Debates and events

Reshaping London

From grand infrastructure projects to politics, Britain is experiencing change at a scale that comes just once in a generation. The policy orientated talk series explored the drivers behind recent and future development and how they are reshaping our cities and public spaces - from new railways, Olympic legacy, subversive tactics in public realm and meanwhile uses.

Produced in partnership with Design for London

The New Age of the Rail: is the train key to our future vision of place?

Tuesday 31 May 6.30pm - 8pm, RIBA 66 Portland Place London

  • Can railways once again provide a new strategic purpose?
  • Is rail the opportunity to re-think the design of our cities and our economy?
  • Are our planners, engineers and architects talking to each other on this enough?

Chaired by Peter Bill - Columnist at the Evening Standard & Estates Gazette with: 

  • Sir Peter Hall - Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration
  • Professor Dr. Andrew McNaughton - Chief Engineer, High Speed Two
  • Chris Williamson - Weston Williamson Architects
  • John Harding - Lead Architect for Crossrail
  • Alex Jan - Director of Transaction ARUP

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After the Party: what will be the true legacy of the London games?

Tuesday 7 June 6.30pm - 8pm, RIBA 66 Portland Place London

  • What lessons have the Games taught us about regeneration and community?
  • Who really stands to benefit from the biggest infrastructure investment in London for a generation?
  • How will existing communities have changed after the Games?

Chaired by Dickon Robinson of Building Futures with contributions from:

  • Bob Allies - Allies & Morrison
  • Peter Neal - formerly at CABE 
  • Hadrian Garrard - Create London
  • Eleanor Fawcett - OPLC and
  • Austin Williams - Future City Project

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A Better Outside: Could subversive tactics bring public spaces back to life?

Tuesday 21 June 6.30pm - 8pm RIBA 66 Portland Place London 

  • With looming budget cuts and an increasing tendency towards security and behavioural controls, is the vitality of our spaces under threat?
  • Do we need to relax our attitudes and planning controls to re-invigorate city space in the face of corporate and budgetary stalemate?
  • Are we in a better position than we were 20 years ago?

Chaired by Mark Brearley - Head of Design for London with contributions from:

  • Martha Schwartz - Martha Schwartz Partners
  • Peter Heath - Atkins Global
  • Ben Plowden - Director Better Routes & Places TfL
  • Julian Lewis - East Architecture and landscape
  • Richard Reynolds - Founder of

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A flourish of Meanwhiles: Do ‘pop ups’ offer real long term possibilities?

Tuesday 28 June 6.30pm - 8.30pm RIBA 66 Portland Place London

  • Can the development community take meanwhiles seriously?
  • Could these provocations provide solutions for real community and social enterprise?
  • Is a flourish of meanwhiles key to mixed use development and can they be made more than just temporary fun?

Chaired by Lucy Musgrave - Founder of Publica and with contributions from:

  • Indy Johar - 00/: (ZeroZero)
  • Klaus Overmeyer - Studio UC Klaus Overmeyer
  • Matthew Lloyd - Matthew Lloyd Architects
  • Simone Rots - Crimson Architectural Historians
  • Dougald Hine - Founder of Space Makers  
  • Tobias Goevert - Principal Designer, Design for London

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