22 January 2018. 18.00pm – 20.30pm
The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1
Chair: Steve Williamson, Happold Foundation
More panellists TBC
Cities are generally becoming more planned and controlled but we love those, often unplanned, playful spaces where the population can indulge in often marginal activities with very little administrative and commercial control. Examples of this include:
Rollerblading / Skateboarding; Regents Park – cycling, rounders; Parkour (Parkour Academy); Westway: Fives (and other sports); Reservoirs, sailing swimming and watersports; Play Walls; urban cricket; basketball, etc.
Do cities need to create more opportunities for these activities to happen? Can they be planned and can we make them both attractive and safe at the same time? Do these places and activities need to be protected? How can they be valued to keep the formal development at bay?
On this occasion we have changed the normal panel format of the City Conversations and have invited a number people (10+) to describe places and activities that make up the playful city, both in the UK and overseas. We want to find out what makes them attractive and successful. With this larger panel of guests we will explore in conversation the importance of these ‘discovered’ playful activities to the life of the city and wellbeing of its citizens.