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RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture 2011

Progressive Localism, Civic Capacity and the Role of Planning

  • This event took place on 6 October and was attended by 120 people. Professor Malcolm Grant, Provost of UCL, introduced the lecture, which was chaired by Professor Sir Peter Hall.
  • A podcast,the full text of the lecture and slides are available to download.

The RTPI is delighted to announce that Professor Patsy Healey (Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University) will give the RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Memorial Lecture from 6pm on 6 October 2011.

This lecture stepped back from the immediate politics surrounding localism and look at the wider context of a search for more progressive approaches to making places. Following Nat Lichfields emphasis on the role of planning as realising communities aspirations for the quality of place, the lecture looked at developing civic capacity to promote rich, integrated and pluralistic ideas of what place quality means. 

Professor Healey argued that planning, with its main focus on the governance of place, is one of the key arenas in which our democratic system is currently being tested. In this context, she discussed the potential of the localist agenda and identified what its more progressive directions might be. She also considered how these translate into the day to day of practices through which planning is carried out.

The Lecture was generously supported by Dalia Lichfield and kindly hosted by University College London (UCL).


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