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YU Event / The Cambridge Phenomenon: reviewing and assessing an innovation rich city

April 8, 2017 @ 09:30 - 17:00 BST

The university city of Cambridge is at the forefront of the UK’s technology sector. With major offices for Amazon, Microsoft and Apple and numerous other pharmaceutical, biomedical and technology companies located in and around the city, Cambridge is experiencing rapid economic and population growth. Housing is amongst the most expensive in the country, and despite being the UK’s top cycling city traffic congestion is a growing problem.

How does a compact, historic city surrounded by a greenbelt respond to these development pressures?

Join the Young Urbanists as we explore this fascinating city, with presentations and tours from local experts.

Tentative Programme (subject to change):

9.30   Meet in central Cambridge

Cambridge context and overview of the day (coffee/tea and pastries included)

Presentations from YU member John Mason

Glen Richardson – Urban Designer at Carter Jonas and former head of Urban Design at Cambridge City Council

Robin Nicholson CBE – Senior Partner at Cullinan Studio and chair of Cambridgeshire Quality Panel

11.00   Cycle to North West Cambridge (2-3 miles)

North West Cambridge is a new mixed-use district for the city, commissioned and funded by the University of Cambridge. Phase 1, providing a new local centre and over 1,000 private and university homes, is opening in May. Why, and how, has the university sought to build its own neighbourhood?

Presentation from Adam Peavoy – Associate Director at Mecanoo + university representative (TBC)

12.30   Cycle back to central Cambridge (2-3 miles)

Lunch break. Presentation on central redevelopment site (TBC)

14.30   Cycle to the Southern Fringe (3-4 miles)

The Southern Fringe is a major urban expansion area south of the city. Over 3,000 homes, a biomedical campus, and community facilities are being built on land released from the greenbelt. What constitutes a good urban expansion? What is Cambridge getting right and what is it missing?

Presentation with Glen Richardson – Urban Designer at Carter Jonas and former head of Urban Design at Cambridge City Council + developer (TBC)

16.30   Cycle back to central Cambridge to drop off cycles (3-4 miles)

17.00   Close

Booking information

This event is open to Young Urbanist members, Academicians, and the general public. We require a small booking fee to secure your place (plus the optional £10 bike hire fee, if needed):

YU members/Academicians: £5 + VAT

Non-members/general public: £15 + VAT

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, but there will be an opportunity to purchase lunch (at your own expense) during the break.

Please note that we will be cycling a total of approximately 18km/11miles. You can find the proposed route map here.

When booking, please select the preferred option below that corresponds to whether you will be bringing your own bike, or whether you will require a bike hire at a cost of £10. Participants will be responsible for their own train fare or transportation to/from Cambridge. Please ensure that you have checked with the relevant train company about bringing your bike – some require you to book a space.

Non-members (with bike hire): £25 + VAT – BOOK HERE

Non-members (without bike hire): £15 + VAT – BOOK HERE

YU members/Academicians (with bike hire): £15 + VAT – BOOK HERE

YU members/Academicians (without bike hire): £5 + VAT – BOOK HERE


April 8, 2017
09:30 - 17:00 BST
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