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Urbanism Lunch Hour: Town centre recovery post-lockdown – prototype and reuse [online]

May 1, 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:00 BST

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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 Academy members.

Friday 1 May 2020 at 1pm (BST)

Our next lunchtime session will look at how town centres can be brought back to life – improved even – through simple, cost-effective and practical measures in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown. Some of this is about new thinking entirely, but some is simply about readjusting the way we use the assets we already have. Will the new-normal bring opportunities have a re-think?

This event will be chaired by Dr. Deb Upadhyaya, Board Director of The Academy of Urbanism and Manager – Garden Towns and Villages at Homes England. Read ‘Reinventing Town Centres’ – an article by Dr. Nicholas Falk

Ask. Do. Show. – Community informed urban research and prototyping
Jaan Orvet, Human Centred Design Strategist and Partner at Manyone Asia in Singapore

In times of large fundamental changes, we don’t always need to reinvent the solutions. Some of them have been hiding in plain sight. Common sense may not always have been used in the decisions that led to how the world was able to respond to the outbreak. Yet common sense and a human centred approach will bring strong, clear results as we rebuild and improve. Just as it always has.

Jaan Orvet is a Human Centred Design Strategist and Partner at Manyone Asia in Singapore. He uses the power of design to identify opportunities to creates services, spaces and tools that improve how we live life in urban centers. Orvet is the co-author of State of Mind at Work and lectures at several universities including KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Town centre recovery in the wake of the pandemic
Dr. Nicholas Falk, Executive Director of the URBED Trust
Read ‘Reinventing Town Centres’ – an article by Dr. Nicholas Falk

The vital signs of our town and city centres will be under huge pressure in the wake of the pandemic. Securing their recovery will be of paramount importance for economic and social health. Part of which will require a radical change in how we deal with empty and under-used property. This will involve learning from both our own experiences and also post industrial cities such as Bilbao, Eindhoven and Leipzig that the AoU has recognised through its awards.

Dr Nicholas Falk is the author of the first Department of the Environment good practice guide on reusing old buildings and is Executive Director of the URBED Trust.

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May 1, 2020
13:00 - 14:00 BST
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