Urban Design Public Lecture Series launches with high profile event

Monday 18 February 2008 7.30PM


Town Hall Birmingham, originally built in 1834 as a result of a petition from city rate payers, hosts a thought provoking talk on the identity of place and how the UK’s second city can move forward from the planning and designs of the 1960’s.

The Urban Design Public Lecture Series 2008 takes place at the restored Birmingham landmark on 18 February, and will be introduced by Hannah Vowles, head of Birmingham School of Architecture and led by Sunand Prasad, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The first in a series of high profile lectures, Cities, People and Places will discuss how communities and designers can work together to achieve sustainable place making in the future and bring further value to quality of life in the city.

Planning in a modern city like Birmingham is often a matter of undoing the designs of the recent past. The concept of ?place? has emerged to replace the functional design approaches of the past when the ring road and the motorway reigned supreme – the need to involve all communities, age groups and abilities in the make up of the built environment has become ever more apparent.

A Q & A session chaired by acclaimed architect Glenn Howells follows the lecture to give professionals and people with a passion for the future of our cities an opportunity to discuss thoughts around these issues.

The event is a partnership between MADE, Birmingham City University and Town Hall Birmingham and is sponsored by Atkins.

MADE is the regional architecture centre in the West Midlands, supporting and promoting excellence in the designed environment: architecture, public spaces and urban design working together to make better places for people.

Birmingham City University is a large, diverse, historic provider of higher and further education for the people of Birmingham and beyond. Local, regional, national and international partners play a key role in much of the university?s work.

Atkins – Atkins is a multinational engineering and design consultancy, providing expertise to help resolve complex challenges presented by the built and natural environment.

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