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The Planner Live Online: How to Build a Town Square and the Implications of Covid-19 on Public Space Design

01 July 2020 at 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM / South West England / Online

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01 July 2020 at 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
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A town square is a piece of architecture that supports the life of a town. If roads and streets are its arteries, then squares and plazas are at the heart of the town. The Cornhill (or town pump) area is arguably Dorchester's equivalent to a town square. It has often been a central meeting point for markets, festivals, and parades. But over recent years Cornhill has become a lesser version of what it once was and appears cluttered and rather neglected. Through this project, the team from Bournemouth-based design studio Feria Urbanism intend to restore Cornhill so it can once again become the proud heart of the town. This lunchtime talk will explore the design process of a public realm project currently in progress and will investigate the social-distancing requirements of a Covid-19 world.


Feria Urbanism is an award-winning design studio with specialisms in neighbourhood planning, civic design, urban strategies and design training. This combination of expertise allows our team to address contemporary place-making challenges in positive and practical ways.

Richard Eastham is an urban designer and urban planner with extensive experience in the preparation of design strategies and development frameworks. He has particular expertise in engaging with local communities to help shape and influence emerging spatial strategies. He is a visiting tutor on the architecture course at Arts University Bournemouth and a teaching fellow at the University of Southampton.

Jennie Savage is a public artist, teacher and communicator, and has been working across the UK and internationally for over twenty years. Her extensive experience of developing public art, both through community engagement projects and permanent sculptures, has given her significant insight into urban developments and how communities think.

Please book your place and you will be sent a link for the webinar.

This webinar forms part of our RTPI Online series and is brought to you by RTPI Dorset Young Planners