Spring Debate: Is sustainable city growth an oxymoron?
April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Academy’s Spring Debate will bring together a panel of four speakers to debate the motion: This house believes that if we continue to use economic growth as the main measure of a city’s success, genuine sustainable cities will remain a distant dream.
This event will follow the annual Awards Finalist selection workshop.
Forum for the Future
Jonathon Porritt is a leading environmentalist and writer, who has been described as “Britain’s most influential green thinker”. He is known for his advocacy of the Green Party of England and Wales. Porritt frequently contributes to magazines, newspapers and books, and appears on radio and television.
Head of City Practices
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Roxana Slavcheva heads the urban practices at The Economist Intelligence Unit, the research arm of The Economist Group. Roxana leads support for current projects and strategy for new product development on city level. She often consults representatives of both the public and private sector on trends in urban development, particularly related to the opportunities and challenges related to rapidly growing urbanisation in emerging markets.
Director of Strategy and Research
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Sam Monger is Director of Strategy and Research for Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, supporting the Board in developing strategy for the business. He led the development of Grosvenor’s 20 year vision for Mayfair and Belgravia, which seeks to ensure the places we manage remain relevant and contribute to the continuing success of the West End as an engine of economic prosperity. Prior to joining Grosvenor in 2011, Sam spent 17 years working in management consultancy at PwC and IBM, mainly advising corporate occupiers in a range of sectors on property strategy.
Our final speaker to be announced soon!
14:30 Awards Finalists Selection Workshop (open to all Members)
18:00 Spring Debate Arrivals
18:30 The Debate
Booking for this event is essential
Academicians, Young Urbanists and Members – free to attend
Non-members – £15.00+VAT