Living Suburbs: London & Paris

Wednesday 16 October 2013

09:00 - 13:00 (registration from 08:30)

NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

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Through expert presentations, and workshop discussions, we will be exploring ideas for getting growth going again, rebuilding confidence in run-down areas, mobilising private finance, and building social capital.

Seeing as Paris and London are only a couple of hours apart by Eurostar, it is seems highly appropriate to share good practice in tackling the challenges that both cities face. Both cities are upgrading their local transport systems, and promoting investment outside the historic centres, with London expecting great benefits from Crossrail. Yet both cities face concentrations of deprivation. The 2011 Riots hit some London suburban shopping centres hard, and despite all the new jobs, many feel left out.
The report of the TEN Group’s study tour to Paris last year highlighted fundamental differences in coordinating transport planning and strategic development, with 18 new tramlines, shared planning departments, and bringing green space into high density developments. Paris simply seems more joined up, and the Plan for Grand Paris is setting very ambitious goals. On the other hand, London may be better at integrating communities.

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Michel Cantal-Dupart, Urban Planner, Paris

Martin Crookston, Urban Economist and Strategic Planner, London

Paul Lecroart, Institut d’Amenagement et Urbanisme, Île de France

Matthias Armengaud, Partner, AWP Paris and Chief Master Planner, La Défense, Paris

Duncan Bowie, Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, University of Westminster

Nicholas Falk, Founder Director, URBED

Pat Hayes, Executive Director for Regeneration and Planning, LB Ealing

David Hennings, Consultant

Mark Lucas, Interim Chief Planning & Regeneration Officer, LB Redbridge

Stewart Murray , Assistant Director – Planning Development Enterprise & Environment, Greater London Authority

Emma Vandore, Freelance writer, researcher, PR strategist

Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA (Chair)

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