If you’re based in Dunedin, here’s a great event you might like to attend. Dr John Montgomery, an urban planner, economist, author and managing director of Urban Cultures in the UK, is set to deliver a public lecture this Friday on the economy, culture and design of cities.
Montgomery is recognised as one of the leading authorities on the 'evening economy' (business, enterprise and transactions that take place in the evening) and his work includes such projects as the Greater London Development Plan, the London Industrial Strategy and the London Infrastructure Plan, the drafting of the City of Melbourne's Arts and Cultural Strategy, the regeneration of Hobart's waterfront, and a development framework for Darling Harbour East in Sydney. He also advised the Irish government on the creation of a cultural quarter in Dublin, an area now regarded across Europe as an innovative and modern urban planning initiative.
And if you’re wondering what’s brought him Down Under, it’s all part of the Dunedin City Council’s (DCC) ‘Your City Our Future’ community engagement programme, which seeks to determine what sort of city residents want to live in,20 years down the road. While in Dunedin, Montgomery will also work with the DCC on its Central City Plan.
Date: Friday September 16
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
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