Capita Property and Infrastructure is sponsoring a series of keynote lectures with UCL’s (University College London) Bartlett School of Planning - a world centre for learning and research about the form, planning, design and management of cities.
The first lecture, by Prof. Peter Rees, CBE, is entitled ‘The World’s Greatest Unplanned City’ and takes place from 6pm-8pm on Thursday 29th October.
London has little appetite for planning. Apart from the interventions of the landed gentry and Victorian engineers, planning left London with the Romans. As a Londoner, I relish this untrammelled landscape of change; as the City's Chief Planner for nearly 3 decades, I’m not so sure. After the "Great Fire", the "Blitz" and the "Big Bang” the City re-emerged stronger, without a plan. Can it survive the current tidal wave of loose global capital and an uncontrolled boom in residential property for investment?
About the Speaker:
As City Planning Officer for the City of London, Peter led the planning and regeneration of this world business and financial centre from 1985 to 2014. He lectures throughout the world and makes frequent media appearances on urban planning and design topics. Peter is a founder member and director of the British Council for Offices and received their President’s Award in 2003 for “presiding over one of the most extensive periods of redevelopment in the City’s long history”.
In 2012 he was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, for his services to architecture and was the subject of a BBC profile on the “The Culture Show”. In 2013 Peter delivered the opening presentations at the CTBUH International Conference, “Height and Heritage”, held in the City of London and at the IACIE Convention in Tel Aviv. He received the 2013 Estates Gazette Award for the Outstanding Contribution to Property, is included in “The Debrett’s 500” list of the most inspiring and influential people in Britain today and holds Honorary Membership of the Architectural Association.
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