New London Architecture

Public London Symposium

Half-day conference

Thursday 27 June 2024
14:00 - 17:30

How have public realm activation projects contributed to shaping London's urban landscape in the last 20 years?
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the London Festival of Architecture, the publication, ‘Public London: Activating the City’ will look back at some of the momentous projects of the last two decades that have helped transform London’s public realm and consider how the festival has elevated public places through cultural placemaking, place activation and meanwhile uses.
What constitutes a successful and democratic public realm today? What role can co-creation and partnerships play? And how can we ensure that places are fit-for-purpose in the long-term?

In this conference we will explore how cultural activation projects have contributed to shaping London's urban landscape in the last 20 years, looking at best practice in public realm activation and discuss what the next 20 years will bring. 

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Speaker biographies

David J Fearon

Associate Director and Landscape Architect, AtkinsRéalis

Saff Williams

Curatorial Director, Brookfield Properties

Camilla Siggaard Andersen

Practice Leader, Hassell

Manijeh Verghese

Director, Sphere Spaces

Synthia Griffin

Arts & Culture Manager, London Borough of Barnet

Clarisse Tavin

Group Manager, Major Projects and Programmes, City of London Corporation

Neal Shah

Design Director, Greystar

Sarah Castle

Architect and Co-founding Director, IF_DO


The London Centre
3 Aldermanbury


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