15-minute cities: Connecting places to people
The concept of 15-minute cities has gained traction in places as diverse as Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Melbourne. Advocates say this approach can create long-term economic growth for urban centres but critics fear it would widen inequalities in communities.
So what could this concept mean for the UK in terms of fairness, equality and levelling up? How can the UK embrace repurposing and retrofitting yet retain the historic and uniqueness of places? Join us at UK REiiF to hear what more can be done to increase collaboration between the public and private sectors to connect spaces to people, and establish healthier and happier places to live.
Join EG and Landsec as we delve into the concept of 15-minute cities and its potential to encourage economic growth.
Acting chief executive, Lewisham Council
Daothong is acting chief executive at Lewisham Council, having joined the authority as executive director of housing, regeneration and public realm. During her time at Lewisham, Daothong has overseen the council’s approach to inclusive growth, alongside the delivery of a number of essential housing and environmental services to residents. She has 20 years’ experience across housing, regeneration and the environment, having worked at the Greater London Authority, London Legacy Development Corporation and a number of local authorities in London. She sits on the housing advisory panel for New London Architecture.
Chief executive, U+I, a Landsec company
Hood is an experienced developer whose expertise focuses on delivering complex design, development and build projects, often via partnerships between the public and private sectors. He leads Landsec’s regeneration arm and is responsible for driving forward the portfolio of transformative mixed-use regeneration projects across the UK. Prior to joining U+I in 2020, Hood was managing director at Capital & Counties, where he led the 77-acre, £10bn Earls Court project and subsequent sale and spearheaded major, award-winning heritage and restoration projects for Capco’s prestigious Covent Garden estate. He trained in the UK and Netherlands as an architect.
Vice-chair, the Academy of Urbanism
Markides is experienced in the planning, design and management of major development projects, urban extensions and town centre regeneration schemes. He has also been involved in the design and supervision of infrastructure works. His specialist traffic expertise includes traffic impact studies for new development proposals, highway design, development of transport strategies and expert witness at planning inquiries. He set up Markides Associates in October 2016, which employs more than 30 transport planners and engineers. He was president of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation in 2017-18 and is currently a trustee. He is a founding member of the Academy of Urbanism. In 2014 he acted as planning commissioner for Cyprus.
Deputy chief executive (growth), South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership
Sacks is deputy chief executive (growth) for the South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership between Boston Borough Council, East Lindsey District Council and South Holland District Council. She has responsibility for growth which includes place, infrastructure, economic growth, skills and inward investment. Developing key relationships with businesses, private and public sector partners is an integral part of her role, ensuring opportunities within the SELCP geography are shared widely and the potential for collaboration to deliver growth is collectively understood. Sacks is also the lead chief officer on the Town Deal and Levelling Up funds and wider funding streams across the three authorities.
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