The trouble with Twitter is it stops me blogging. So for a change here are some notes from a seminar at LSE under HEIF5 today 10 December 2014. Tony Travers introduction, Nancy Holman summary of how complicated everything is.
[earlier a reminiscence session with Tim Skelton, a retired surveyor who worked for MKDC from 1979 and is writing a book on MK, trying to catch us oldies before we die. I seem to be one of the few who has memories going back through the whole master planning period. may add some notes on that.]
Speakers at LSE Cheshire, Tonkiss, Hamnett,Negrini (ex Newham, now Croydon LB) Lammy. Read the rest of this entry »
This text arrived on 21 October 2014 from Nick Jeffrey who has agreed to it being posted here. Some observations from the celebration of Peter Hall on 22 October are on Twitter at #peterhall
Peter Hall was a grand teacher.
I was one of the first dozen of Peter’s planning students and completed the MScEcon (Planning Studies) at LSE. I still teach there as an Associate, leading MSc Planning students, as well as first year Geography and Environment students on fieldwork across Docklands.
That initial course in Regional and Urban Planning Studies was pioneering both within planning education and within the LSE. It was taught jointly with the departments of Geography and Economics (Alan Day) and government (Peter Self). 1967/68 was the first and only full year Peter taught the course. I understood that the initiative for the course came from Emrys Jones and he recruited Peter Hall to put it together and lead it. Read the rest of this entry »
I was asked to write a piece on Peter Hall for the (now mainly online) journal Planning in London (ePiL). This is what I sent in.
Professor Sir Peter Hall died at the end of July after a short illness. As befits one of the heroes and popularisers of planning at a global scale, obituaries have been appearing in a steady stream and more are surely to come. This memorial note does not seek to run over the ground so ably covered in the best of these, some of which are listed at the end.
This note is simply an appreciation of Peter Hall’s contribution to the planning of London – and probably an incomplete one. Those who can add to the narrative are urged to do so. Read the rest of this entry »
Peter Hall died a few days ago and I’m trying here to crystallise my experience of him while it’s in my mind, recording fragments and interpretations which could feed in to any discussion of how we evaluate him, or into any biography anyone writes. Read the rest of this entry »
10 April was the deadline for comments on the new London Plan. The Just Space web site has been active with preparations and now carries (22 and counting) documents submitted by activist groups and individuals. It’s pretty strong stuff, on the whole, and I hope someone will start summarising it all soon. My interim attempt is on the front page of the JS site now but I hope it will be superseded soon. The main Just Space submission runs to 53 pages and is a very serious and detailed critique, edited together by Richard Lee. Read the rest of this entry »
This post is a quick paste-up of material I prepared for yesterday when I was invited to participate as a guest in the Committee’s first consideration of the Further Alterations to the London Plan FALP. It is not exactly what I said because I wasn’t able to get all the points made, but there will be a webcast and perhaps a transcript later . Michael Bach from the London Forum was also a guest and he made many very strong and some overlapping points. I hope he’ll agree to his text going online too. Comprehensive summary in the Twitter stream of Myfanwy Taylor.
The Committee had prepared some questions (shown in bold). Read the rest of this entry »
UCL is giving me a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of its annual awards for “Public Engagement”. The award takes place at 1830h on Tuesday 28th January 2014 when this post should become visible. They don’t have acceptance speeches at these ceremonies so this is the closest I can get. Read the rest of this entry »
20 January 2014 addition: the new Plan is now out. To find it and to follow the story and debates go to the Just Space site http://wp.me/P3WY0O-y I may, though, add some personal observations on the end of this post.
10 December 2013: I keep having to respond to questions about what the big issues will be when the next London Plan appears for consultation in January. This is an attempt to write it down systematically. So far it is a purely personal statement and if any of it gets adopted by JustSpace or others then I’ll tell you. And it’s a draft with data and references to be added. Thinking aloud. Read the rest of this entry »
9 December 2013: This message has come in today from Grischa in Berlin:
Dear international friends,
on November 21st we had an event in Berlin with Eileen Short from Defend Council Housing / Anti bedroom tax campaign and Paul Watt from Birkbeck University, both situated in London.
They told us about the housing crisis in England and the biggest anti-cut protests since many years against the bedroom tax. We have documented the event in both English and German, find the links below: Read the rest of this entry »