The Science of…City Living: 17th February 2021, 1pm to 2pm via Zoom

The Science of…City Living: 17th February 2021, 1pm to 2pm via Zoom


We are excited to announce that The Science of… series returns to The Core in 2021, online. The Science of… brings together academics, professionals, local businesses and the local community to discuss emerging research and issues that affect us all. The Science of… City Living is delivered in partnership with Future Homes Newcastle and Urban Green Newcastle, we are excited to invite you to our first Science of… event of 2021 which will be hosted via Zoom.

Rose Gilroy, Professor of Ageing, Planning and Policy at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape will be discussing the Future Homes project on Newcastle Helix. She considers whether the Covid-19 pandemic might present real opportunities for positive change, particularly in delivering better housing that promotes health, well-being and community. The Future Homes Alliance are developing new housing models that fuse responses to demographic change and sustainability informed by digital innovation and research methods.

Rose Gilroy researches and publishes on housing and planning issues in the context of an ageing society. Her latest book “Planning for an Ageing Society” is published in February by Lund Humphries. Much of her work is done in collaboration with older people acting as co-researchers, valued as experts by experience.  In 2016 she brought together the group of Newcastle stakeholders who have become the Future Homes Alliance. They are working to create new housing models that fuse responses to demographic change and sustainability informed by digital innovation. Their first development has planning permission and will be onsite in mid-2021.

Jim Beirne MBE, Chair of Urban Green Newcastle will discuss the importance of green spaces for residents of urban areas. Focusing on mental health, physical health and well-being especially during the Covid-19 crisis. Urban Green, set-up in 2018, is an independent charity responsible for the management, maintenance, restoration, development and protection of 33 parks and 61 allotment sites in Newcastle. One of the first organisations of its kind, Urban Green represent a new approach to securing the future of green spaces and its uses.

Jim Beirne is also Chief Executive of Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, since 2000. He became founding chair of Urban Green Newcastle in September 2018 and with the CEO and Trustees, has led the formation of the organisation to an operational charity from that point. What links Live Theatre and Urban Green Newcastle is the importance of place, the ‘placemaking’ effect that cultural organisations and green spaces have on a city. With Jim’s leadership and design Live Theatre has become a national leader in developing new placemaking strategies for increasing outcomes for the charity. Its Social Enterprise model includes award-winning gastro pub The Broad Chare, and hub for creative businesses, The Schoolhouse and Live Works: an £11 million capital project to develop Quayside fronted land and buildings adjacent to the Theatre, it has created new commercial offices, a new public park, a children and young people’s creative writing centre and now four pubs/restaurants. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2012, received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Northumbria University, and one of the 3 finalists for the North East Business Executive of the Year in 2014. Jim is also an alumni of National Arts Strategies, he has been a Vistage member for 6 years, a graduate of Common Purpose, and is a Board member, and Chair of the Nominations Committee for the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA).

Each speaker will discuss their points for 20 minutes with time for a Q&A at the end of the session.

Toby Hyam, Managing Director of Creative Space Management will host the event.

Toby Hyam is joint founder and Managing Director of Creative Space Management and has 18 years experience of managing and developing multi-occupancy centres for growing businesses.  He has led the company’s work on mixed use developments, meanwhile uses and place making and has extensive management experience with public and private as well as third sector enterprises. He is a persuasive public speaker and has spoken widely across Europe.

If you missed the event you can watch it here



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