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RTPI Commonwealth Summit Lecture

               Sir Terry Farrell

City making: the work of many hands

         16 April  |  £15  |  6.30pm  | UCL



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From the 16 – 20 April 2018, world leaders will congregate in London for the Commonwealth Summit. To coincide with the Summit, on Monday 16 April, RTPI's most recent Gold Medal winner, Sir Terry Farrell, will give the RTPI Commonwealth Summit Lecture, 'City making: the work of many hands'.


City making is the biggest business of the 21st Century across the globe and urban planning has a critical role to play. There is a huge demand for the very particular skill sets required, and in particular for creative, collaborative and proactive planning.


Sir Terry Farrell said: "Being awarded the RTPI Gold Medal has made me reflect on the state of our profession. The disaggregation of the public, private and voluntary sectors in the face of complexity had the most enduring negative impact. They see themselves in opposition, with the Town and Country Planning Act providing the rules of engagement. I have spent most of my life trying to bridge these enemy camps, to bring them together with a shared understanding of the best way forward rather than increasingly entrenched positions amplified by architects and conservationists arguing equally evangelical arguments. The world we live in is a complex one and these binary arguments are not fit for purpose. We are facing huge challenges like population growth, climate change, food security and a crisis of affordability in our cities which need creative and collaborative planning and joint leadership from all sectors."


Tickets are £15 including VAT and a networking drinks reception. Registration starts at 6:30pm at University College London.


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Sir Terry Farrell

For more details on Sir Terry Farrell's gold medal, please take a look at our news story.


Event Programme

  • 6:30pm – Registration
  • 7:00pm – Lecture commences
  • 8:15pm – Q&A and closing remarks
  • 8:30pm – Networking drinks reception in the South Cloisters
  • 9:30pm – Event close


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Thank you to our sponsor Wei Yang + Partners

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Wei Yang & Partners is an award-winning urban design and master planning practice driven by a commitment to shape more sustainable and liveable cities. The vision of the practice is to engage enlightened clients and communities in making decisions which optimise economic growth, encourage social integration and deliver high environmental standards, to create communities that last for generations through design excellence. Through innovative collaborations with international multi-disciplinary partners, Wei Yang & Partners deliver integrated master planning solutions and promote best practice worldwide.

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