DESIGN & THE WEST MIDLANDS ENGINE
15 March 2016, 09.00 – 18:00pm
321, Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6ET
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Join us for an intense day of discussion around the state of design and place-making in the Midlands. The Place Alliance, MADE, RTPI WMUDF, Landscape Institute and RIBA invite you our Big Midland Meet. As the political landscape changes with combined authorities and devolution deals what will this mean for planning and architecture? What role for place-making as big infrastructure crashes through our region? Where should the houses be built? The Programme for the day is below. 9.30 Registration and refreshments 10.00 Matthew Carmona: Welcome – Place Alliance story so far 10.15 Design at the Strategic Scale Mike Best, Turley: The Shape of Things to Come – the Changing Face of Strategic Plan-Making in the Midlands” David Rudlin, URBED: Where Should the Houses be Built in the Midlands? Laura Shoaf, West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (Combined Authority): Designing Strategic Infrastructure 11.30 Refreshment break 11.45 Designing infrastructure John Worthington: High Speed Rail: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities Kathryn Moore, Prof Landscape, BCU: Infrastructure and Landscape 12.30 Discussion on strategic design challenges facing the Midlands 13.00 Lunch 13.45 Discussion feedback 14.00 Design in cities and towns Geoff Wright: Transforming the City Core Phil Jones: Transformation Through Better Streets and Spaces David Tittle: Design and the Post-Industrial Legacy 14.45 Refreshment break 15.00 Beyond the built Graham Woodward: The Spaces Inbetween. Noha Nasser: The Social Impact of Place-Making: Building for People and Diversity Laura Alvarez: Place Attachment/Neighbourhood Psychologies 15.45 Discussion on local design challenges 16.45 Concluding remarks 17.00 Drinks and networking 18.00 Ends