The Tenth Abercrombie Lecture

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Introduction

The Abercrombie Lectures series started in 1984 and is intended to celebrate the life and work of one of the world's foremost planners, Sir Patrick Abercrombie - arguably the leading British planner of the twentieth century. Patrick Abercrombie was appointed as one of the original staff when the University of Liverpool established the Department of Civic Design in 1909 and was the first editor of Town Planning Review. He went on to become a most distinguished Lever Professor in the Department, from 1915 to 1935 when he moved to University College London, to become Professor of Town Planning there. Like all the Lever Professors, Abercrombie played an important part in editing the Town Planning Review, and much of his writing - some of it very influential - was published in the Review.

Our Abercrombie Lecturers represent an interesting cross-section of the best academics and practitioners in planning and related subjects. All of the Abercrombie Lectures have been published in the Town Planning Review and are listed overleaf. We are very fortunate to welcome as the Tenth Abercrombie Lecturer Michael Batty, who is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he also directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Before that he held a range of academic appointments at the universities of Manchester, Reading, Cardiff and, as Director of the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, in the State University of New York at Buffalo. Michael Batty has long associations with Liverpool - this is the city in which he was born. I should add that, at a very early stage in his career he was a guest lecturer on the Master of Civic Design degree course here at the University.

Professor Batty's research involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published extensively in this area. …