28 January 2022

Thomas Heatherwick speaks at LSE Cities debate on the future of retail spaces

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Thomas Heatherwick spoke this week at the final LSE Cities Urban Age debate in the current series about ’Rationalising Shopping: are new patterns of consumption an opportunity for reinventing urbanity?‘

The debate addressed fundamental questions of sustainable urban consumption, local economic development, entrepreneurship and placemaking in bringing together leading experts and thinkers in urban retail, design, and sustainable development to discuss the future of retail.

Thomas spoke alongside: Andrew Murphy, Executive Director of Operations at The John Lewis Partnership; Ewa Westermark, Architect and Partner and Director at Gehl; and Jonathan De Mello,

Retail Consultant and Equity Partner at CWM. The talk was chaired by Philipp Rode,

Executive Director of LSE Cities.

You can watch the talk here.

The Urban Age Debates Cities in the 2020s series is organised and hosted by LSE Cities, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the LSE School of Public Policy. More information about this event series can be found here