Lucy Musgrave speaks at the British Library on ‘The Unruly Subject of Urban Neighbourhoods: Research, intelligence and process in urban change’
Lucy Musgrave was invited to speak as part of lecture series, ‘Rethinking Public Value & Public Purpose’ by the British Library and the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL hosted by Marianna Mazzucato.
Lucy spoke about urban change in London; it’s current condition, its inherent complexity and its capacity for change. She also spoke more broadly about how we can work to ensure that cities can meet the needs of current and future generations, while also enriching a shared sense of civic life.
The lecture covered the dual symbolic and spatial role of the public realm and the loss of ‘friendly’ urban spaces, such as pubs and libraries. Lucy spoke of the increased appetite and sophistication within London’s public and private sector to ensure that new developments go beyond short-term financial gain to seek a broader, long-term value and purpose through urban change.
A lively Q&A followed the lecture covering a broad range of issues that included global capital flows; the gathering of civic data in New Orleans; social urbanism in Medellin; a call to arms for investment in informal spaces; and London’s once-in-a-generation opportunity to join other global river cities in realising the social, cultural and economic potential of its river.
Read more about the lecture here.
Posted: 5 July 2018