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Urban Challenge: Setting the Challenge 12.10.2020

This is the first event in our 4-part Urban Challenge initiative through which we hope to highlight and support ideas to change the way we design, manage our built environment.

Our key-note speakers set out the main urban challenges facing us as we emerge from the Covid era.

We also heard about new research and evidence explaining how we used urban areas during lockdown and our attitudes to the buildings and places around us. 


Setting the Challenge:

Philip Graham, GLA

Alex Williams, TfL

Joanna Averley, MHCLG


Group Chairs Fireside Chat:

Dinah Bornat, ZCD Architects

Samer Bagaeen, Brighton & Hove CC

Yolande Barnes, UCL

Patricia Brown, Central


Setting the Scene:

Prof. Matthew Carmona, UCL (Home Comforts report)

Sadie Morgan, dRMM Architects

Ben Page, Ipsos MORI

David Christie, TfL (Scenario Planning)

Fanny Blanc, LSE (Sharing a home during lockdown)

Frances Holliss, London Metropolitan University (Home-based work: An urban paradigm shift)

Prof. Ken Gibb, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing (Housing Challenges)

Max Farrell, LND Collective (#Park Power)


Meet the Stress Testers:

Selina Mason, Lendlease

Finn Williams, Public Practice

Matthew Yates, TfL

Elanor Warwick, Clarion

Ellie Howard, GLA

Justin Kliger, Connected Places Catapult

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