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Streets Beyond: Beyond Streets – The Changing Role and Purpose of Public Space
November 11, 2016 @ 08:45 - 18:00 GMT
Streets Beyond : Beyond Streets
Friday 11 November 2016 @ 8:45 am – 6:00 pm
University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, Dundee DD1 5EN
This landmark collaborative learning event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Academy of Urbanism, organised jointly with Architecture and Design Scotland and the University of Dundee, within the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
Streets and other urban spaces need to respond to the demands of modern life, including vehicle access and human walkability, safety and well-being, local business needs and shifts in arts and culture. There has been a progressive shift from utilitarian corridors to ‘positive’ streets where people want to be – where they feel comfortable, safe and even inspired by their surroundings.
Creative and thoughtful design and management of these public spaces can stimulate a range of human activity that can bring wider urban areas to life – streets and public spaces should be more equitable, inclusive and just, and provide more sensory experiences for all – sight, sound, smell and touch.
The positive effects may include reduced accidents, more cultural and community events, more dwell time and improved trade and economic performance. Some streets have even helped to brand cities.
This event will consider how current practice can be improved and how we plan for future trends
We will ask:
- What impact does modifying streets have on health and well-being, including groups such as the elderly and young people?
- Is full pedestrianisation of streets always desirable or beneficial?
- What are the social and economic effects of enhanced street activity, such as markets and arts events?
- To what extent are streets less about movement arteries, but more about public spaces that need eyes, windows and doors onto the space to make them seem more convivial?
- What organisational and governance mechanisms have contributed to the design, regeneration and management of successfully transformed streets as public spaces?
- Do regulations, rules and codes need to be rethought or changed to promote streets as public spaces?
This event is presented to a broad audience covering built environment decision-makers and professional planners, architects and urban designers, landscape architects, highway and traffic engineers, regeneration, health, housing, town centre managers, consultants, retailers, public art and cultural practitioners. The event will provide the leading forum for those concerned with the creation and development of quality public spaces. It considers the latest thinking and the most creative and innovative approaches to the design, management and activation of the public realm. From experience we anticipate the delegate participation to be drawn from across the UK and EU.
The learning from the symposium, including the discussion outputs, will be of value to policy makers, planning authorities, designers, developers and local communities in the UK, EU and elsewhere. This will create impact by catalysing academic, practitioner and community dialogue which will benefit wider policy and practice landscapes. There will be a diverse range of outputs:
- A full report covering the outcomes of the event will be published within 3 months;
- An accessible summary of the policy implications of the work will be disseminated to appropriate Scottish and UK policymakers and communities, using the extensive networks of the participants.
SESSION ONE: SETTING THE CONTEXT
Learning from theory, policy and practice
Prof Matthew Carmona AoU
Professor of Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning and Chair of the Place Alliance
Founding Director of Urban Movement and a Trustee of Living Streets
Giulia Vallone AoU
Town Architect, Cork County Council
Founder, Hamilton-Baillie Associates
Co-Founder of Euan’s Guide, a disabled access review website that inspires people to try new places.
SESSION TWO: FUTURE STREETS, FUTURE SOLUTIONS
Applying the morning’s learning to a series of facilitated, practical workshops
Director of Development
Dundee City Council
Group 1) Design identity and aesthetics-led
Group 2) Optimising access, connectivity and safe mobility
Group 3) Improving street trading and the local economy
Group 4) Re-inhabiting streets, buildings and urban spaces
Group 5) Streetspace as a hub of cultural activity and animation
Group 6 )Enhancing liveability, ecology and run-off management
The fee includes the full conference attendance, printed conference materials, refreshments and lunch, as well as a Drinks Reception at the close of the event.
Early Bird: £60.00 / £90.00 after 7 October 2016
Student/Young Urbanists/Young Planners: £30.00 / £45.00 after 7 October 2016
Purchase your tickets online at: uod.ac.uk/2bCabFB
3-for-2 discount when booking from the same organisation – book 2 delegates from the same organisation and get a third place for free!
Delegates can take advantage of discounted rates with local hotels and guest houses. Bookings can be made through the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau website. Please note: no rooms are being held for this event and all bookings would be subject to availability. Therefore please book as soon as possible to secure rooms at these rates: http://www.bit.ly/streets-beyond
Discounted Flights between London Stansted and Dundee
Flybe is offering an exclusive 30% discount on flights for delegates travelling between London Stansted and Dundee for this conference. Please book at flybe.com between 17 August and 10 November 2016, quoting promotional code, STREETS, for travel between 10-14 November 2016.
University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building,
How to get here
Dundee is well connected by rail and road with the other major cities and airports in Scotland. The closest international airports can be found at Edinburgh and Glasgow. Dundee has a small airport which is connected by daily flights to and from London Stansted Airport. For more information, visit the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau: bit.ly/streets-beyond
Kevin Murray – The Academy of Urbanism
Jas Atwal – The Academy of Urbanism
Johnny Cadell – Architecture Design Scotland
Husam AlWaer – University of Dundee