DMU joins partners in exploring some of the big issues affecting Leicester

The Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is part of an exciting new public lecture series launching on 26 January.

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The Leicester School of Architecture is based in DMU's spectacular new Vijay Patel Building

The free ‘City Series 2017’ lecture programme will explore issues affecting our cities, including Leicester’s urban planning journey.

The series is being organised by the Leicester Urban Observatory, a group of planning professionals and academics which includes DMU and Leicester City Council.

Leicester School of Architecture senior lecturer Neil Stacey, co-founder of the group, said: “Leicester Urban Observatory has been established as a collaborative forum with the intention of establishing Leicester as an important voice in the discussion of urban challenges and opportunities.

“Leicester has a history of quiet innovation in city planning and thinking. Amongst other things, the Observatory will do its bit to better champion that story and be at the forefront of the new chapters in that story.

“The Observatory’s launch of ‘City Series 2017’ is an exciting development – we hope the first of many initiatives. This first lecture also offers an opportunity to visit City Hall and its new lecture theatre and associated spaces.”

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The iconic Leicester Clock Tower at the heart of the city 

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, who is a former student of what is now a part of DMU, will deliver the first lecture in the series at City Hall in Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ, on Thursday, January 26, at 5.15pm.

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Sir Peter said: “This is an exciting collaboration that will bring together a wealth of local expertise in urban studies, architecture and Leicester's planning story and I am delighted to be giving the inaugural lecture.

“We have some outstanding experts across the three local universities and we are looking forward to working closely together to share learning with the wider community through this new series of public lectures.”

The lecture will explore the historic and future development of Leicester. It is free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Architecture at DMU has achieved unconditional revalidation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is ranked in the top 10 for research quality in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017.

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Leicester's Jubilee Square at night

Posted on Tuesday 17th January 2017

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