Save the dates! RTPI Centenary Series Launched

RTPI London is seeking to use the 2014 RTPI Centenary to reflect on the past, but also look to the future. During 2014 we will be seeking to put forward our ideas on how the future of London should be planned for, and the role that planners must play. We want to build RTPI’s reputation as thought-leaders and influencers amongst our peers and politicians in London and we see this series as a great vehicle to do this. The series will cover a number of major current issues, but in particular the need for strategic planning beyond the boundaries of London, the housing crisis, London as a global city, transport and connectivity and urban resilience.

On the 30th January we will be launching our Centenary book “Kaleidoscope City”, prepared by RTPI London Committee member Jonathan Manns and including essays on the past present and future of planning in London by some of the highest profile planners working in the Capital.

2014 also marks the 70th Anniversary of Sir Patrick Abercrombie’s 1944 Greater London Plan. This had profound implications on the growth of London and the South East throughout the second half of the 20th Century and is something a number of parties are calling for in 2014.

2014 is an important year for planning in London. The housing crisis in the capital is already at the top of the political agenda and is being widely reported in the media. Major infrastructure is also getting high profile attention, in particular airport expansion, HS2, Thames Sewer and Crossrail. 2014 will see a review of the London Plan, and potential Mayoral Candidates putting themselves forward, all likely to be focusing on housing and planning issues as an electoral issue.

Our Centenary Series will focus on a different theme every month. Each month we will host a free/low cost seminar, culminating in our “Future City” day-long event at the Siemens Crystal in October (round 2 of the president’s visit). Our themes are as follows:

January  -– 100 Years of Professional Planning in London – launch of our centenary book   Kaleidoscope City featuring essays from top planning practitioners. Kindly sponsored by Colliers. BOOK HERE

February -– Abercrombie +70  –  70 years after the publication of the 1944 Abercrombie Plan we will be hosting an evening looking at how it shaped the city and discussing whether it is time for a new Abercrombie Plan. Sponsored by AECOM.

March – Connected City – TfL will host an evening event looking at the importance of transport in planning for London and looking at how we will move around the city in the future. Further tours and fringe events will be held in March investigating connectivity and movement around London.

April – Commercial City – Planning for economy, retail, town centres and business. How we will plan to ensure London retains its status as a global commercial leader.

May – Liveable City – Planning for people: housing, community facilities, living environment. How can we plan our way out of the Capital’s housing crisis?

June – Vertical City vs. Historic City – Discussing density, tall buildings and implications for heritage and environment. How tall will London be 100 years from now? We will host a seminar with the NLA to debate and discuss this major planning issue.

July – Cycle City  – Cycling is becoming more popular in the city, although the revolution is being tarnished by safety concerns. How can we plan to make space for cycling in the century ahead?

August – Green City – London has some of the finest green spaces and parks of any capital city in Europe. With a rising population how can we make sure we keep this reputation. How can green infrastructure play a role in ensuring a resilient future for the capital?

September – Resilient City – The century ahead will see the Capital’s planners address some serious challenges and threats including Climate change, energy and utility requirements. What should planners be doing to ensure we are creating a resilient city that meets the needs of a growing population?

Thursday 23rd October – Future City – Siemens Crystal – The culmination of our centenary series – a daylong event to debate how we should be planning for the Capital over the next 100 years.

We are also looking for sponsorship through our RTPI London Centenary Partners. For more information please contact Lucy Barton.

Partners so far confirmed include the NLA, TfL, AECOM, Atkins, URS, Colliers and KDH Associates.

Further details is set out in the postal mailout sent to all RTPI London members in January.

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