13 May, 7pm Concreting the Countryside (21St Century Challenges Series, London)

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Join Sir Peter Hall (pictured) and Martin Crookston as they explore the question of whether we need to concrete the countryside to accommodate the ever-expanding population of Southeast England in the third of the Society's 21st Century Challenges series.

Will we have to accept radically new ways of living in order to curtail suburban sprawl? Can brownfield sites accommodate all of the Southeast's housing needs? Will these new housing requirements jeopardise our quality of life? Our panel will explore these issues and more--in particular, how to preserve the unique rural environments and distinctive village communities of the Southeast while accommodating the enormous expansion in housing required to ensure the region's prosperity in decades to come.

Sir Peter is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on urban regeneration and regional planning. As well as being president of the Town and Country Planning Association, he is professor of planning at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning at University College London, and the author of more than 30 books on urban and regional planning. …