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4×4 Manchester – The Good City: Tolerant

May 10, 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 (this event), Safe, 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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10 May 2017 – Tolerant


Anwar Aktar
Multi-cultural cities

Anwar is director of The Samosa www.thesamosa.co.uk media. He led The Royal Society of Arts & Commerce Pakistan Calling project, which produced over 60 films looking at identity, education, equality, culture, religion, development, conflict resolution, women, and minority rights in the UK and Pakistan.

Anwar was production consultant on the play Dara, working with Ajoka Theatre Pakistan and the National Theatre UK. Dara tells the story of Mughal India 1659, raises questions about religious freedom, tolerance and clerical power that still resonate today. Dara was seen by over 30,000 people at National Theatre in 2015. Anwar works closely with Pakistani Band Laal, one of the most popular bands in Pakistan, he co-produced their critically acclaimed 2016 peace concert with Asian Dub Foundation, Royal Festival Hall. Anwar was born in Manchester, to Pakistani parents, spent his junior years working on various Manchester markets. Previously a Director of Rich Mix in East London and an URBED associate. Anwar’s talk will cover issues of tolerance in UK and Pakistan, current focus on Muslim communities, integration in Uk and his concerns about UK Prevent programme, why he views it as a social policy failure.

Emily Crompton
Manchester’s LGBT history

Emily is an architect based in Manchester and her talk will be based on her annual walking tour ‘We were born in the 80’s’. The tour follows the story of how Manchester became one of the first places to have an entirely publicly funded, purpose-built centre for the gay community. The story is one of unlikely success in the face of the public funding landscape, some hostile political foes and an infamous 147-signature petition. It is also one which perfectly shows the change in public sector funding from the 80s to the present day. Above all, it is a heartening story of community spirit and perseverance.

Mark Hammond
Age friendly cities

Mark is a research coordinator at Manchester School of Architecture. He studied Architecture at MSA, and since graduation has spent the last 6 years developing projects based around the concept of the age-friendly city. His work focuses on exploring older people’s experiences of their neighbourhood, and using this research as a way of enabling community-led action. He is currently working on ‘Manchester Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods’, a Big Lottery funded project based in four neighbourhoods across the city. This project seeks to create local partnership of residents and institutions to co-create and deliver an age-friendly action plan in each neighbourhood. Mark is also currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at MMU, exploring the use of ‘Spatial Agency’ as a means of creating an older people’s co-housing community.​

Giulia Vallone AoU
Inclusive spaces

Giulia has been Municipal Architect with Cork County Council since 2005 and champions excellence in the design of public works and townscape for small to medium-sized towns. She works closely with local communities, public representatives and officials, to deliver urban design that creates people-friendly places. She is an advocate for place-making measures that encourage people to re-inhabit the streets of the Irish towns that have suffered from depopulation and economical pressure. Her recent urban regeneration schemes include the award winning ‘Clonakilty 400 Urban design masterplan’.


May 10, 2017
17:30 - 21:30 BST


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