What priorities do we want reflected in land use planning? Has the notion of a distinct town and country become unsustainable? Can planners reconcile government policies with where and how people actually want to live? Is it justified to describe policies based on constraining building activity as “planning”?
These are just some of the questions that will be answered at All planned out – a major two-day international conference marking the 60th anniversary of the Town and Country Planning Act.
For 60 years the British 1947 Town and Country Planning Act has been an international model for regulating the production and reproduction of the built environment. However, much has happened in Britain and internationally since the Second World War to change how people live. The twenty-first century presents the challenge to provide cheap and desirable homes in pleasant living spaces for growing populations, without wasting land or resources. Over the two-day event 50 contributors from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Ireland and Britain will meet at the Building Centre in London and look back on its successes and failures – debating whether land use planning requires a facelift, or deserves retirement.
Organiser, Ian Abley, audacity commented:
‘What planners think and are enabled to do matters to all of us. Everyone should have the homes that they need in the places that they want. Architects, planners, construction professionals and academics have tremendous opportunities to create desirable and useful places to live and work, both for ourselves and for the future. A growing and mobile population, better methods of production, wider employment, changing climate and choice in lifestyles make exciting demands in the way we want to use and adapt our environments.”
Among the critically engaged contributors are Robert Bruegmann, Professor of Art History, Architecture, Urban Planning University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Sprawl: A Compact History (2005), with N. John Habraken, author of Supports; an Alternative to Mass Housing (1962), and Palladio's Children (2005) to conclude the Friday afternoon. Will Alsop will give the Friday evening presentation, and the Saturday concludes with Joel Kotkin, senior advisor to the Planning Center in Costa Mesa, California, and author of The City: A Global History (2006).
Places at this seminar cost £352.50 including VAT and can be booked online at www.buildingcentretrust.org. Tickets are for the entirety of the two days, and include the Friday evening presentation. Concessionary rates are available for students (£120 plus VAT) and individuals (£240 plus VAT) not representing government, businesses, or institutions.
The Building Centre
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