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The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
The Urban Vision
Bulletin
A Summary of urban innovations from London
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Peter Murray, chairman at NLA, heralded the 2014 Leaders Study Program with an over...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Peter Bishop who was the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architect...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Borough was Britain’s attempt to create a market that would stand with the best of ...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
One Tower Bridge is situated on one of the last great riverside sites in London.
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
This walking tour is led by Architect Camilla
Ween, Former Advisor to Mayor of Lond...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Philipp Rode , Director , LSE Cities shared insights with a detailed focus on India...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
The Princes Foundation HQ building tour was a
fascinating case study that makes vis...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
The Mixed Income development
Highbury Gardens was named one of
the winners New Home...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
which is mixed use development with an anchor cultural centre. We also explored Sho...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Battersea Power Station was built in the 1930s but has stood empty since 1983, desp...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
concepts, setting new standards for the interaction of buildings with their environ...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol is British Architect, cultural entrepreneur, and ...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
masterplans," "We have a public-private partnership with the city council and other...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Roger Madelin on Investment into Social Capital of the region
Zaha Hadid Architects...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
The visit to Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens exploring the futu...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
The creation of The Olympic Park was a park led development. It features wildlife h...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Leaders Meeting: Chairman, Xu Weiping, Chairman, ABP
Xu Weiping, Chairman, ABP high...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
Site Tour : Canary Wharf : Business District
We got a peek into Canary Wharf which ...
The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014
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Summary : London 2015- Leaders Study Program

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Super inspiring week in London meeting key leaders and studying transformative urbanism ideas from the city.
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Summary : London 2015- Leaders Study Program

  1. 1. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 The Urban Vision Bulletin A Summary of urban innovations from London
  2. 2. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Peter Murray, chairman at NLA, heralded the 2014 Leaders Study Program with an overview of London’s part, present & future Developments at the Building Centre. The highly acclaimed giant 1:1500 scale model of central London with highlights all the recent and proposed planning submissions, including the Olympic Park & Kings Cross was the highlight of this session Gerard Lyon Chief Economic Advisor to Mayor of London and one of UK’s Leading Economists gave an insight on how to leverage urbanization for the right model of Economic Development. His talk featured economic rationale and secrets of the London’s economy power.
  3. 3. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Peter Bishop who was the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio and the past Director at the London Development Agency challenged our preoccupation with long-term strategies and masterplans and questioned our ability to achieve these in the face of increasing resource constraints and political and economic uncertainty. He highlighted the ideas of alternative approach to master planning is beginning to emerge in London. George Nicholson , Chairman of Trustees and Chairman of the development committee at Borough Market & Director Coin Street Community Builders met with us chronicled the history of Barough Market .In the past decade Borough Market, selling every culinary delight from epicure pork pies to smoked fish from the west coast of Ireland and oysters from Colchester, has become one of London’s major tourist attractions, with most real Londoners now knowing to turn up early to avoid the crush
  4. 4. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Borough was Britain’s attempt to create a market that would stand with the best of Europe - places like the Bocqueria in Barcelona or the Marche Bastille in Paris that seem to sum up the difference between continental and British food. In the late 90s, when Borough began its modern transformation into a food retailing phenomenon, traditional markets were has- beens and of no consequence to local or central government. Farmers’ markets were just coming to life - the first one in Bath was held in 1997, but to policy makers they were just niche add-ons for the middle classes. Town planners looked at the country’s old central market places and just saw lucrative development opportunities for supermarkets, offices, upmarket flats and chain shops. Borough is now one of London’s main tourist attractions and that’s driven out many of the shoppers who made the market a success. And because most of the excited hordes are now not carrying shopping bags, hot food to go is a much bigger part of the market than it used to be. Rents for the shops and the big permanent stalls have risen in recent years and all but one of the wholesale traders have moved out. Some of the original traders say their relationship with the market’s management has broken down and they no longer feel like Borough’s most important asset.
  5. 5. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 One Tower Bridge is situated on one of the last great riverside sites in London.
