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Public Spaces and the Role of the Designer:
A Symposium for Practitioners

June 20, 2017

This symposium is part of a research collaboration between University of Westminster and the University of São Paulo, Brazil, funded by the AHRCUK and FAPESP respectively. Over the three years of the project we have looked at eight London case studies, four from the mid-20th century and four contemporary ones.

London Modernist case studies:

British Library forecourt
Economist Plaza
Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
South Bank Arts Centre walkway system

London contemporary case studies:

Barking Town Hall Square
Croydon Master Plans, Croydon Mayoral Opportunity Area Framework
Granary Square, King’s Cross Central
Westfield London atrium, Shepherd’s Bush

Both the project and the symposium examine the often ignored importance of design and designers in the production of (civic) public spaces. Both address the role of the architect in London during the mid-20th century, and the much more complex present, with a view to understanding possible futures for architects, urban and landscape designers, planners and politicians in this very important area of design. Unlike many academic conferences, this event – its structure and speakers – has been designed to engage with the realities of contemporary practice.

 

Symposium programme