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What might we find there and who is it for?
The pandemic has accelerated changes to our high streets and there seems to be an acceptance that the public realm will be about people and places first rather than retail and high streets as we know them but what might we find when we venture out again?
Places don’t always need large scale interventions to affect change. Much of the discussion to date has been on converting high street retail space to residential and workspace but it’s important that solutions are bespoke and not a ‘one size fits all’.
If it’s not residential or workspace, what else might it be? What renewed civic and community purposes can the high street provide and what needs to change to enable this? What role will communities play in shaping the high street?
Join us for a panel discussion on what next for the high street with those who are exploring new approaches
Speakers include Vidhya Alakeson, CEO of Power to Change who regularly advises government on the role of community business in promoting regeneration; Robin Osterley, chief executive of the Charity Retail Association on the role of charity shops on the high street and their hopes for reopening; Chris Hildrey, founder of Hildrey Studio who have created ProxyAddress to support the homeless and Adam Walker, founder of Re:Curate, a consultancy repurposing urban buildings and spaces.
The event is chaired by Diane Cunningham of The Assembly Line and a London Society Trustee
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