Ten Ideas for London's Public Space by Night

Is civicness incompatible with darkness? Ten proposals for London Public Space Charter in the night time


07:00pm, Tuesday, 23 January 2018


09:00pm, Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Standard: £15
Garden Museum Friend: £12
AF Member: £12
Students and under 25s: £5

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In response to Sadiq Khan’s pledge to establish a Public Space Charter, this evening discussion at the Garden Museum asks what kind of public space London should cultivate by night.

The arrival of the night tube has reinvigorated debate over how the city’s urban realm should respond to darkness. The GLA says London wants a holistic night-time economy, yet public parks and pedestrian routes continue to close after dusk. The vibrant life of public spaces we enjoy by day is often deemed threatening and disruptive by night? Is civicness incompatible with darkness?

Meanwhile can London's club culture survive the influx of luxury apartment blocks and their entitled whinging residents? Would a Berlin-like city which never sleeps mean liberation from arbitrary social norms of when it is appropriate to work, play and sleep?

Speakers include:

Heather Spurr (Shelter)
Phil Coffey (Coffey Architects)
Deborah Saunt (DSDHA)
Rut Blees Luxemburg (RCA) 
Catherine Rossi (Kingston)
Alan Miller (Night Time Industries Accosiation)
Marianne Mueller (Casper Mueller Kneer Architects)
John McRae (Orms)

Chaired by Travis Elborough