The City Centre for Everyone


The City Centre for Everyone

31 May 2017 to 2 Jun 2017
, Ireland
1. Event Title: The City Centre for Everyone 
2. WUC Partner Organization Hosting the Campus: The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)
3. Other Partner Organization(s) Co-Hosting the Campus:
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Ulster University (UU)
  • Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)
  • The Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland
  • The Academy of Urbanism (AoU)
  • Belfast City Council
4. UTC Date: Wednesday, 31 May 2017 to Friday, 2 June 2017
5. Location / Venue: Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square West, Belfast, N Ireland
6. Languages: English
7. Sustainable Development Goals addressed by this UTC: 


8. Description of the Campus

The objective is to assist the implementation stage of the New Urban Agenda (2016) by focusing on the "Inclusive City". In some cities, including Belfast, lower income communities located in a ring of social housing around the city centre have high levels of deprivation and unemployment. They do not benefit from their location close to the employment opportunities and social/health/educational facilities of the centre city. They do not feel part of the city and are segregated from each other, as well as feeling threatened by new occupiers and students living in the city centre. 

The UTC will involve Day 1 of plenary sessions, debates and discussions followed by Day 2 of working groups and study trips in Belfast. Day 3 will be an optional study trip to Dublin's inner city. 

Questions to be debated which will result in "Implementation Action Plans" include: how to ensure these communities
(1) can be physically integrated with the centre city through better design and accessibility
(2) can be reached, motivated and trained to benefit from the job opportunities of the centre city 
(3) can benefit from the educational, health and cultural facilities in the central city 
(4) can be housed in mixed tenure, mixed income, safe and resilient developments
(5) can be empowered and motivated to take part in urban governance and develop civic leadership

9. UTC Programme: Programme / Flyer UTC
10.List of Speakers / Moderators: UTC Speakers and Chairs
  • Suzanne Wylie, CEO Belfast City Council
  • Kevin Murray, Kevin Murray Associates and Director of Academy of Urbanism
  • Ali Greehan, Dublin City Architect and IFHP
  • Diana Fitzsimons, Chair Radius Housing and IFHP Ambassador
  • Andrey Hayley, The Paul Hogarth Company and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group
  • Trudi Elliott, CEO The Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Eileen Patterson, Director of Communities, Radius Housing
  • Flemming Borreskov, Catalytic Society and President International Federation for Housing and Planning
  • Anette Galskot, CEO of IFHP
  • Kate Henderson, CEO of TCPA
  • Prof. Alastair Adair, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Ulster University
  • Ian Snowdon, Deputy Secretary of the Dept. for Communities
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