This House Believes that the Future of the High Street is Online
Thursday 04 October 2012
Virtual arenas will make our High Streets redundant as forums for both trade and social interaction.
High Streets have long been the focal point of communities; the civic, social, economic and political heartbeat of towns across the country. A combination of economic and planning policies coupled with shifting social attitudes has seen many High Streets deteriorate and undermine the communities they once brought together. The Government has recently commissioned research – the Portas Review – to explore a modern business model for the future of the high street, but is this a futile exercise? Has society shifted to a point that consumption of products and networks of community will exist mainly in a virtual domain utilising modern technological advances? Is the Portas review merely romanticising and old urban form that is unsustainable in this globalised, information age?
Join us for a drink from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Peter Drummond – Cheif Exec BDP and President BCSC
Euan Mills – Urban Designer leading Chatsworth Road Neighbourhood Plan
Anne-Marie Laing – Partner at Zolfo Cooper, financial advice experts in retail and technology sectors
Hugh Flouch – Networked Neighbourhoods
Chair – Dickon Robinson
Read a review of this event on the RIBA Blog
Thursday 04 October 2012 6.30pm
Thursday 04 October 2012 8.30pm
BDP Hub in Clerkenwell
This event is free but booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place