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Westminster Talks is proud to continue the series with a talk by Professor Michael Neuman.

Cities are humankind’s crowning achievements. They are moreover the largest and most complex artefacts humans have ever created. Infrastructures not only enable cities to prosper and grow to mega sizes of 25 million and more, they are key to their prosperity, sustainability, and their occupants’ well-being. Indeed, cities could not even exist without infrastructure. While London and England’s central government has made critical investments in infrastructure capacity in recent years, has it been enough? Has it been in the right places and for the best purposes?

Recent projects like the Crossrail, airport terminals, and the Thames Barrier; along with recent strategies such as the National Infrastructure Plan, have made important strides to keep pace. Yet in these uncertain and pivotal times what is being done to keep ahead of pace to maintain London’s leading position globally and within Europe? Certainly infrastructure has key roles to play, not least in maintaining and enhancing London’s connectivity and innovativeness.

Deriving lessons from leading global examples, as well as elaborating principles of interdisciplinary leadership and scientific evidence that are needed to advance the smartest and most strategic infrastructure for the built environment, Professor Neuman will address key questions that London and urban England face.

Professor Michael Neuman

Michael Neuman will join the University of Westminster in 2017 having previously been Professor of Sustainable Urbanism in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining UNSW, Michael was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, where he was founding Chair of the Sustainable Urbanism Program, former director of the Master of Urban Planning program, and founder of the Barcelona Semester Abroad program. He is founding principal of the Michael Neuman Consultancy.

He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and an MCP with a graduate Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include sustainable regions and communities, network infrastructure, governance institutions, and planning theory and history.

He is the author of numerous articles, reports, and plans translated into eight languages; and author/coauthor of The Futures of the City Region (Routledge, 2011), The Imaginative Institution (Ashgate 2010), Building California´s Future (PPIC 2000), and Coordinating Growth and Environmental Management Through Consensus Building (CPS 1994). Professor Neuman has been awarded Fulbright and Regents Fellowships, a Foreign Scholar Research Grant from the Generalitat de Catulunya (Spain), and best article awards in European Planning Studies (2005) and the Journal of the American Planning Association (1999). His professional and scholarly work has won numerous awards ranging from the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Science Foundation to the American Institute of Architects and the Spanish and Catalan governments.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception for all guests.

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