Festival of the Future City

The Future of British Cities

Festival of the Future City


Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015

Some British cities have transformed themselves over the past decade. But how do cities compare? And how do we stop successful cities destroying themselves? Festival of Ideas asked two leading journalists to look at cities and where they are working and not working: John Harris compares Bristol to Manchester, Plymouth and Bradford; Rowan Moore examines London and considers how cities can develop for all in the future.

Speaker biographies:

John Harris is a journalist and author who writes regularly for the Guardian about a range of subjects built around politics, popular culture and music.

Rowan Moore is architecture critic of the Observer and was named Critic of the Year at the 2014 UK Press Awards. He was previously a critic for the Evening Standard. He is also a trained architect, and was Director of the Architecture Foundation between 2002 and 2008. He is the author of Why We Build, which won the International Committee of Architecture Critics (CICA) Bruno Zevi Book Award in 2014.

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