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Third Thursday: Fair Cities: guiding the built environment community to deliver fairer cities

DATE : 20 February 2020
LOCATION : Connected Places Catapult @ Urban Innovation Centre, 1 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0BE
START TIME : 6:00 pm END TIME : 8:00 pm

Our cities are not fair. Growing socio-economic disparities, historic distrust in development and the climate crisis are just a few of the roadblocks standing in the way today, and the problem will only get worse over the next decade.

What can we do, as an industry, to begin to address this?Connectivity, resources and capacity for cross-sector collaboration is at an all-time high. Now is the time for the built environment community to rethink how we approach the issue of fairness in its many forms in our cities, and how we can improve the quality of people’s lives through improving the built environment.

We aim to create a space where conversations about conceiving, delivering, operating and managing fair cities can take place. Where we can have an honest dialogue between communities, developers, action groups, investors, local authorities and architects. Through inclusive discussion, working groups and knowledge sharing, we can plug the gaps in knowledge and policy to overcome the hurdles that obstruct positive change in our cities.

This event is organised by Connected Places Catapult, PLP Labs and Gehl. During the panel discussion, speakers will be asked to share their expertise and consider new possibilities for some of the most pressing problems affecting our cities: responding to climate change; addressing social inequality; tackling rapid urbanisation; providing access to quality housing, healthcare and opportunities; rethinking governance in the digital age; and, understanding what adds value in cities.


  • Moderator: Justin Kilger, Senior Urbanist (Architecture), Connected Places Catapult
  • Dr. Shira de Bourbon Parme, Co-Founding Director at ForeGrounds
  • Matt Bell, Director of Corporate Affairs at Grosvenor
  • Michael Edwards, UCL Teaching Fellow, The Bartlett School of Planning, Faculty of the Built Environment


18:00 – Registration starts
18.30 – Talks and panel dicussion
19.10 – Networking
20.00 – Event finishes