The Norwich Society

Events Lectures

Cathedral Cities in Peril: the importance of place

  • Mon 24 Jun 2019
  • Open to all
  • Auditorium, the Forum, Millennium Plain
  • 6:00 pm
  • Free (non-members) / Free (members)

Norwich is a wonderful place to live and work. But there are threats as well as opportunities for further improvement.

This year's annual symposium will hear from expert speakers about the importance of place and how its quality can be managed.

Spencer de Grey, Head of design at Foster and Partners, will describe the findings of the Cathedral Cities in Peril report for which he was the lead author. This report resonates with many of the issues facing Norwich, suggesting, for example, that single developers tackling very large sites can lead to homogeneous and disconnected residential development. The report calls for local authorities to be bold and visionary.

Professor Gary Warnaby, Senior Director at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Institute has carried out research into retail competition, planning and improving town and city centres that has lessons for Norwich.

Dr Laura Alvarez, Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer at Nottingham City Council, is developing a series of guides to tackle poor design and foster a positive change in the way in which the Council works with industry, local communities and the public.

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