Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and friends.

FS_21 Public Air Space with 'This is not a Gateway' Salon, Monday 24th Sep 2007 at 19.00

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THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY SALONS presents: PUBLIC AIR SPACE
Hosted by PUBLIC WORKS

Monday 24TH September 2007
18:30 for 19:00 Start

From Stonehenge, to churches to university spires; houses of parliament to central railway stations and public housing projects; tall buildings have been expressions of public, civil and religious life. There is no doubt this has changed. Does this change matter? What is their new potential?

London's skyline has transformed in the last five years and is likely to continue to do so for another five. Only a few times each century do cities go through such focussed and prolific production and re-development. In its rush, each "boom" forges a transformation on the morphology of the city for future generations to read.

This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) asks should everyone in the city have access to a horizon? Should this access be policy in the London Plan? Might these spaces articulate the new multiculturalism and 24hr clock of cities? Could "public spaces in the sky" be our new Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest or Queen's Park?

Dedicated to creating arenas for emerging voices related to cities, across cultures and disciplines TINAG coordinates bimonthly salons, annual festival, publications and an online library.

On this occasion we are delighted to be joined by four outstanding urbanists to consider and reconsider the relationships between tall buildings, amenity and public spaces - what they might be, what they might mean; in the air, up in the sky, in the city. PUBLIC AIR SPACE speakers:

Léa Ayoub (Researcher, Robert Tavernor Consultancy, LSE)
Paul Goodwin (Re-visioning Black Urbanism, CUCR Goldsmiths College)
Lina Gudmundsson (Urban Designer, Design for London )
Indy Johar (Architect, Zero Zero Architects)

To download a pdf press release click here ->tinag-public-air-space-salon-press.pdf