Leicester Urban Observatory

Urbanism in focus: how we live together and Interact in Cities: Speaker Update

A Series of discussions promoted by Leicester Urban Observatory as part of Design for Life /Design Season 2022

Wednesday 12 October 2022

LCB Depot, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE

9:00–11:00 · Looking to learn about Leicester – Closed session for Colleges, led by Robert Harland (Loughborough University)  & Justin Webber (Leicester City Council)

12:00–14:00 · Introducing food’s urban graphic heritage – Public session, led by Robert Harland (Loughborough University).

Check out “URBANISM IN FOCUS: Working lunch: Introducing food’s urban graphic heritage” on Eventbrite!

Date: Wed, Oct 12 • 12:00 BST

Location: 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE

15:00–16:00 · Informal networking for PhD students undertaking research on urban issues in the LCB Depot cafe.

16:00–17:00 · Urban research across the region –Interactive discussion with contributions from Academics from De Montfort, Leicester and Loughborough Universities (Public session) 

Check out “URBANISM IN FOCUS: Urban research across the region – Public session.” on Eventbrite!

Date: Wed, Oct 12 • 15:00 BST

Location: 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE


18:00–20:00 · Urbanism in Focus: A public debate between built environment specialists on how we live together and interact in and around Cities (Public Session- booking required via Urbanism in Focus- How we live together and Interact in Cities Tickets, Wed 12 Oct 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite)

A Debate and Discussion with ‘urban practitioners’  –led by Grant Butterworth, Head of Planning Leicester City Council.

Speakers include:

Michael Hopkins is a Principal Planner in the Local Plans Team at Charnwood Borough Council.  Before working in local government he was a researcher in urban morphology at Birmingham University. He will provide a perspective on Urbanism reflecting on the relationship between Leicester, Leicestershire and Charnwood. He is interested in Urbanism as an emergent phenomenon linked to the parts and wholes that make up built form (bricks – walls – dwellings – street/neighbourhood – settlement) and the importance of difference and connections in its creation. He will explore  relationship of Leicester as the central city with Loughborough and the Soar Valley villages and how urban or not they are in terms of form and function.

Dave Singleton was originally a geographer and surveyor from the East Midlands. He stopped making maps and moved into landscape architecture some thirty years ago.  Latterly he has dabbled in urban design.  And even urbanism.  He set up DSA Environment + Design in Nottingham 2005.  DSA is currently working on a number of public realm projects including in Sheffield, Rotherham, Grimsby and a redesign of Maid Marian Way in Nottingham as well as several large housing schemes and healthcare settings.   Dave will introduce a perspective on Urbanism from the Landscape architect’s point of view. Dave teaches at Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham.  He is an author of Building for a Healthy Life and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.   His interest centres on how people engage with place, in particular the role of blue-green infrastructure in making places, and what this might mean for the health of people, creatures and the natural environment upon which these depend.  Dave considers Urbanism to be the study of people’s interaction with an urban (that’s to say in contrast to rural) environment.

Nils Feldmann set up Feldmann Architects after twenty years of working as a registered architect in London, Hamburg and Nottingham

Nils is currently the co-chair of the RIBA East Midlands region and a co-chair of the Design Review Panel for Design:Midlands.

His portfolio includes architecture, urban design and interiors with an emphasis on offices and housing for commercial and private clients.

Tickets available at Eventbrite here: Urbanism in Focus- How we live together and Interact in Cities Tickets, Wed 12 Oct 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

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