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Urbanism Lunch Hour: Covid-19 streets and public realm projects in Hackney, London and Auckland, New Zealand

May 29, 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:00 BST

We’re calling on Academicians to volunteer to speak at one of our upcoming series of our online Urbanism Lunch Hours. These events are open to all Academicians and Young Urbanist members.

This lunchtime session will look at the topic of Covid-19 streets – how cities are adjusting their streets and public realm to physical distancing requirements and the opportunity this provides for permanent rebalancing of public space in favour of pedestrians and cyclists. The session will include contributions from two speakers.


Cllr. Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, Hackney Council.

With a background as a civil and structural engineer, parliamentary reporter, policy specialist, and research manager at the London Assembly, Jon first became a local Councillor in Hackney in May 2014. Joining Mayor Glanville’s first Cabinet in September 2016, Jon is the lead member for Energy, Waste, Transport, and Public Realm and, in addition, is responsible for responding to the climate change emergency, environmental sustainability, and strategic and local transport.

Ben Van Bruggen, Manager, Urban Design Strategy Team at Auckland City Council, NZ.

Ben van Bruggen is the Design Strategy Manager for Auckland Council. He is an urban planner, designer and urbanist with 25 years experience working in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Ben joined the Auckland Design Office from the UK in 2017. He is the founding director of van Bruggen Limited, an urbanism consultancy, based in London, UK. Prior to setting up van Bruggen Limited, Ben was Head of Urban Design at Savills. Ben was also Senior Design Review Advisor to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Ben’s current role is to inspire, enable and celebrate great design outcomes for Tāmaki Makaurau.


Biljana Savic, DirectorThe Academy of Urbanism

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If you have any queries please contact Olga Gaitani on og@academyofurbanism.org.uk.



May 29, 2020
13:00 - 14:00 BST
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