Friday 22 June 2007
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
7.30-9.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Book Tickets for this Debate

London is booming. It is growing in population and wealth. Property prices are vertiginous. The results can be seen in shining new developments and towers, and a skyline full of cranes. But who gains the most? Are we creating a city of haves and have-nots; affluence and deprivation; of prosperous home-owners and eternal renters? How can regeneration - in the Olympic area, the Thames Gateway and all over London - truly benefit communities of all backgrounds and incomes?

Participants:
Named one of the "100 most influential people in the public sector" by the Guardian newspaper, Ben Page is Chairman of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, and Managing Director of Public Affairs. His expert knowledge of the facts and statistics surrounding the issues to be discussed will set the context for the debate.
 
Hardeep is a Glaswegian-Sikh broadcaster, comedian and writer who’s credits include Channel 4’s ‘Meet The Magoons,’ and the BAFTA winning documentary ‘In Search of the Tartan Turban.’ A regular presenter of Newsnight Review, and a former stalwart of BBC Radio 5 Live and More4's The Last Word. Hardeep is currently in the process of crafting a new sitcom about traffic wardens for the BBC and a comedy drama about Sikh Glaswegian gangsters for Channel 4.
 
Boris Johnson is a Journalist, columnist and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Henley on Thames. A widely recognised public persona and regular participant in the TV show 'Have I Got News For You.'
 
Neal is currently writing a book for Penguin on shopping and politics called 'All Consuming' to be published in February 2008. He writes regularly for the Guardian and the New Statesman and often appears on TV and radio as a political commentator and advocate of centre-left politics. He is Chair of the democratic left pressure group Compass whose goal is a more equal and democratic society. He is the author of pamphlets on democracy, freedom and the NHS and is a Contributing Editor of the quarterly Labour journal Renewal. He worked for Peter Mandelson during the 1997 election, was formerly an adviser to Gordon Brown MP and before that a trade union researcher. In 2001 he was co-editor of The Progress Century (Palgrave). He is an Associate of Demos and a Trustee of CentreForum.
 
Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham in 1976 and grew up on a council estate on the outskirts of the city. She moved to London in 1994 to study politics and history at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, and now lives on an estate in the East End. She writes on issues of social policy and housing design for the Guardian, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph, Prospect and the New Statesman. Her first book, Estates: An Intimate History, was published by Granta in January 2007.
 
Ivan Massow is a prominent businessman and British politician, formerly chairman of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, until his infamous statement; conceptual art is "all hype and frequently no substance." Openly homosexual, he has been hailed as the inventor of ‘The Pink Pound.’ A long standing involvement in politics saw him run for Mayor of London in 2004. He now finds himself ‘in exile in Barcelona because of corporate homophobia.’
 
Tony Travers is Director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics. He also broadcasts on TV and radio, and writes in the press on London issues. He is a widely acknowledged expert on the governance of London.
 
Emma joined the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in March 2004 in the newly created role of Corporate Director, Development & Renewal. Bringing together planning, economic development, housing and strategic property, Emma’s role is to develop an integrated regeneration service for the borough. A town planner by profession, with a background in regeneration and housing development, Emma was previously Head of Planning and Development for the London Borough of Lewisham. In this role she worked on a number of key development projects, including the renewal of housing, the Deptford creative business enterprise zone, the Stirling Prize winning Laban Dance Centre and the comprehensive regeneration of Lewisham town centre.
 
Born in 1949, and trained at the Architectural Association, his exuberant brand of design made Coates an international name in architecture. He was the first architect to articulate the concept of narrative, and formed the experimental architecture group NATO around this. For him architecture is a form of communication, and its language grows out of the matrix of city experiences. Together with his partner Doug Branson, his built projects include numerous buildings and interiors in Japan, and in Britain, the Geffrye Museum, Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union, the Oyster House, Powerhouse::uk and the Body Zone In the Millennium Dome. He is also a prolific product designer, with clients such as Alessi and Hitch Mylius. Throughout his career, Coates has developed his ideas through exhibitions and publications, amongst which his book, ‘Guide to Ecstacity’ (2003) is the most encompassing. He is Professor of Architectural Design at the Royal College of Art, London.
 
Saskia Sassen is now at Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought, after a decade at the University of Chicago and London School of Economics. Her recent books are 'Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages' (Princeton University Press 2006) and 'A Sociology of Globalization'. (Norton 2007). She has now completed for UNESCO a five-year project on sustainable human settlement for which she set up a network of researchers and activists in over 30 countries; it is published as one of the volumes of the 'Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems' (EOLSS) (Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers). Her books are translated into sixteen languages. Her comments have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, the Financial Times, among others.
 
Alex de Rijke is a founding director of de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM Ltd). Alex combines leadership of an award-winning practice with ongoing research into contemporary materials, methods of construction and sustainable technologies. At dRMM, Alex has focused on masterplanning, housing, and education sector designs, such as an innovative ‘Exemplar School’ for the DfES Building Schools of the Future programme. Alex directed the £27m project at Kingsdale School, London, the result of which positioned dRMM as pioneers of school design. With exceptional design and communication skills, Alex has worked closely with several London local authorities, and is adept with complex, demanding briefs. He is also a member of the Mayor's inaugural Design for London Advisory Group.
 
Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah is Director of Research Strategy of the ippr and Head of the Migration, Equalities and Citizenship Team. An internationally recognised expert on migration issues, he has written extensively on issues such as migration policy, diasporas, identity and ethnopolitical conflict. Danny has been a consultant to various international organisations, has given evidence to the UK House of Commons and the UN General Assembly, is an analyst for Oxford Analytica, and sits on the boards of Equality Works Limited, Ockenden International, and Praxis Community Projects. He writes regularly in the Financial Times, Guardian and BBC Online and has given more than 400 broadcast interviews to UK and international media. Danny holds a first class degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
 
NB: No signer or hearing aid will be provided unless requested in advance. All seating will be on cushions, unless otherwise requested via Tate ticketing line.
 

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