The Information Project is organising a programme of debates featuring high profile architects, developers, planners, politicians and London based broadcasters, thinkers and writers.

Debate 1: Who owns culture? Park, space, building took place on 30 April at 7:30pm, Salvation Army Worship Hall, Westow Street, Upper Norwood. You can see the video of the debate here:

Chair: Cany Ash, founding partner of multi-award-winning architects, Ash Sakula


Douglas Murphy – architect and writer, his blog covers architecture, music politics and philosophy and he is the architecture correspondent for Icon Magazine

Val Shawcross, London Assembly member for Southwark and Lambeth

Tom Brown, an author, his novel Strange Air is a chilling Victorian fairytale set in Crystal Palace park

Gus Zogolovitch, managing director, Solidspace – an established design-led developer

Debate 2 – Play / Space: innovation in the 21st century metropolis took place on the 28th of May.

Katharine Heron, Professor of Architecture, University of Westminster – Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster and Director of AmbikaP3 -board member of many institutions including The Arts Council of England (Visual Arts Panel

David Burchett, operations manager, Learning through Landscapes – Play Space Expert and adviser to schools – Play Out! – Fruit-full Schools project

Carlos Cortes, visual and movement artist whose practice involves public space and communities – dance – space – art

Tim Gill, writer and consultant, Rethinking Childhood – No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society – Children’s Play Council – Making Play: Adventures in Creative Play Through Contemporary Art

Debate 3 – History & Legacy: in the shadow of dinsosaurs will take place on the 2oth of June at at 7:30pm, Salvation Army Worship Hall, Westow Street, Upper Norwood.

Dr John Bold, Reader in Architecture, former Head of Architecture for the Royal Commission on the Historical
Monuments of England

Leo Hollis, historian & urbanist, ‘cities are good for you’

Peter Wynne Rees, Professor of Places and City Planning, The Bartlett, UCL

Wendy Shillam, Director, Urbaneye  architect, town planner, urbanist, writer and thinker



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