New London Architecture

NYLON: Activating streets


Thursday 05 May 2022
14:00 - 15:30

‘How can we transform streets to create connected communities?’ London and New York will share their thoughts on this question raised by the Urban Design Forum's ‘Streets Ahead’ forthcoming ideas platform.
The event starts at 14:00 (London) / 09:00 (New York)
In association with Center for Architecture and Urban Design Forum

Over the past two years, the COVID crisis has revealed new usages of the public realm and more particularly streets. With the closure of restaurants, stores, cultural venues, the streets have become places of research and creativity: no longer seen only as places of passage but as fields of experimentation. Various projects were set up all around the world and their success raises the question of the permanence of their installation and proposals to activate these new potential uses.
Business Improvement Districts, developing projects that are of benefit to local businesses and communities, can be successful tools. This can be illustrated by the Strand Aldwych project in London, which aims to transform a space mainly used by cars into a real public realm. The project set-up and construction phases are used here as an opportunity to test possible uses and activities. How can we develop a space that is both appropriable by local communities and highlights an international cultural and creative offer? 
London and New York will take this opportunity to share thought leadership forecasting how we can learn from these experimentations and propose new ways of using streets.  The live webinar will take place simultaneously in both cities at 09:00 in New York and 14:00 in London. This event forms a part of the NLA City Dialogues programme, which brings together speakers and audiences to foster cross-city dialogue and learning between cities.

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Speaker biographies

Peter Murray OBE

Co-Founder, NLA

Guillermo Gómez

Program Director, Urban Design Forum, New York

Katherine Fleming

Operations Director, The Northbank

Daniel McPhee

Executive Director, Urban Design Forum

Anabel Fernandez

Senior Associate Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Cannon Ivers

Director, LDA Design

May Yu

Vice President of Real Estate and Economic Development, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Cynthia Grant

Project Director, New West End Company

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