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Lecture by Professor Peter Wynne Rees CBE

15 October 18:30 - 20:00
Organized by: Architectural Moments Committee
Venue: , Ognisko Polskie, The Polish Hearth Club.
55 PRINCES GATE
SOUTH KENSINGTON
LONDON
SW7 2PN

A lecture by Professor Peter Wynne: “All Change and Mind the Gap - My Passion for London”.

 

“London has a 2,000 year history founded in commerce and has become one of the world’s leading centres of finance, culture and education. Rivalled only by New York as a world financial centre, with one of the most cosmopolitan populations, and hosting two of the world’s top 10 universities, this is a true World City.

 

In spite of its historic importance and current assets, London does not have an automatic right to its pre-eminent status. We are entering an era which heralds the greatest technological and social changes since the industrial revolution.

 

In these unsettling times we will need a life-raft to survive the waves and I put my trust in London to continue to adapt, as it has done over two millennia. Largely unplanned, this great city has survived plague, fire, bombing, financial crises and even politicians - our track record provides great optimism for the future."

 

Professor Peter Wynne Rees, DSc HC, BSc, BArch, BTP, FRIBA, FRTPI, FRSA Professor of Places and City Planning UCL Faculty of the Built Environment.

As City Planning Officer for the City of London, Professor Rees led the planning and regeneration of this world business and financial centre from 1985 to 2014. He lectures internationally, advises developers and cities around the world on urban planning and design, and makes frequent media appearances on these topics.

He was the subject of a BBC profile on “The Culture Show” and was included in the “Debrett’s 500” list of the most inspiring and influential people in Great Britain today. Numerous awards have recognised his achievements and, in 2015, he was appointed a CBE “for services to architecture and town planning”.

 

Availability:

Please get your free tickets through the Eventbrite (available from 02/10).

 

Programme:

18:30

Opening/Welcome by Jerzy Uklanski, Vice-Consul, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London and Clarinda Calma Expert for Science and Higher Education, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London.

 

19:00

 

Lecture on “All Change and Mind the Gap - My Passion for London” by Peter Wynne Rees followed by Q&A session.

 

20:00

 

Networking.