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4×4 Manchester – The Good City: Welcoming

May 24, 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, Welcoming (this event) 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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24 May 2017 – Welcoming


Yasmine Nahlawi
Syrian communities

Yasmine Nahlawi has a Ph.D. in International Law from Newcastle University and is the Research & Policy Coordinator for Rethink Rebuild Society, an organisation providing a voice for the British Syrian community. She writes regular briefings on Syria and provides advice to policy makers and the media.

Lynsey Hanley
Estates and the experience of class

Lynsey Hanley writes for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the Financial Times. She is the author of Estates: an Intimate History (Granta, 2007) and Respectable: the Experience of Class (Penguin, 2016). She is a visiting research fellow in cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, and an Honorary Researcher in Sociology at Lancaster University.

Leo Hollis
Cities and good for you

Leo Hollis is the author of two books on the history of London: The Phoenix: The Men Who Made Modern London and The Stones of London: A History Through Twelve Buildings and the international bestseller Cities are Good for You: the Genius of the Metropolis. He is a regular speaker and writer on urban issues. He lives in London and tweets at @leohollis.

Sam Stafford
Delivering high quality homes

Sam is a chartered town planner with an interest in politics and so enjoys his current role as strategic land director at Barratt Developments – strategic land is often where clashes between politics and planning can be most acute. Sam had a short spell in local government earlier in his career, but the majority of his experience has been gained as a private sector planning consultant.


May 24, 2017
17:30 - 21:30 BST


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