UCL Urban Laboratory


New London Vernacular/Urban Qualities

26 April 2017, 2:00 pm–6:30 pm

Old Oak Park

Event Information

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Room G.12, The Bartlett, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB

One of the challenges of London's real-estate led urban development model is to build new urban places with good qualities within the current financial and institutional envelope; architects, planners, practitioners and communities all grapple with this.

This event brings together practitioners, scholars and community members to look at how responses to these challenges are emerging in new urban places across the city and to consider ideas for enabling better urban outcomes. We take as a starting point plans for what is to be potentially one of the largest new urban developments in the UK, the site of one of the first Mayoral Development Corporations at Old Oak Park Royal.


Panel on "Urban Qualities"

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Lee Polisano, RIBA FAIA - "Pioneering Urbanity in an Expanding Capital"

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14.00 - 15.30: Panel on "Urban Qualities" with a presentation by Simon Kretz (Lecturer for Urban Design, ETHZ School of Architecture; Salewski and Kretz Architekten), plus discussant Patrick Weber (Director for Exhibitions and Urban Design MArch at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Director, storpweber architects) and respondent Christian Schmid (Professor of Sociology, ETHZ School of Architecture).

15.30 - 17.00: Plenary lecture "Pioneering Urbanity in an Expanding Capital" by Lee Polisano, RIBA FAIA (President, PLP Architecture; lead on the masterplanning for Old Oak Park), with discussant Peter Bishop (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; former head, 'Design for London'; Director, Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners)

17.00 - 18.30: Drinks reception and exhibition of plans and designs for Old Oak Park Royal and Book Launch of Urbane Qualitäten: Ein Handbuch am Beispiel der Metropolitanregion Zürich.

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In addition to the public programme, there will be small lunchtime workshops on community voices in urban planning and design and balancing the priorities in urban development. Taking place from 12-2pm, please register your interest for these with Katia Attuyer (K.Attuyer@ucl.ac.uk).

This event is part of a wider ESRC-funded research project, Governing the Future City: A comparative analysis of governance innovations in large scale urban developments in Shanghai, London, Johannesburg. The event is open to the public, and will be of particular interest to London-based practitioners, planners and community groups, and all those engaged in the planning and design process.

Event organised by Professor Jennifer Robinson and Dr Katia Attuyer. With thanks to the ESRC, UCL Geography and PLP/Architecture.

The rooms used during the event are fully accessible to wheelchair users. If you have any other accessibility queries, please contact urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk.