Designing the Thames, Misconceptions and Correctives


Wednesday 17th July 7.30pm at the Judge lecture Hall, Tiffin School. Professor Matthew Carmona examines the design and planning of the Thames, taking both a historical and contemporary and avowedly personal perspective on the river.


Matthew will argue that we have often had a difficult relationship with the Thames, and this has led to a number of misconceptions which, over the years, have shaped how we see and use the space. To address the misconceptions, four correctives are offered that can be delivered through a more proactive approach to the governances of the river’s design. Ultimately, the Thames is an ever-evolving space critical to London’s identity and well-being and we owe it a duty of care that has too often been absent in the recent past.

Matthew Carmona, almost certainly one of our most pre-eminent thinkers about Urban Planning, is an architect, planner and researcher. His research focuses on the process of design governance and management of Public Space. He has taught at the University of Nottingham and The Bartlett, the latter since 1998.

Matthew is Chair of the Place Alliance, a cross-sector collaborative alliance for place quality. In 2015 and 2022 he won the RTPI’s Academic Award for Research Excellence and in 2016 the RTPI Award for Wider Engagement. In 2018 he won the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Prize Best Published Paper award.

In 2018 he launched www.place-value-wiki.net, a new online resource that brings together international evidence on how place quality impacts on our health, social, economic and environmental well-being.

Matthew is European Associate Editor for the ‘Journal of Urban Design’. He is a regular advisor to government and government agencies both in the UK and overseas and lectures internationally. He writes a column for Town & Country Planning, the journal of the Town and Country Planning Association based on his own blog: https://matthew-carmona.com.

An absolutely must hear talk and a great honour to have him visit us – do please mark your diaries!

Share this post

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Kingston Society