Kaleidoscope City brings together short, accessible and engaging opinions from leading practitioners and theorists in the built environment. In doing so, looking to both the past and the future, it raises important and often emotive questions about the design and development of our cities with particular regard to London. How should we balance economic growth with environmental protection? How big is too big?

Edited by Jonathan Manns, Associate Director of Planning at Colliers International, the work opens and energises debates in urban planning and development in a manner that is locally focussed but globally relevant. Informing and inspiring, it voices the spectrum of opinion which exists at the start of the twenty-first century.

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Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning

Chapter 1– London’s Turbulent Century
London’s Turbulent Century, 1914-2014    
Jerry White, Professor of London History, Birkbeck, University of London

Chapter 2 – Planning and London
The Impact and Philosophy of Abercrombie’s Plan  
Lawrence W.C.Lai, Professor of Real Estate and Construction, University of Hong Kong

Searching for the Holy Grail  
Liz Peace, Chief Executive, British Property Federation

The Strange Death of British Planning: And How to Bring About a Miraculous Revival 
Peter Hall,Professor of Urban Regeneration and Planning,University College London

‘In Conversation’  
Peter Murray & Richard Rogers,  Founder Chairman, New London Architecture &  Founding Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour

Chapter 3 – Balanced and Integrated
Planning as Design versus Evolution    
Terry Farrell, Founding Partner, Farrells

Delivering Good Design for London    
Colin Haylock, Principal, Haylock Planning and Design

Protecting ‘Good Ordinary’ Heritage    
Peter Ruback, Chairman, Twentieth Century Society

A Wider Look at the Built Environment    
Victoria Thornton, Founding Director, Open-City

Chapter 4 – Changing and Vertical
Absorbing the Shock of the New     
Robert Tavernor, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, London School of Economics

London’s First 1000 Years of Tall Buildings   
Peter Stewart,  Principal, Peter Stewart Consultancy

A Future Without Starchitects     
Nikos A.Salingaros, Professor of Mathematics and Architecture, University of Texas at San Antonio

Chapter 5 – Growing and Liveable
Capitalising on a Growing Challenge    
Stewart Murray, Assistant Director for Planning, Greater London Authority

A Balanced Approach to London’s Growth   
Duncan Bowie,  Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, University of Westminster

Decent Housing or Rigid Greenbelts?    
Paul Cheshire,  Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics

A Green Belt for London     
Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England

Chapter 6 – Commercial and Connected
A City Shaped by Transport     
Michèle Dix & Ian Birch, Managing Director & Transport Economist, Transport for London

Creating the Upwards Investment Cycle    
Jace Tyrrell, Executive Director,  Westminster & City Property Associations

A Divided City in a Divided World    
Richard Florida, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute

Planning for an Urban Revival of the North   
Peter Tyler, Ron Martin & Ben Gardiner, Professor of Land Economics, Professor of Economic Geography and Director, Cambridge University and Cambridge Econometrics

Chapter 7 – Resilient and Green
People for Cities and Urban Resiliency    
Flemming Borreskov & Regitze Marianne Hess,  President and Chief Operations Officer, International Federation for Housing & Planning

Future Proofing London for the Next Century   
Zoë Green, Senior Planning Consultant,  Atkins

Masterplanning for Bigger Picture Energy.   
Maged Hanna,  Engineer & Energy Masterplanning Lead, AECOM

Planning for Energy Use in Buildings, David Eynon, Senior Sustainability Advisor,  Colliers International

Chapter 8 – Some Thoughts on Future Development
Some Thoughts on Future Development    
Jonathan Manns, Associate Director of Planning, Colliers International