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Urbanism Lunch Hour: Cultural Cities – learning from experience to inform a post Covid world

June 5, 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.

Over the last 25 years, culture has been used as a catalyst for the regeneration of many cities across the globe; changing perceptions of these cities as places to invest, work and visit for business and for leisure.  But how successful has that been for local communities and what is the future for cultural cities in a post Covid world?

The session will include contributions from two speakers.


Lia Ghilardi is the founding director of Noema, a UK-based company working to deliver place DNA mapping and strategic cultural planning projects. She is internationally recognized as a leader in this field and for more than twenty years has worked with civic leaders, cultural organizations and communities to provide creative and equitable solutions to the challenges faced by cities. She studied urban sociology in Italy, then moved to London in the late 1980s to complete her studies at the Bartlett School of Planning. A long-standing Academician and a Fellow of the RSA, she lectures across Europe on creative and cohesive cities, and ways of engaging communities in urban regeneration. More info on her website: www.liaghilardi.com . A selection of her publications is available from Academia.edu (https://independent.academia.edu/LiaGhilardi).

Cllr. Asier Abaunza, (Bilbao, 1978) is Agricultural Engineer (Public University of Navarra)  and Specialist in Prediction and Assessment of Environmental Impacts (Polythecnic University of Madrid). Since 2019 he holds de position of Councillor of the governing Basque National Party for Public Works and Urban Planning at Bilbao City Council. Between 2018-2019 he was Councillor for Urban Planning, Public Works, Services, Urban Rehabilitation and Public Space at Bilbao City Council. From 2015 to 2018 he was Councillor for Urban Planning at Bilbao City Council. Between 2007-2015 he was Councillor for Traffic and Transports. He has had too various professional responsabilities in the field of transport, mobility, governance or housing; amongs others: Chairman of various District Councils of Bilbao, President of the Executive Board of the municipal entity Funicular Artxanda, Counsellor of the Board of Directors at the municipal Housing entity, at MercaBilbao company, at Bilbao Ria 2000 company. Technical Assistance at the Urban Planning Department of the Provincial Government of Bizkaia, Teacher at the Agricultural Technical School of Derio (Bizkaia), Engineer at various private companies and Adviser at the General Secretary of Foreing Affairs (Basque Government).


Michele Grant,Director, The Academy of Urbanism and Blue Sail Consulting Ltd.

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


June 5, 2020
13:00 - 14:00 BST
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