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Infrastructure for the 21st century


● Fully booked

Monday 10 October 2016
6.30 — 8pm

This event has now ended

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Section of Crossrail tunnel at North Woolwich, London.

© Paul Daniels / Alamy

Looking beyond traditional notions of infrastructure, speakers put forward a range of propositions for ensuring London maintains its status as a global city over the next few decades.

London is currently focused on a number of major infrastructure projects, from Crossrail and the Northern Line extension to the Thames Tideway ‘super sewer’. With discussions moving ahead regarding HS2 and airport expansion in the south east, the emphasis on such major projects looks set to continue over the next few decades.

But while ambitious in scale, these types of large-scale projects are rooted in a concept of infrastructure that has remained largely unchanged since the 20th century – arguably since the 19th century. All are government-initiated, centralised projects, exclusively focused on the physical movement of people, goods or waste.

One of the outcomes of the RA’s recent ‘Urban Jigsaw’ ideas competition was an emphasis on the systems and networks that are arguably as vital to London’s future success as its physical infrastructure. As the city develops over the next few decades, London’s economic, social and cultural infrastructure will become ever more important: from sustainable food chains and decentralised energy-distribution storage to social care provision, childcare and flexible working spaces.

In this event, speakers from a variety of disciplines present a series of ideas for new types of infrastructure that will ensure London remains a well-functioning city into the 21st century.

Speakers currently include:
Ben Campkin – Director, UCL Urban Laboratory
Hannah Corbett – Chief Executive, Acme
Usman Haque – Founding partner, Umbrellium
Clare Herrick – Reader in Human Geography, King’s College London
Timothy Lang – Professor of Food Policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy
Lee Mallett – Director, Urbik; former editor, Building Design and Estates Times
Carl Turner – Founding Director, Carl Turner Architects

Chaired by Kate Goodwin and Owen Hopkins.

Please note that the venue for this event has now changed and the talk will be held at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 10 October 2016

6.30 — 8pm

Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House

£12, £6 concessions. Includes panel discussion and drinks.