NLA Nights: The Boroughs 'Our Patch'

Thursday 15 October 2009

Peter Rees

Cllr James Cousins

Sue Foster

Following on from the success of our 'Two Minute Talk' event in August in which architects and practitioners were asked to speak on the topic of 'What Should London be Made of?', October's NLA Nights event invited the London boroughs to speak for an extended three minutes each on what makes them unique, to an audience of NLA supporters and their guests.

With the changing politics of localism and Boris’s desire that the revised London Plan should better reflect context and place, the boroughs were asked to reflect on the identity of their borough, and what sets them apart. 

Speakers included City Planning Officer Peter Rees who reflected on the "not-so-square mile", Cllr James Cousins from Wandsworth Council, who spoke about the diversity of his borough and Anne Byrne from Waltham Forest, who presented the innovative temporary public realm improvements recently carried out at the Arcade Site in Walthamstow Town Centre. Peter Murray rounded off the talks with an impromptu presentation on the boundaries between boroughs.

Thanks go to all of our speakers: Peter Rees, City Planning Officer at City of London, Cllr James Cousins, Executive Member for Regeneration and Community Safety at the London Borough of Wandsworth, Sue Foster OBE, Director of Place Shaping at the London Borough of Enfield, Paul McGarry, Interim Manager of the Physical Regeneration Team at the London Borough of Merton, Anne Byrne, Head of Physical Regeneration at the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA.

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