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Continental-style café culture in London
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Continental-style café culture has long been Lord Rogers' dream for London
Our big spring debate with the RIBA’s think-tank Building Futures looks at whether regeneration has worked: are our cities “models in urban living”?

Ten years ago, Lord Rogers launched the Urban Task force to revitalise our city centres and reintroduce the sort of lively, sustainable urban living enjoyed on the Continent.

We would walk to work or use public transport, eat out more often, bask in open squares and take advantage of cultural spaces. How much of this has been delivered?

The aim of the evening is to look at the achievements (and failures) of the past decade. How much of what has been built really works? Do we love our cities? Or is it just froth ... so-called “cappuccino” urbanism?

Speakers include: Roger Madelin of big-hitter developer Argent (King’s Cross); Fred Manson (former director of Regeneration at Southwark) Austin Williams at Future Cities and Michael Edwards, author and senior lecturer at the Bartlett School, University College London.

This free event takes place at 7pm on 18 March at the BDP hub, 16 Brewerhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, EC1. The nearest Tube station is Farringdon.

To book tickets, email Laura Chan at the RIBA Building Futures team at, or call her on 020 7307 5350.

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