  6. 6. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 This walking tour is led by Architect Camilla Ween, Former Advisor to Mayor of London and showcased the transformation of a derelict waterfront area into one of London’s leading Cultural districts.We were given insights into a power station transformed into an art gallery. A tea warehouse converted into luxury apartments. Derelict industrial sites and depressed neighbourhoods have been replaced with iconic buildings and new cultural quarters. But regeneration is not just about new buildings. Behind the scenes there is also a web of political decisions and power struggles. Bank . Architect Camilla Ween, former advisor London’s mayor, walked us from The Shakespearian replica of the Globe theatre through the pedestrian Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall and down to the London eye. South bank, in its full sunset splendour will be the closing image of this long day of learnings.
  7. 7. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Philipp Rode , Director , LSE Cities shared insights with a detailed focus on India & Mumbai brings its urban growth into perspective with global trends to reframe how one of India’s largest and most dynamic cities is understood. Learning from innovations in Design, Strategy & Development in London”. The list of speakers included: Lawrie Robertson (BuroHappold), Colin Wilson (Greater London Authority), Sanjiv Gohil (CZWG), Harbinder Birdi (Hawkins brown), Neil Deeley (Metropolitan Workshop), Michael Dillon (HKR Architects), Angela Brady (Brady Mallilieu), Eric Reynolds (Urban Space Management), David West (SEW Architects), Buckle Robin (Transport for London).
  8. 8. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 The Princes Foundation HQ building tour was a fascinating case study that makes visible how heritage buildings could be preserved and readapt to modern uses, preserving its age qualities. Tom Perry of the Foundation gave us a short talk on Frameworks & Principles of design, architecture & development which primarily focused on princiles of mixed income , walkable mixed-use places served by public transport.
  9. 9. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 The Mixed Income development Highbury Gardens was named one of the winners New Homes Awards; "London's Property Oscars". This project showcased that new mixed income housing can fit into and enhance a London neighbourhood, by fitting into the neighbourhood while providing contemporary comfort and features. The multimillion pound urban regeneration project also includes office and retail space to encourage local business in Islington. Ashish Mishra of SA Creative Labs highlighted the value of creative districts and how to create and enable them in your city. We started the creative realm tour at Barbican
  10. 10. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 which is mixed use development with an anchor cultural centre. We also explored Shoreditch which is Europe’s famous tech hub & the vibrant creative district of London .It is home to a vibrant and colourful culture of world famous street art (including Banksy) , murals, cafes, bars, galleries, restaurants, fashion and markets. Creative districts are becoming the most popular neighbourhoods in any city. Deemed the cultural or often arts quarter this area in a particular city is thriving with artists, galleries, theatres and dance halls. These areas are often encouraged by public policy-making and planning, including the injection of capital into urban revival. However, at the genesis of these chic districts is the artists and creative’s themselves.
  11. 11. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Battersea Power Station was built in the 1930s but has stood empty since 1983, despite many failed attempts to revelop the site. Now, a Malaysian consortium of investors called the Battersea Power Station Development Company has bought the station, and is turning it into a luxury accommodation and leisure development. We visited one of the most influential architecture practices of our time. We got a studio tour and learnt about the working style as well as meet with key leaders and explore some of their latest projects .The Group explained their design process which are based on ecology -conscious
  12. 12. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 concepts, setting new standards for the interaction of buildings with their environment. Fosters also invited us into their materials Lab , 3 D Printing Studio & the model making workshop
  13. 13. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol is British Architect, cultural entrepreneur, and the first elected Mayor of Bristol. Bristol is UK’s IT & Creative Industry Hub. Ferguson has been described as "a prime mover for change in attitude to planning and redevelopment in the South West region and beyond. He started his talk by warning us to not copy western ideas and be seduced by imagery of the west. He said: “ My idea of good architecture is about creating place. It's not about providing glitzy iconic buildings, competing one against the other, but how we use the best of what we've go.” This Site Tour featured Central London biggest construction project. The 67 acres King's Cross is the largest & most complex redevelopment in Central London - 50 new buildings, 20 new streets, 10 new parks and squares, 45000 people by 2016.We got an inside look into this ambitious project and got insights on development politics , complex partnerships & design and long term vision of this transformative development. Roger Madelin , CEO of Argent explained “ We wanted to create a place where people wanted to come, We prefer mixed use, which spreads the risk, and multi-phase schemes, where we can create our own place and environment if there isn't a good one to feed into, King's Cross is a framework that will have several
