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4×4 Manchester – The Good City: Safe

May 17, 2017 @ 17:30 - 21:30 BST

4×4 Manchester wants to challenge how we think about urban places, combining interesting and provocative speakers from many different disciplines and backgrounds to promote a real debate about the state of our cities.

4×4 Manchester is a series of ‘TED Talks’ style events held on four consecutive Wednesdays in May; 4 speakers talk for 15 minutes each followed by lively audience debate. This year we are making the events more social with a new venue, cash bar and time to chat before and after the talks.

Our theme this year is The Good City? where we’ll be exploring the morality of our urban environments through four topics: Tolerant, Safe (this event), Welcoming and Radical.

Is the city a den of iniquity and inequality? Or a stepping stone to Utopia? The city can be seen as a beautiful self regulating system, allowing hugely varied communities to live side by side. Or it can be seen as the physical manifestation of a polarised, unfair society and a stage on which violence and conflict play out.

Join us as we explore the good, the bad and the many shades of grey in between!

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17 May 2017 – Safe


Adrian Murphy
Designing out crime

Adrian is a consultant with the Design for Security, a design-led crime prevention consultancy based within Greater Manchester Police. The practice specialises in design -led crime prevention in the built environment. The team work with local authorities, housing associations, architects, planners and developers to support the production of designs that address crime and security issues, minimising future opportunities for offenders.

Alexandra King
Ending homelessness in Manchester

Alexandra is Partnership Director at CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company. She is currently working with Street Support on #BigChangeMcr, a movement which brings together charities, grassroots groups, the council, businesses and citizens to try to end homelessness in Manchester. The project encourages partners to “give differently” with donations going into a central fund that all partners can access to deliver support.

Anna Rose AoU
Well designed places as safe places

Anna Rose is a trained architect with a specialism in urban design, masterplanning and public realm design. She is a Director at Space Syntax, a urban design consultancy that describes itself as “science based and human focused, bringing creative, innovative rigour to the process of making cities, urban places and buildings”. The consultancy side of the business is partnered with the world renowned Space Syntax Laboratory at The Bartlett, University College London.

David Whyte and Vicky Cooper
The violence of austerity

Vickie Cooper is Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University. David Whyte is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Liverpool.

Austerity, the government’s response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain. This talk will argue that austerity is a form of systematic violence that is wholly unnecessary, and fails to achieve anything it claims to achieve. Covering cases of institutional violence, including workfare, evictions and mental health scandals, Vickie and David argue that attacks on the most vulnerable, community violence and cuts to the regulation of social protection are all being driven by reductions in public sector funding. The result is a shocking exposé of the ways in which austerity policies harm people in Britain.


May 17, 2017
17:30 - 21:30 BST


International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street
Manchester, M1 5BY
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