

Chris Kane has worked in the Corporate Real Estate sector for over 30 years, having operated as the Vice President of International Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company, before acting as Head of Corporate Real Estate at the BBC, where he was responsible for the creation of MediaCityUK in Salford and oversaw the £1bn development of Broadcasting House.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a founding member and director of Six Ideas, a global consultancy focused on workplace development and innovation. He sits on the editorial board of the Corporate Real Estate Journal, and is also a regular contributor to the LEADER magazine.

Any questions can be forwarded to Dr Neil Galway - n.galway@qub.ac.uk

Image credit: Niall Patrick Walsh - @niallpwalsh

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