Keith Williams to speak at the Turner Contemporary : On 22 September, Keith Williams will deliver a lecture entitled “The role of new cultural institutions in the regeneration of town centres” at 10.00am Friday 22 September at the Turner Margate.
Keith’s talk will form a key contribution to the 2017 Urban Design Autumn School. In collaboration with the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, this year’s Urban Design Autumn School will be based at the Turner Contemporary, Margate designed by David Chipperfield. Confronting development pressures across Kent, and leading on from last year’s theme ‘Growing the City: Designing the Urban Edge’ this Autumn School will focus on strategies for densification of town centres, using Margate as a test bed for ideas. This year’s 2 day programme will consider how new development can be positively integrated into an existing urban centre, and how this can help provide successful public spaces, aimed at intensifying Margate’s town centre.
In his talk, Keith will explore the wider issues of urban regeneration through the impact of the many major arts buildings that his firm has designed. These include the National Opera House, Wexford, Ireland, The Unicorn Theatre, London, The Novium Museum Chichester, The Lan Art Gallery, Athlone, Ireland and Lloydminster Science and Cultural Centre in Canada. He will speak on his firm’s multi-award winning Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and its role in boosting the cultural economy as well as the physical context of the western part of the city.
This years Autumn School will run from 21 -22 September 2017