London's skyline is about to be
radically transformed. The proposed plans for over 230 tall buildings over the
next decade mean local councils will have to deliver new homes at a scale not
seen since the 1930s.
London South Bank University (LSBU) will
host a free public debate on Thursday 19 February where industry-leading
speakers and an audience of built environment professionals will ask if the
high-rise future is the right one for our city and its people, and shouldn't
the capital's citizens have a say in the City of London's vision?
The debate – hosted by the LSBU
Alumni Association and its Built Environment Professionals Chapter – features
the following panellists:
Peter Rees CBE: Professor of Places & City Planning (UCL) and former Chief Planner for the City of London
Hailed as the man who built the city,
Peter Rees spent nearly three decades as Chief Planner for the City of London.
Since graduating from LSBU in 1982, Peter's career has seen him oversee the
dramatic transformation of the Square Mile including the addition of the
Cheesegrater, Walkie-Talkie and Heron Tower to the London skyline. In 2014, he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Science by LSBU.
Paul Finch OBE: Programme Director (World Architecture Festival) and Editorial Director (Architects' Journal/Architectural Review)
Paul has more than 40 years'
experience as a Journalist and is a former Chair of the Commission for
Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), having also chaired the 2012
London Olympics design review panel.
Mary Jane Rooney: Director of Architecture, School of the Built Environment and Architecture (LSBU)
An architect and urban designer who
has studied and worked across Europe, Mary Jane Rooney is an experienced
academic and programme leader. She is particularly interested in the impact
architecture and design can have across the different scales of the city. She
has led design projects in Peckham, Burgess Park, the Heygate and Liverpool
Street and contributed as a member of the Southwark design Review Panel.
Date: Thursday 19 February 2015
Time: 18:00 – 20:30 (including refreshments