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Week Two: March 15 2012 6pm to 8.15 pm

CHAIR: Phil Crabtree

Phil Crabtree was appointed Chief Planning Officer at Leeds City Council in January 2007.  He is responsible for one of the busiest planning services in the UK. 

He is also responsible for Planning Policy, Conservation and Sustainable Development and the recently published Draft Core Strategy.  Phil is closely involved in a number of major development projects including retail proposals in conjunction with Hammersons and Land Securities, together with associated infrastructure and the new Leeds Urban Eco Settlement.

Prior to joining Leeds City Council, Phil worked for Birmingham City Council for over 20 years in the fields of economic policy, regeneration, local planning and development management.  He was closely involved in the redevelopment major City Centre schemes such as the Bull Ring, Martineau Galleries, canal side regeneration and city centre living.

Phil is an external examiner and Honorary Teaching Fellow for the new Masters Degree in Town Planning at the University of Birmingham and a member of the Planning Advisory Service Steering Group.  He was the founder and first chair of the Core Cities Planning Group.

SPEAKER ONE: Will Matthews, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Born in 1968, Will studied architecture at the University of Sheffield.  In 1994 he started working with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and was made associate in 2003.  He has worked on an impressive portfolio of buildings including: the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, the Potsdamer Platz Theatre / Casino in Berlin, Central St Giles in London.  Since 2001 he has been project architect on the Shard / London Bridge project.

SPEAKER TWO: Gordon Young, artist

Gordon Young is one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of public art. With over 20 years experience he has created projects as diverse as a series of 20m sculptural/climbing walls in Blackpool, a forest of typographic trees in Crawley Library, a Wall of Wishes in a Bristol school, and a cursing stone in Carlisle.

Gordon’s latest and most ambitious project to date is the Comedy Carpet, an 1,880m2 granite typographical pavement made up of jokes, songs and catchphrases of comedians and writers which will be permanently installed on the new promenade in front of Blackpool Tower.

Gordon has a collaborative approach to working and has built up over the years strong and fruitful relationships with a diverse range of people from architects, landscape architects, graphic designers and engineers to foresters, cyclists, librarians, ornithologists, historians and code breakers.

Public art is not only about ideas and concepts, it is also about delivering on time, in budget and of the highest quality. Gordon has a close and committed team of artists and producers and together they have a proven track record in realising ambitious projects of the highest quality within given timescales and budgets.

SPEAKER THREE: Wulf Daseking

Wulf Daseking has been the director of the city planning office in Freiburg, Germany, since 1984, and, for six years before that, held a similar role in Müllheim/Ruhr. In Freiburg, Wulf Daseking is responsible for the development and implementation of more than 100 development plans, the development of citizen participation concepts and the setting of 75 public design competitions, some of which have had exemplary outcomes.

He is a member of the Architectural Association for the Sate of Baden-Württemberg, the Association of German Architects, the Academy of Urban Development and Regional Planning in Berlin, and the Association of German Cities and Towns/Working Group on Urban Planning. He is also an honorary member of the Academy of Urbanism. He is a professor at the University of Freiburg and Associate professor at the Academy of Administration and Economy in Freiburg.

Wulf Daseking’s personal understanding of the concept of the city

Since the beginning of my activities as a planner I have been advocating the development of dense, heterogenic cities, an urban development orientated on public transportation, a decentralised urban development, a city of short distances in social equilibrium with differentiated citizen participation.

Development processes have to include all stages of urban planning from concept stage to the final, detailed implementation – an all-round approach to urban planning! Seen in this context, planning seizes to be exclusively governed by budgets and becomes a question of attitude. The ruling principle is to achieve a balance between economy, ecology, cultural diversity, and most importantly of social aspects. Urban planning is to a great extend social planning!


LIYHB will be staging a showcase of work by landscape practices from across the region in the Rosebowl Foyer space, straight after 4 x 4 Week 2. Free refreshments will be available. Kindly sponsored by Marshalls plc.

see http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/yorkshirehumber/

Phil Crabtree

Gordon Young

Wulf Daseking

Will Matthews