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Wednesday 21 January 2004
The Urban Environment: Redeveloping City Centres

Seminar 6.00pm-8.00pm

Contributors: Mr Roger Madelin, Mr Peter Carl, Mr David Height, Mr Ron Marsh (chair) 
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To inaugurate the 2004 Seminar Series, UK-JAPAN CITIES OF THE FUTURE: REGENERATION AND URBAN LIFE, two major urban regeneration projects currently underway in London and Osaka will be discussed. Roger Madelin will focus on the King’s Cross project in London, and Peter Carl and David Height will discuss the planned redevelopment of the northern Osaka Station area. 

The seminar will be followed by a private view of OSAKA URBAN METABOLISM, an exhibition of Japan-based project work of the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. 

The contributors: 

Roger Madelin is Chief Executive of Argent Group plc. Roger joined Argent in January 1987, having previously worked for a major national contractor and a small private developer. He became an executive director in 1990 and Chief Executive in 1997. Argent, one of the UK’s leading mixed-use and commercial developers, is currently developing in Manchester, Reading and Brindleyplace, Birmingham. Argent (in a joint venture with Berkeley Group) is also the developer for the 58.5 acres of former railway lands in King’s Cross, Central London.

Peter Carl is a Lecturer and a Director of the graduate programme on the History and Philosophy of Architecture at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture. He has published on ‘urban metabolism’ and is currently completing a three-year study on the city of Kumbakonam in India. 

David Height is Architect and Project Manager at Arup, UK. He was a Daiwa Scholar during 1993-94 which led him to work for four years as an architect and project manager at Kajima Design. Since returning from Japan in 1999, David has been working on urban regeneration projects in London and in collaboration with Japanese architects and clients. He also teaches at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture. With Peter Carl and Phillip Meadowcroft, he was involved in a project supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation based on the International Concept Competition for the Northern Osaka Station Area.

Ron Marsh (chair)
is a private consultant advising UK and Japanese companies on collaboration in the construction sector. He studied civil engineering at Kings College London and then joined Arup after graduating. From 1997 until 2003 he was on secondment from Arup to Trade Partners UK as Export Promoter - Design & Construction Japan. He has extensive experience of working with Japanese companies in both the Middle East and Japan.

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