The future of cities in a post pandemic world, and why the planning system needs turning on its head

A talk by Dave Mann and Alex Yedigaroff
dxw and dxw

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As we reach the end of another lockdown in the UK, cue another debate about the future of cities. Some commentators predict the demise of cities in favour of suburban centres and smaller towns. While others think a correction in land values, house prices, and commercial rents could lead to a new golden age for the city.

Local planning has to be able to adapt. The pandemic has ruthlessly exploited existing fault lines in the UK, like the inequality and precarious employment that leads to poor public health outcomes. Whatever you believe about the future of cities, and whatever the politicians say, local plans have to find a way to be genuinely responsive to change if we are to create resilient communities in the future.

Hear from dxw MD Dave Mann and Head of Transformation Alex Yedigaroff about:

  • the opportunity for huge changes to the way people live in cities and its part in the recovery
  • the rise of the 15 minute city, with the rebirth of the suburban high street and low traffic neighbourhoods
  • the need for planning reform that actually delivers plans that can adapt to to rapid, unexpected changes

How can modern tools and design practices turn the planning process on its head?