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Beginner’s Guide to Urbanism
June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A crash course in urban planning discussing many pressing issues facing current cities from suburbanisation and neglect of public space.
Increasing problems of space in urban environments have forced us to realise that solving small-scale building problems does little to improve the quality of life in a city. Czech / Japanese architect Osamu Okamura and Manijeh Verghese, Co-curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2021, provide a crash course in urban planning discussing many pressing issues facing current cities from suburbanisation and neglect of public space to the shrinking cities phenomenon, environmental degradation and the absence of political direction.
Inspired by Okamura’s book City for Everyone, and using their respective experiences from Prague and London, Okamura and Verghese share examples of good practice to help us understand what complicated, tightly packed and fragile organisms cities are and how to make them equitable and liveable.
Osamu Okamura is an architect, a Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec, and a member of the Prague City Council Committee for Art in Public Spaces. His book City for Everyone: A Manual of Urbanism for Beginners published by Labyrint was awarded the Bologna Ragazzi Award: New Horizons 2021 for the most innovative children’s illustrated book of the year.
Manijeh Verghese is the Head of Public Engagement at the Architectural Association, where she is also a Unit Master of Diploma 12, a seminar leader for the AA Professional Practice for Fifth Year course, and a member of the Senior Management Team.
FREE EVENT BUT REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY (see link below)
Organised by the Czech Centre London in collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture.