On behalf of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) we would like to invite you to a lecture by

ProfessorSir Peter Hall

Squaring the Circle: How to Reconcile Apparently Impossible Contradictions in Contemporary Urban Policy

which will take place at The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks,1 Siemens Brothers Way
at 13:30 on Thursday 17th January 2013 in London.


The Crystal

Royal Victoria Docks,1 Siemens Brothers Way, London.

The Crystal is easily accessible by public transport (DLR, Emirates Cable Car)

AESOP and IFHP wish to express word of gratitude to the co-organizers of the 4th Lecture: The Crystal - The Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens.

We warmly invite both the AESOP and IFHP communities to join the lecture and the roundtable workshop. We are very interested in hearing your input at the event!
Please register to the event here.

Download your invitation. Please send our poster to your colleagues and students.

This is the fourth event in the Lecture Series by well-known planners, policy-makers and other ‘urban thinkers’, which is being organised by AESOP and IFHP in the framework of respectively the Silver Jubilee (2012) and Centenary (2013). The lecturers have been asked to present their ideas on ‘new vision’ for planning and territorial development. The lecture will be rounded off with a question and answer discussion with the audience.

Professor Sir Peter Hall is a leading British academic, author, advisor and consultant on a whole range of urban development and planning issues and Chair of Planning at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, UCLDirector of the Institute of Community Studiesand President of the TCPA.

The lecture will be followed by a roundtable panel discussion where invited experts from the private, public and civic sectors will engage in a dialogue with participants on the application of new technologies in the pursuit of smarter cities.


There is an apparently-irreducible and impossible set of contradictions in urban policy across the developed world – and, increasingly across the developing world – between policy constraints, policy aspirations and the reality of socio-economic trends:

Policy constraints: climate change, almost everywhere recognised as a reality, is compelling policymakers to develop new guidelines;

Policy aspirations: these guidelines involve land use policies to reduce the need to travel and the substitution of more sustainable travel modes (public transport, cycling, walking) for automobile dependence;

Socio-economic trends: despite interesting recent contra-trends (‘peak car’, urban renaissance), the overwhelming trend everywhere is to continuing urban deconcentration.

Is it possible to reconcile these basic contradictions? Maybe, but the answer may vary greatly, depending on the basic political realities in different kinds of country across the world.


13:30-14:00 Registration

14:00-15:00Lecture by Professor Peter Hall


15:30-15:50Coffee Break

15:50-17:45Roundtable workshop Technologies for Tomorrow’s Cities

Panellists are:
Martin Powell, Head of Sustainable Urban Development from Siemens UK;
Dr Rick Robinson, Smarter Cities Executive from IBM;
Jo Negrini, Director for Strategic Regeneration, Planning & Olympic Legacy and Strategic Commissioning & Community from the London Borough of Newham;
Dr Kiril Stanilov, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

Moderator: Lee Shostak, Chair of the TCPA Board

17:45-18:00 Formal launch of IFHP Centenary


The lecture and discussion between Professor Peter hall and the participants will be transmitted live online on both the AESOP and IFHP websites.

We at AESOP and IFHP look forward to seeing you in London on 17th January!