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Urban design excellence and the public realm

Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 6:15PM - 9:00PM
University of Westminster, Robin Evans Room, 4th Floor, 35 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LS, UK
RTPI London

RTPI London and the Urban design network are pleased to present an evening which will explore the multi-disciplinary nature of Urban Design.  During the evening we will ask:

  “What does “excellence” in the public realm look and feel like?”



  • Harry Burchill (RTPI) Chair
  • Susannah Hagan (University of Westminster School of Architecture)– observations on designing public space -  London and Sao Paulo
  • Marion Roberts (University of Westminster School of Planning) –Urban Design Principles, what makes a good public space?
  • Douglas Inglis (LDS) – Principles in practice – Barking Riverside
  • Tom Venables (Aecom) Green Infrastructure and Public Space
  • Joe Wheelwright (Arup) Reflections in practice, Earls Court
  • Refreshments and networking

Registration starts at 6.15pm - presentations will begin at 6.30pm.

Open to students of planning and architecture and RTPI London’s young planners. This stimulating event aims to bring together two disciplines to engage in an area where their work most commonly overlaps. This seminar will present the principles of the public realm and will hear about stimulating research on public space, comparing London and Sao Paolo to innovations such as incorporating Green Infrastructure into Master Plans.  Students and practitioners will have the opportunity to explore their roles in creating great places as well as picking up some practical lessons from practitioners about contemporary projects local to them, like Barking riverside and Earls Court. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A with further opportunities for discussion over refreshments.