I was at the Academy of Urbanism Annual Review earlier this week, which Alan Baxter & Associates kindly hosted at their offices in Farringdon.
I’ve yet to go to an Academy event that hasn’t held my attention, stretched my knowledge and taught me something. It seems to me that this is mostly because the people who came together to form the organisation, and still give up their time to lead it, set a high standard but willingly share their knowledge with members from other disciplines, like me.
The key note speaker Tim Stonor, Director of AoU and Managing Director of Space Syntax, put to the meeting a deliberately challenging view, criticising Landscape Urbanism and presenting the threat it represents to the concept of the continuously connected city. I’m not going to try to paraphrase his excellent presentation but suggest you start to pick up on his views here. However, I think it’s fair to say that the idea of segmented cities with green wedges and corridors came off fairly badly in a fascinating evening of discussion with comment and views from across the range of the AoU membership.