Russell Wallis was one of the Academicians in the assessment team that visited two of the three shortlisted cities for the 2011 award.
Being part of an Academy of Urbanism (AoU) assessment team tests you both professionally and physically. A shared learning event, the team uses its combined experience to get under the skin of a place, to learn about local best practice and exchange our own knowledge and experience with that of our hosts. You listen a lot, you talk a lot, you learn a lot and you walk a lot, which inevitably leads to at least one of the group succumbing to a characteristic limp which the Lead Assessor Chris Balch assures me is known as Urbanist’s Leg. Read more →