Cities in Crisis
Institute of Contemporary Art, London
15 July 2009
British cities have never been so cool: buzzing with cultural centres, farmers’ markets and late-night venues. Regeneration and loft-living have transformed seedy neighbourhoods into desirable urban villages. Yet media reports of stabbings and MPs needing personal security have fuelled anxiety about crime. The property boom forced prices beyond the reach of first-time buyers – a situation the current credit crunch has done little to assuage. Property developers and private interests are expanding their territories, with corporate plazas replacing public spaces. If we are to live in cities in the 21st century, what can be done to improve our relationships with them?
Speakers: Anna Minton, author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-first-century City; Nigel Coates, professor of architecture at the Royal College of Art; councillor Daniel Moylan, deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council and deputy chair of Transport for London; Liz Peace, chief executive at the British Property Foundation. Chair: Tristram Hunt, author of Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City and lecturer in urban history at Queen Mary, University of London.