EVENT REVIEW: RTPI London’s “Kaleidoscopic” centenary celebrations – 30th January 2014

On Thursday 30 January 2014 Colliers International opened their doors for the commencement of RTPI London’s centenary events programme alongside the launch of the eagerly anticipated book Kaleidoscope City – Reflections on Planning & London – a collaborative project between Colliers and RTPI London edited by Colliers and RTPI London’s  own Jonathan Manns. The book brings together short, accessible and engaging opinions from leading practitioners and theorists in the built environment and can be downloaded in Kindle edition from Amazon.

Planners from across the capital and further afield descended on the George Street office fuelled by a generous selection of delicious canapés, against a backdrop of huge posters of psychedelic book covers and fetching “RTPI London” balloons.

After a warm welcome and introduction from Professor Gavin Parker, Director of Professional Standards for the RTPI and Tony Aitken, National Head of Planning for Colliers, past RTPI London Chair Rob Krzyszowski grabbed the opportunity to highlight the exciting programme of centenary events planned for 2014, and impressively managed to keep the audience entertained with amusing observations based on his interest in historic use class orders! The Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning for London, Sir Edward Lister, extolled the recent rise in popularity of the profession (albeit perhaps by default given the demise in reputation of others!) and was particularly keen to echo the Mayor’s appreciation of work by current planners in shaping the Capital.

Jonathan Manns introduced his work to the crowd, thanking the contributors and offering an explanation of his ethos behind the collection – an accessible insight into relevant planning issues facing London that a reader can “dip in and out of”. Interspersed with a few quips of his own; “the world’s most boring best man speech” it most certainly was not Jon! The introductions were followed by a pleasant evening of networking.

Overall, a huge success which would not have been possible without the help of Rachel Hart, Tara King, Emma Kaczmar and Claudia Cronshow from Colliers International; Tom Venables, AECOM for his input into the book’s conception and structure; Lucy Barton, RTPI London for Liaising with the editorial team on behalf of the RTPI and of course, Jonathan Manns for visioning, shaping and editing the collection.

So the bar for 2014 is set, and it’s been set high. RTPI London looks forward to a celebrating the RTPI’s 100 year anniversary with its Centenary Partners;  Colliers International, AECOM, NLA, KDH Associates, URS Corporation, Atkins Global and Transport For London.

We look forward to welcoming you our next event, sponsored by AECOM; Abercrombie +70 on Wednesday 5th of February at the NLA.

HARRY BURCHILL

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