  14. 14. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 masterplans," "We have a public-private partnership with the city council and other private sector owners and occupiers," he said. "We are looking at the public realm and its management and design, including the shopfronts. I know this is a cliche, but the place can add more value than individual buildings. This is why we want to retain part-ownership of everything we develop." "I am a firm supporter of democracy and we have a planning system that, rightly, has been devolved to the local level. But it has a built-in attitude to oppose. If we accept that some new homes, schools and offices are required, how can we speed up the process or change it to enable local politicians to be able to say to the electorate that this is a good thing? reveals Madelin. In conclusion, the visionary developer who has invested more than the requisite social infrastructure said “ You can either embrace complexity or fight it. We embraced it and made it works for us”
  15. 15. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Roger Madelin on Investment into Social Capital of the region Zaha Hadid Architects Studio is among the most famous starchitects known for the creation of contemporary iconic architecture. The studio experiments with architectural design, exploring the latest technological and material innovations. We will walk through the studio to explore their design processes and practices; study some key projects and meet the key leaders.
  16. 16. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 The visit to Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens exploring the future of cities showcased global trends and challenges, alongside existing technological solutions to build environmentally sustainable, livable and prosperous cities. Across ten zones, the exhibition encouraged us to change the way we all think about our cities, now and for future generations. Through interactive exhibits, films, and animations you can explore a range of issues including city trends, urban planning, smart buildings, safety and security, energy, water, healthy life, environment, and mobility. Case studies from cities around the world share innovative ideas. The ‘Future Life’ theatre invites us to imagine how cities might look in 2050.
  17. 17. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 The creation of The Olympic Park was a park led development. It features wildlife habitat, imaginative art installations, and sports venues, including the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, and Velodrome dotted with housing. Landscape Designers from Atkins led this tour and shared the visions of restoring a river and transforming a former industrial land, much of it contaminated through years of industrial neglect to create 100 hectares of parklands that provided a celebratory setting for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the Legacy Park for generations to come..
  18. 18. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Leaders Meeting: Chairman, Xu Weiping, Chairman, ABP Xu Weiping, Chairman, ABP highlighted collaboration opportunities and shared insights and into the £1bn plan to transform London's Royal Albert Docks into a European headquarters for Asian Business by ABP, one of China’s large developers. Mr.Xu showcased the plan to transform London’s historic docklands into the capital’s next business district, forging new trade links with China and other economies in the Asia-Pacific region and securing billions of pounds of inward investment in the UK economy. ABP is among the largest developers in China and have recently completed a large development of around 15 million square feet in Beijing, while their Shenyang project in north-eastern China is even larger, with plans for 75 million square feet when complete. This project is said to be hugely significant for both the Chinese and UK economies. “My vision is to develop a world class international business district which will initially target Asian businesses to help them secure a destination in London, which in China is seen as the gateway to both the United Kingdom and the wider European economy. Our plans aim to strengthen trade between east and west, provide new local jobs and deliver benefits for the wider London and UK economy.” Said Mr. Xu.
  19. 19. The Urban Vision Bulletin October 2014 Site Tour : Canary Wharf : Business District We got a peek into Canary Wharf which transformed from a port to a major European financial district .Dan Ringelstein, Director of Urban Design and Planning at SOM who worked on the planning of Canary Wharf lead the tour . The tour showcased architectural designs of Foster & Partners, Cesar Pelli and SOM and gave insights on the integration of transport, retail and residential, and the challenge of building surrounded by water. Thames River Architecture Cruise We concluded the program with an evening journey down the River Thames exploring the key landmarks that contribute to making London such a vibrant and –dynamic city.
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