Event

David Fryer Memorial Lecture: Spatial Planning as a Political Project.

8 November. RTPI South East. Oxford Brookes University.

The lecture will be given by Patsy Healey, this year's RTPI gold medal winner and emeritus professor of town and country planning at the University of Newcastle. The talk will concentrate on how our understanding of planning today has grown out of concerns about the quality of our surroundings, the contribution of the built environment to human health and welfare and the aim of ensuring that all citizens have access to adequate living conditions.

The lecture will explore how activists promote such concerns by capturing the attention of politicians and civil servants. The social movement has resulted in government programmes to regulate, manage and develop better living conditions as well as provide and conserve other valued assets. However, these initiatives have become tied up with technical and procedural practices that have drowned out the commitments and values of the protagonists. This lecture will explore ways in which the social dimensions of the planning project can be reinvigorated. It will provide the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues with other professionals.

Tea and coffee will be served from 6pm. The lecture will start at 6.30pm and will be followed by a buffet with wine at 7.30pm. The talk is in memory of David Fryer OBE, former RTPI secretary-general, and is organised by Oxford Brookes University planning department. Donations to the RTPI Charitable Trust are encouraged.

Cost: Free. Places must be pre-booked.

For further details and to reserve a place, write to Carol Dawson, South East regional administrator, PO Box 385, Dover, CT16 9AF, telephone 01304 823494 or email southeast@rtpi.org.uk.


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