Can the urban design of a city be sexist? Ageist? Racist?
The future of London depends on people choosing to live – and stay – in the city.
That means creating accessible and inclusive places where people can comfortably participate and belong. But the people making our cities, from politicians to architects, aren’t the most diverse group of individuals.
So how are we doing? What is the user experience of the city today? And how can we plan for the future, designing an inclusive city where citizens thrive? How do we make sure all voices are heard and perspectives are recognised? How will climate change aggravate the wealth and social gaps in the city, and how can we plan for it?
Danny Ball is a blind neuroscientist who studies how to develop urban spaces so they can be safely and independently used by all.
Sahra Bashir Mohamed is a data scientist working on initiatives such as diversifying tech finance and countering the effects of climate change in Africa with What Food Did.
Victoria Simpson is an architect and associate director at DLG Architects, most recently shortlisted for the RIBA Rising Star awards for driving the industry forward.
Christine Murray (chair) is the Editor-in-Chief of The Developer, founder of the Women in Architecture awards and former Editor-in-Chief of The Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review.
The evening is the fourth in a series of six debates organised by RTPI London and The London Society that look at different aspects of London's urban planning and how the process affects us all.
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