Growing Historic Cities:

A Symposium in conjunction with The URBED Trust and Oxford City Council, sponsored by Grosvenor Estates

The pressures on Britain’s historic towns – unaffordable housing, congestion and pollution, and an ageing population – are leading to demands for ‘smarter ‘growth.  These can include urban extensions and even new garden cities, and the possibility of using New Town Development Corporations to mobilise resources. There have been calls for fundamental rethinking on green belts, as well as countervailing lobbies to keep historic cities small.


Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX26P

There will be a small number of places reserved for invitees



This conference will draw together lessons from leading examples of recent growth in both the UK and Europe. It will enable local politicians, officers and professional practitioners to discuss how to secure quality investment while improving both the built and the natural environment.  A particular focus in be on funding local infrastructure, working with Local Authorities, and securing quality.


The event will feature case studies from three leading examples of historic cities that have benefitted from planned growth:


  • Cambridge, a world university , where new housing is being developed on land taken out of the greenbelt, linked by a Guided Busway, with business parks around the edge of the city
  • Grenoble, France’s premier science city, where five tram lines have enabled the city to expand, while the historic centre has become a place to relax, hosting offices of leading engineering companies
  • Freiburg, Germany’s award winning ‘Solar Capital’, where the new extensions of Vauban and Rieselfeld are influencing developments all over Europe

September 12 – Reception, Oxford Town Hall, the Old Library


18.00 Registration / networking / wine reception

18.30 Address – Pierre Kermen, Former Deputy Mayor of Grenoble, CEO of Innovia and SPLA Sages, The Grenoble Story

19.00 Response – Leader of the Council, Councillor Bob Price with Peter Thomson, Chair, Oxford Civic Society

19.15 Reception continues

20.00 Ends


September 13 – Symposium, Mawby Room, Kellogg College


8.30 Registration / coffee

09.00 Welcome and Introduction, Dr Noël James, HTF Director with Dr Nicholas Falk, Director, URBED

09.10 Welcome to Kellogg, Professor Jonathan Michie, President, Kellogg College, Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange & Research Centre Director


Session 1: Learning from Europe

09.20 Transferring Lessons from Freiburg, Craig McWilliam, Executive Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

09.40 Upgrading the Heart of Grenoble, Pierre Kermen, Former Deputy Mayor of Grenoble, CEO of Innovia and SPLA Sages, University of Grenoble

10.00  Learning from Europe and the Heritage Context, Steven Bee, Former Director of Planning and Development for English Heritage, and currently Chair of the Academy of Urbanism and Board Member of the Historic Towns Forum

10.20  Q&A

10.50 Tea/coffee/networking

Session 2 : Growth and the UK

11.20  Developing Viable Garden Cities, David Rudlin, Director, URBED and co-winner with Dr Nicholas Falk of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize

11.40  Delivering Well-Designed Garden Communities, Louise Wyman,Lead, Towns & Cities   Programme, Homes & Communities Agency

12.00  Growing Cities into the Countryside, Patsy Dell, Head of Planning & Regulatory Services, Oxford City Council, formerly Head of Planning, Cambridge City Council

12.20  Q&A

12.50 Lunch

13.50 Keynote: Growing Historic Cities, Professor Danny Dorling, author of All That is Solid and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

14.20 Q&A

14.30 Session 3: Workshops

     1.  Growth – including well-designed and affordable new housing, led byDavid Rudlin and

           Dr Stéphane Sadoux, Director, Centre for Research in Building Cultures, University of Grenoble

     2  Infrastructure and Connectivity – including building and funding public transport that

         replaces the car, led by Dr Nicholas Falk and Pierre Kermen

     3.  Green Spaces – including linking town and country better and the green belt issue, led by

           Steven Bee and Louise Wyman

    4.  Economy – including creating new knowledge-based jobs, led by Patsy Dell and Professor Gilles Novarina

15.30 Reconvene / tea / coffee & workshops feedback – 15 minutes each

16.30 Panel (made up from local MPs and Elected Members) response and discussion

17.15 Plenary

17.30 Wine reception

19.00 Ends



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