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Changing Spaces - Sustaining good design and creative intervention in London’s public realm

Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 10am-5pm

Changing Spaces - Sustaining good design and creative intervention in London’s public realm

A joint conference by Open-City and the London Borough of Enfield
Tuesday 22 May, 10am-5pm
Toynbee Hall 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS

Nearest tube: Aldgate East. Mainline station: Liverpool Street. No parking available.

Speakers include Beatrice Galilee, Curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and Isabel Vasseur, Director, Art Office art commissioning consultancy, with an introduction by Victoria Thornton, OBE Founding Director, Open-City.

Public spaces are what make cities work – they are the fabric of urban life, where people meet, talk, eat and drink or simply walk through. Well designed public realm, particularly where it is enriched with cultural activity is essential for cities like London to thrive.

London’s public realm is going through an unprecedented process of change with the focus in east London on the 2012 Olympic Games, and other major developments in the Lea Valley corridor and North London. With a challenging economic environment, and growing role for the private sector, this conference examines how well designed, environmentally sensitive, and culturally rich public realm will be funded and sustained. What is the potential for innovation in design, and the implications for high quality art commissioning and cultural development in the public realm, after the Olympics?

The conference is part of Open-City’s 20th anniversary programme and is organised jointly with the London Borough of Enfield, with the participation of the neighbouring boroughs of Waltham Forest and Haringey. It is part of Open-City’s ongoing commitment to support cross-borough and interdisciplinary working. All three boroughs, bordering on the Olympic site and the Lea Valley, will present case studies of major new schemes where the public realm is a vital component, identifying best practice and new approaches.

Free, but booking essential and a place will only be confirmed once ticket has been received.

If you would be interested in attending this event please email – [email protected]

More details will be sent out to those interested in attending the conference.