The urbanist’s guide to the future of towns and cities

The world changed in March of 2020. How cities have moved forward and how they will continue to change in the coming months and years in response to the COVID19 crisis will determine their resilience, inclusiveness, and economic viability.  Through the lens of urbanism this session will look at how urban centres can be brought back to life, and even improved, using fresh thinking and by readjusting the assets we already have.  

RSUA has partnered with the Academy of Urbanism to deliver this one hour seminar with two renowned experts in urbanism.  The time will be equally divided with questions and answers at the end.  Drawing on their expertise participants will be introduced to urbanism and how it can help shape places here at home.

Course content

  • Session 1

Tim Stonor, Managing Director of Space Syntax, will share a range of best practices for so-called #Covid19Streets and what these changes to our streets and public spaces mean for the city of the future.

  • Session 2

Jaan Orvet believes that in times of large fundamental changes, we don’t always need to reinvent the solutions. Some of them have been hiding in plain sight. Common sense may not always have been used in the decisions that led to how the world was able to respond to the outbreak. Yet common sense and a human centred approach will bring strong, clear results as we rebuild and improve. Just as it always has.

  • Questions and Answers

Speaker info

Tim Stonor is an architect and urban planner who has devoted his career to the analysis and design of human behaviour patterns: the ways in which people move, interact and transact in buildings and urban places. He is recognised internationally for his work in the design of spatial layouts and, in particular, the role of space in the generation of social, economic and environmental value. Tim is the Managing Director of Space Syntax and a Director of The Academy of Urbanism. He is a Visiting Professor at The Bartlett, University College London, a Harvard Loeb Fellow and Deputy Chair of the UK Design Council. Jaan Orvet is a Human Centred Design Strategist and Partner at Manyone Asia in Singapore. He uses the power of design to identify opportunities to create services, spaces and tools that improve how we live life in urban centres.  Jaan is the co-author of State of Mind at Work and lectures at several universities including KTH Royal Institute of Technology