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Communities, Culture and Cities: Designing Great Places for the Future


Monday 26 September, 1pm

Title: Communities, Culture and Cities: Designing Great Places for the Future
Speakers: John Walker, Adrian Penfold, Mark Davy, Asif Khan

Outline: World cities are investing in their cultural identity to compete on the international stage. London is expanding and new districts of the city are taking shape. How are developers, government, architects, designers, and cultural planners supporting new and existing communities? What ideas and approaches are we seeing for the creation of successful new places? Join international cultural planners Futurecity in conversation with Mark Davy (Futurecity), John Walker (Director of Planning, Westminster City Council), Adrian Penfold (British Land), Asif Khan (RCA).

Mark Davy founded Futurecity in 2007 as one of the first cultural placemaking consultancies to operate in the urban realm.
As a platform for private and public sector investment in the cultural life of our cities, Futurecity has a global understanding of urban development, with offices in London, Cambridge and Sydney. Under Mark's leadership, Futurecity has written over 200 arts and culture strategies for large brownfield developments, regeneration areas and urban projects across the UK and internationally.

Adrian Penfold joined British Land in 1996, following his time in local government and at the London Docklands Development Corporation. At British Land he has dealt with major mixed use development projects in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, with a particular focus on central London, including the award winning Regent's Place and Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater"). He was a member of the Barker Review of Land Use Planning's Panel of Experts and led the Government appointed independent Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents which reported in July 2010. He is a member of the DCLG Planning Sounding Board and the Government appointed Local Plans Expert Group which reported in 2016. He was awarded the OBE in March 2016 for Service to the Property Industry and Public Service to Planning He is also responsible for Public Affairs at British Land and is Non-Executive Chairman of Design South East.

Asif Khan founded his architecture practice in 2007. The studio works internationally on projects ranging from cultural buildings to houses, temporary pavilions, exhibitions and installations. Notable projects include the forthcoming UK Pavilion for Astana Expo 2017, the'MegaFaces' pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the Coca-Cola Beatbox at London 2012 Olympics, a finalist entry in the international competition for the new Guggenheim museum Helsinki and most recently the Serpentine Gallery Summer House located in Kensington Gardens, London for summer 2016. Asif is the recipient of numerous awards including a Red Dot award for Design, Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Innovation, a D&AD award, Special citation in 2011 MAXXI MoMA/PS1 Young Architect Programme, Design Miami Designer of the Future 2011, and Design Museum Designer in Residence 2010. Khan lectures globally on his work, sits on the board of Trustees of the Design Museum and teaches MA Architecture at the Royal College of Art.

John Walker is a member of the RTPI, Major Developers Group, Architecture Club and the Planning Officers Society. He has a vast amount of knowledge on the West End having worked in Westminster for over 32 years. John is the Director of Planning at Westminster City Council overseeing the busiest planning authority in the UK. The pressure for development is intense with nearly 13,000 applications handled every year. Planning in Westminster is rarely out of the news with headline development sites such as Chelsea Barracks, the Paddington Pole, Middlesex Hospital, Victoria Nova, Admiralty Arch, Millbank Tower, New Scotland Yard and two new hotels proposed at the War Office Whitehall and US Embassy building on Grosvenor Square.