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People power is the word on the streets

ICE News

AVISION for urban streets in 2025 provides the theme for this year's Urban Design Week (UDW), which starts on Monday.

This is set out in the ICE report Designing streets for people, to be launched on Thursday in Cardiff at the UDW's annual conference. Funding, administration and planning are pinpointed as the factors that must be managed if the UK is to enhance the quality of its public spaces.

The week begins with a prestige seminar at the ICE on Monday, chaired by Manchester University professor of town planning Michael Hebbert.

Speakers, including ICE President Mark Whitby, will aim to prove that municipal and civil engineers are active participants in the urban design renaissance and are 'taking a lead in the rediscovered art of place-making'.

On Tuesday it is the turn of Jan Gehl, professor of urban design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, who gives the Urban Design Alliance lecture 2002 on 'Winning back the public spaces:

the challenge of creating a human quality in the city'.

Gehl is the author of Life between buildings, Improving urban spaces and Public spaces & public life.

The lecture will be introduced by UDAL chairman Tim Gale.

The week ends on Sunday with National PlaceCheck Day.

Following a successful first run last year, the event encourages residents from communities all over Britain who are unhappy with their streets to band together and discuss proactive ways of improving their environment.

INFOPLUS Monday's prestige lecture begins at 2pm at the ICE.

Tuesday's UDAL lecture begins at 6pm at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. For more information on any event, e-mail elinor. goodchild@ ice. org. uk, call (020) 7665 2223, or visit the ICE website.

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