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.
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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Did you know…

Thirty years ago the London Docklands were a desolate place. Today we have a mini-city with 16m sq ft of offices and 1m sq ft of shops, employing more than 120,000 people, almost as many as the population of Cambridge and 50% more than the financial centre of Frankfurt.
How was this achieved? In addition to collaboration and political will, it's  all about the power of transport!
London Docklands is now connected with the DLR, the Jubilee line, Thameslink, Network Rail's overground network, Crossrail, HS1 and London City airport.
So, if Canary Wharf is the heart of the Docklands, transport constitutes the arteries and veins that link it to the rest of the world.
Source: Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group.