Academy of Urbanism

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 26 July 2017

Academy of UrbanismOn Wednesday 26th I was invited by the Academy of Urbanism to their mid-year Review and Reception where I met David Rudlin who is the Academy's new chair.
 
The Academy was set up approx. 12 years ago to "bring together the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners, engaged in the social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of our villages, towns and cities". As such the Academy's purpose is close to my own Presidential theme of Creating Better Places and it was agreed with David that we should seek to establish better collaboration between the Academy and CIHT, in the future.
 
Sue Percy and I met up with David Rudlin more recently. During the meeting we explored ways of the two organisations working more closely together. In fact, the Learned Society lecture at UCL, taking place on the Thursday 19 April is such an event as we have offered the opportunity to Academicians to participate.
 
July has shown me that not everything that my predecessor had warned me about is necessarily true! Steve had said to me that July is generally a quiet month; well, it has NOT been quiet. Nevertheless, I continue to enjoy every moment of it!
 

 

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