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Spring Debate: Is sustainable city growth an oxymoron?

April 24, 2018 @ 18:00 - 20:30 BST


Is sustainable city growth an oxymoron?

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.

Hosted by


Jonathon Porritt
Founder Director
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.

Julie Plichon
Inclusive Design Officer
Islington Council

Julie graduated from the Bartlett School of Planning in Urban Design and City Planning, after having completed a Master in Public Policy at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) of Bordeaux, France. She focuses on socially engaged practice in her urbanism work. For instance, she has led research work on social urbanism in Medellin Colombia, and has investigated the open spaces around British council estates for the Bartlett.
She is currently working part time for Islington Council, providing guidance on Inclusive Design and producing public policy with the new Local Plan. She is also working at an urban design practice called Fluid, currently taking part in projects such as UCL East, International Quarter London or Golders Green Town Centre Strategy.
She is Young Urbanist Coordinator for the Academy of Urbanism, developing the network and its agenda.

Roxana Slavcheva
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.

Sam Monger
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.


14:30 Awards Finalists Selection Workshop (open to all Members)

18:00 Spring Debate Arrivals
18:30 The Debate
19:30 Reception
20:30 Close

Booking for this event is essential

Academicians, Young Urbanists and Members – free to attend
Non-members – £15.00+VAT

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April 24, 2018
18:00 - 20:30 BST


70 Grosvenor Street
London, W1K 3JP
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