UCL Future Cities

Bloomsbury Studio
1st Oct 2021
Free Event

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A new park in the sky – Camden Highline – is launching soon. How will it change Camden, and what can we learn from New York’s High Line?

Join a fascinating debate with the Dean of The Bartlett, Christoph Lindner, editor of Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park, Simon Pitkeathley, CEO of Camden Town Unlimited and the Camden Highline, and Jodie Eastwood, CEO of London’s Knowledge Quarter.

We’ll explore learnings from the New York High Line, and the impact this famous park has had on the city and people of New York.

We’ll ask how the ‘High Line effect’ might shape the future of Camden, and whether tourism, gentrification and investment can or will benefit the local community.

Through an interactive Q&A with the speakers, you’ll have a chance to ask your questions and join the debate.

This event will be recorded as a LIVE episode in UCL’s Future Cities podcast series, which explores the complexity of urban living and examines today’s most crucial topics – across technology, climate change, health and society – and how these will shape the urban spaces of tomorrow.

Event attendees will not be filmed or recorded during the event, or as part of the podcast. Any questions you type through the Q&A during the event may be read out by a member of the event team and included in the podcast episode.

About the speakers:

· Christoph Lindner is Professor of Urban Studies and Dean of The Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment, at University College London (UCL). He is an urban and cultural theorist, and his work spans the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park and Aesthetics of Gentrification: Seductive Spaces and Exclusive Communities in the Neoliberal City.

· Simon Pitkeathley has been CEO of the multi-award winning Camden Town Unlimited since 2007. As well as being CEO of Camden Collective, Euston Town, Camden Highline and Alternative Camden, he is also the Co-Chair of Cross River Partnership and Chair of Camden Giving. Simon sits on the London Enterprise Action Partnership (LEAP) and is its Champion for Small Business.

· Jodie Eastwood is the CEO of London’s Knowledge Quarter, a consortium of knowledge creators within a one-mile radius of Kings Cross. As a gateway to knowledge of every kind, the Knowledge Quarter opens doors for visitors, students, researchers and people who live and work in Camden. She has worked with the

Knowledge economy for the past 18 years, with roles at the British Library, Creativeworks London, Queen Mary University, London Metropolitan University and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


This event is a part of the Bartlett Together Festival 2021 and open to UCL staff, students and members of the public. We will be streaming this event live through Zoom. Please ensure you download Zoom and create an account prior to the event.

In addition to joining this event online, we also have a limited number of tickets for in-person attendees to join us at the Bloomsbury Theatre Studio. Please could we ask you to register for in-person tickets if you can commit to attending the event on the day.

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