Welcome to the January 2023 edition of Here & Now, the Journal of The Academy of Urbanism.
In this issue we are sad to announce the passing of John Thompson, founder and Honorary President of the Academy. We will be preparing a special edition of Here and Now with memories of John, so please let us know if you would like to contribute.
Also in this edition we explore how Lima is tackling its congestion with Julie Plichon, and Giovanni Zayas of the World Bank. We also hear from Kelcey Wilson-Lee about a change of emphasis at the Architectural Heritage Fund. There is a report on this year’s awards with a sonnet from Ignacio Jáuregui Real in Málaga inspired by Ian MacMillan. Francis Newton reviews the Great Place Category and in future editions we will review the other shortlisted places. We have a multiple book reviews from Nicholas Falk exploring how we bring about change, plus Andreas Markides on what philosophy can tell us about garden cities.
All this plus four new ARTplaces and eight MyPlaces curated by John Mullin.
In memory of John Thompson, 1944 – 2022
We are hugely saddened to learn of the passing of John Thompson, after a long illness.
The coastal Peruvian capital is renowned for both its gastronomy and its congestion. Following a recent trip to Lima, Julie Plichon and Giovanni Zayas reflect on the power of active travel in urbanism.
Communities and Historic Buildings
The Architectural Heritage Fund is changing. Kelcey Wilson-Lee describes its change of focus from aesthetics and the celebration of ‘great men’, to the role historic buildings can play in supporting communities.
The Urbanism Awards
A review of this year’s awards including all the winners and shortlisted places plus a sonnet by Ignacio Jáuregui Real from Málaga
Francis Newton reviews the three places assessed for the great places award all of which have been regenerated since our awards were initiated.
Washington Arts Centre
Kim McDermottroe - Artist
Woodberry Wetlands, Hackney, London
Leo Hammond - Urban Design Associate Director, Project Centre.
Riva di Solto, Italy
Victoria Thornton OBE HonFRIBA - Founder, Inspire Future Generations/Thornton Education Trust.
Dalston Hall Holiday Park & Golf Club, Cumbria
Kelly Holder MA RCA - Car Designer
The Crescent WMC, York
Professor John Schofield - Archaeologist, Lecturer and Part-time DJ
Jake Thompson - Architect
Chris Dyson - Architect
Annandale Distillery, Scotland
Andrew Nicolson - Cask Custodian
NEWS & REVIEW
With so many problems that we face, the question is not what to do, but how to make it happen. Nicholas Falk reviews a series of books that show how, and just as importantly how not to change course.
The AoU Journal is sponsored by Space Syntax