World leaders Gehl architects are coming to Wokingham this month (Tuesday November 29) to discuss delivering top notch public spaces.
The high profile lecture, to be held at St Crispin’s School on London Road in Wokingham and starting at 7pm, will offer the chance for local people to hear about Gehl’s experience of delivering other public spaces.
World leaders in the fields of architecture, urban design and urban planning, Gehl put public space and life and the close relationship between people’s use of the space and the physical character and form of the built environment at the centre of their work. The practice has been responsible for projects all over the world, advising authorities such as Brighton and Hove, Melbourne, Dublin and Copenhagen on how to create flexible and attractive public spaces which work for the people that use them.
The regeneration of Wokingham town centre is a top priority for Wokingham Borough Council, which is committed to making the town an attractive place for residents, workers and visitors alike. Key to achieving the vision for Wokingham is the development of high quality streets and public spaces and sensitive design which respects the town’s heritage.
Henriette Vamberg, director at Gehl Architects, will share her experiences of delivering high quality urban environments and public spaces through a regeneration process.
Cllr Matt Deegan, executive member for community regeneration, said: "I am really excited that we have engaged Gehl Architects to deliver this lecture. Gehl Architects is one of the most respected and experienced architectural practices working in the public space field and have advised on places which constantly rank as some of the best locations to live and work in the world, for instance Brighton and Copenhagen."
Henriette Vamberg said: "It is now generally accepted that public life and regards for people in public space must have a key role in town and city planning. Not only has this sector been mismanaged for years, by now it is also realised how caring for people in the city is key in achieving more lively, safe, sustainable and healthy towns and cities, all goals of crucial importance in the 21st century."
The lecture is an open event with no need to book. St Crispin’s pupils will be offering catering at the event to raise money for their World Challenge trip.