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The Towers Debate: Does London need more tall buildings?

NLA, Centre for London and LSE public debate 

Date: Monday 2 June 2014 
Time: 6.30-8.30pm 
Venue: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street
Speakers: Julia Barfield, Nicholas Boys Smith, Paul Finch, Simon Jenkins, Sir Edward Lister, Rowan Moore, Tony Travers
Respondent: Nicky Gavron
Chair: Sarah Gaventa 

There are now proposals for over 230 new tall buildings to be built in London over the next decade, 80 per cent of which are residential. As London’s population continues to expand, is this high-rise vision of London's future the right one for our city and its people? 

Kicking off the London Festival of Architecture 2014 programme, Centre for London, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and New London Architecture (NLA) host a public discussion to debate the motion 'London needs many more tall buildings'.

Julia Barfield is director of Mark Barfield Associates.

Nicholas Boys Smith is director of Create Streets.

Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival

Nicky Gavron is chair of the Planning Committee at the London Assembly.

Sarah Gaventa is an associate at RSH+P.

Sir Edward Lister is deputy mayor for Policy and Planning at the GLA.

Simon Jenkins is chairman of the National Trust.

Rowan Moore is architecture critic for The Observer.

Tony Travers is director of LSE London.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #londonskyline 

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