This House Believes that We Don't Need Big Planning to Transform the City
Tuesday 07 May 2013
Big City Plans vs Non-Planning & Interventions
Daniel Burnham, architect and driving force behind the plan of Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, once said:
“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized”.
The history of planning over the last 200 years, from industrialisation through modernism and into the age of rapid urbanisation has left both positive and negative legacies. Big urban plans have all-to-often claimed to be the cure to a range of problems – economic, social and environmental – but in a world where our cities are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic, are big plans irrelevant the day they leave the drawing board?
This house believes that the 21st century city will see the end of big plans, they won’t be able to keep up with the pace of change and we will need to find new ways to design and deliver responsive and flexible urban environments: ones which grow organically to suit a transient and demanding population attempting to deal with unprecedented social and environmental challenges. If so, how can we ensure that a series of more modest ideas and interventions are somehow connected by a wider vision or narrative to make sure we are still developing our cities with a sense of their past, their identity? Is this even necessary?
Kelvin Campbell (Uban Initiatives / Smart Urbanism)
Cany Ash (Ash Sakula)
Joe Montgomery (CEO Urban Land Institute)
Colin Haylock (Mayor’s Design Advisory Group / Immediate Past President RTPI)
Chair – David West (Studio Egret West)
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Tuesday 07 May 2013 6.00pm
Tuesday 07 May 2013 8.00pm
Wren Room / RIBA
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