Squaring the Circle: How to Reconcile Apparently Impossible Contradictions in Contemporary Urban Policy
IFHP conference
January 17, 2013

On January 17, INTI attended INTI ambassador Sir Peter Hall’s lecture Squaring the Circle: How to Reconcile Apparently Impossible Contradictions in Contemporary Urban Policy followed by a roundtable panel discussion on Technologies for Tomorrow’s Smart Cities’ at the Crystal in London.

Both the lecture and the roundtable / panel discussion were held in the auditorium of ‘The Crystal’ the recently opened Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens in East London. The event was followed by a reception to mark the official start of IFHP’s Centenary year.

The lecture by Sir Peter Hall is the fourth in a series by well-known planners, policy-makers and other ‘urban thinkers’ organised by AESOP and IFHP in the framework of respectively their Silver Jubilee (2012) and Centenary (2013). The lecturers in the series have been asked to present their ideas on ‘new thinking’ and a ‘new vision’ for planning and territorial development under the general title ‘From Cities of To-morrow to a Tomorrow for Cities’. The aim is to provide inspiration in the search for answers to present-day and emerging challenges that are being faced by all professionals involved in the planning of our complex and dynamic urban settlements.