VIRTUAL EVENT: Urban Rooms: How Stories of Place Can Unlock Engagement and Research
17 November 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Urban rooms carry lessons for imagining how universities, governments, and community groups may come together.
This event is free.
About the lecture:
Genuine engagement about how best to achieve liveable urban futures should be part of planning’s raison-d’etre but it has a chequered history of delivery. Exhibitions harnessing the communicative power of mixed media and linked to a progressive and responsive programme of focused discussion and debate remain relevant to community consultation and civic engagement. Terry Farrell’s concept of the ‘urban room’ to involve citizens in engaging with the past, present, and future of towns and cities offers a contemporary refreshment of the approach propounded by Patrick Geddes from the early 1900s. The possibilities of creating novel and compelling opportunities for civic discourse in this guise are explored though the Newcastle City Futures pop-up exhibition and events held in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 2014. Urban rooms carry lessons for imagining how universities, governments, and community groups may come together to critically and creatively forge future propositions for the urban condition.
About the Speaker
Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones
Professor of Cities and Regions at Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL
Mark is UCL Bartlett Professor of Cities and Regions at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. The author of 20 books, his specialist fields are urban and regional planning, future cities, public engagement and local democracy, digital planning, and urban history. He is a former UK government advisor on planning and housing issues and has been a visiting professor at Berkeley, Sydney, Guadalajara, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Pretoria, Dublin, and Nijmegen.