Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

The Fourteenth Abercrombie Lecture 2015

Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

The Fourteenth Abercrombie Lecture 2015

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Introduction

The Abercrombie Lecture series began 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 Town Planning Review and much of his writing - some of it very influential - was published in the Review.

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 Town Planning Review.

The Fourteenth Abercrombie Lecture was presented in March 2015 by Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Director of the Heseltine Institute at the University of Liverpool. Michael's distinguished academic career has been divided between his alma mater, the University of Liverpool, and LiverpoolJohn Moores University where he spent a most successful period, lasting more than twenty years, founding and developing the European Institute for Urban Affairs. …

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