THE CITY DAY
Today sees a panel debate on the the post consumerist city – how our urban centres are evolving. 3 short presentations followed by a cross discipline panel discussion, chaired by Oliver Heath, with an open question & debate session.
The debate will start with a keynote from Empty Shops Network and Revolutionary Arts founder and High Street expert, Dan Thompson, ‘What if the high street isn’t dead?’ We’ve heard a lot about the death of the high street. But what if it’s not dead, just changing? Dan Thompson believes that what we’re seeing is the death of the clone town, with big box retailers closing stores across the country – and that after a rough time, we might see a much better, more balanced high street in ten years time. He’s visited over 35 towns, cities and high streets and worked with dozens of organisations, from the Royal Opera House to Margate’s Town Team, as they find uses for empty shops and invent the high street of tomorrow.
Dan’s keynote will be followed by presentations covering emerging approaches to urban design and the way thinking is developing to reinvent and reinvigorate our urban centres. There will be 3 short presentations to kickstart the panel discussion from ABIR, talking about George St, Hove; Gillespies landscape architects, on its many high street schemes; Martin Evans, Creative Director atCathedral Group, talking about its Circus Street development, and Richard Wolfstrome on the Kings Hill project placemaking and wayfinding.
This in turn will be followed by a panel discussion of issues facing high street and city centre regeneration. The panel will include Dan Thompson, Matt Weston, Principal at Spacemakers, Nick Hibberd – BHCC Regeneration, Finn Williams, Common Office/deputy leader of Croydon Council’s Placemaking Team, and Cara Courage, arts consultant and placemaker.
The debate will open up to Q+A. No need to book. 4.30 pm for 5 pm start, approx. 1.5 hours, to lead into closing party, until 10 pm.
We’re open as usual from 12 pm.