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The company Neolith®, which produces Sintered Stone, is organising this event in a series of roundtables in different countries. The aim of these roundtables is to learn from the immediate situation we each find ourselves in currently, and begin to analyse together how the future of social and public life might unfold.There are new pressures on the way we use our homes, and challenges to using the physical spaces outdoors. As we begin to reuse schools, shops and workplaces yet more physical and social challenges will emerge. We will debate the responses in architecture, interior design and urban development in the short and medium-term.
We will first introduce ourselves and discuss how well we are handling new living and working from home situations in our own practices, and what approach we will advocate to those we will be advising on using space, based on health, social, environmental and other aspects. What solutions are architects looking at? What are the property and real estate implications in a world that is rapidly being converted to virtual events and online activities?. We trust that, together, we can contribute some positive analytical thoughts in order to find answers for the future. As this has not yet been covered, we will also look at the retail future.
How will our streets evolve in the new normal?
The aim of these conversations is to learn from the immediate situation we each find ourselves in currently, and begin to analyse together how the future of social and public life might unfold.
As we change to a new way of working and living, we see new pressures on the way we use our homes, and challenges to using spaces outdoors. As we begin to reuse streets, schools, shops and workplaces, yet more physical and social challenges are emerging. We will debate responses in architecture interior design and urban development, share our experiences in the short term, then think about the longer term developments as we go forward. What solutions are architects looking at? What are the property and real estate implications in a world following a few months of virtual events and online activities? How are our streets changing?”
Elizabeth has degrees in Physics, Economics and Ecology, and studied urban design at Oxford Brookes University. She has an MBA from Cass Business School London and is a Fellow of the RSA. She has worked in planning and asset management for several local authorities and was one of the planners in YRM Architects & Planners in the 1990s.
Elizabeth has run the planning and communications consultancy Core Connections Ltd. since 2004, following a stint managing a town centre regeneration programme called Centre Vision and starting the assessment tool Building for Life for the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit and CABE. Currently she is helping on a Neighbourhood Plan for a town-wide Linear Park in Norfolk, is just starting on a project advising a client on a mosque I a listed building complex, and is helping two purchasers with planning on small plots for new houses in suburban estates.
Trevor is Ktesius’ Development Director and has also recently set up his own company. He has over 30 years of experience in developing residential projects. His experience extends through acquisitions, the planning process, contracting and all aspects of property development & sales.
Trevor has a Bachelors Degree in Town & Country Planning and a MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from Oxford University.
Alistair Barr founded Barr Gazetas in 1993 and has led the practice in terms of design, management ever since. The nurturing of new projects is one of his key areas of interest. Alistair is a Civic Trust Judge, Lead Assessor for the Academy of Urbanism Great Streets Awards and a Design Council Built Environment Expert. He is also a Director of the Academy of Urbanism. He has delivered talks about ‘agile working’ at an office conference, which has led to detailed research in this area.
Alistair is thinking about the prestigious Regent Street in Central London and its retail future – and what could be an exciting change if manufacturing were to return to the side street retail units that could become empty. Two articles by Alistair looking at Regent Street’s future were recently published in the Journal of the London Society.
Alistair prepares a painting each year for a charity auction, and is a drummer in three bands.
Tim is director and founder of nimtim architects, starting the practice in 2014 alongside partner Nim. Tim is a teaching practitioner at the newly formed Reading School of Architecture. A UK qualified architect since 2008, Tim has worked at OMA in Rotterdam and David Chipperfield architects in London. Prior to setting up nimtim architects, Tim was senior architect at RCKa where he was project architect for the RIBA award-winning TNG Youth Centre in Lewisham.
Tim studied at Oxford Brookes University, the Bauhaus Universtat in Weimar and the University of Westminster. He continues to write on architecture and has had articles published in academic quarterlies, local journals and design magazines.
Tim enjoys cooking and eating good food, playing football and, when it will again be possible, travel.
Esther Kurland is a planner and urban designer by background. She worked for 10 years in local authorities in policy, development control and design and conservation planning posts. Esther then moved to the GLA where she worked on the built environment aspects of the first London Plan before moving to CABE to lead on planning issues in 2003.
Esther has been Director of UDL since 2005. Since that time she has worked to develop and improve UDL’s programme, working closely with core partners TfL, the GLA, London boroughs and many others to support and encourage good design in the capital. During 2018 she was on secondment to TfL to head their Urban Design service
Esther has been part of a wide range of Design Review panels, steering groups and advisory committees. Through these she has learnt from, and hopefully helped improve, all sorts of projects including Crossrail stations, Thames Tunnel’s new riverside mini parks, council housing estate renewal projects, historic garden improvements, major.