FINN WILLIAMS - PUBLIC PRACTICE "New Municipalism: Reinventing Public Planning" - Sveriges Arkitekter




Stockholms Arkitektförening


WHERE: Aula ArkDes, Skeppsholmen.

WHEN: Friday February 14th. Drinks and snacks from 17.30, the lecture starts at 18.00.

The lecture will be followed by an on-stage conversation with Veronika Borg.


Over the last few decades, architects, urbanists and planners in the UK have seen a realignment of their scope from public service to private interests. In 1976, 49% of architects in the UK worked in the public sector. Today, it is less than 1%. This paradigm shift in the purpose of built environment professions has had a profund impact on the quality, and equality, of everyday places. The effects are being felt on the ground through a crisis in the availability of affordable housing, rising spatial inequality, and unsustainable forms of development. The lack of a licence to work in the public interest has also limited the agency of architects, urbanists and planners to work beyond the constraints of commercial briefs, or contractual terms.


More recently, it has become increasingly apparent that national government and the private market have been incapable of stepping up to tackle the scale of the crises facing the UK in terms of housing, inequality and the climate. Hope, action and innovation are coming from a less likely source: local government. Public Practice is part of a growing movement of New Municipalism that is reinventing how local authorities work with communities, and shape the future of places. Finn Williams will present Public Practice’s instrumental role in rebuilding the public sector’s capacity to plan proactively. He will discuss how architects, urbanists and planners are forging new ways of working in the public interest, and what the potential implications are for the future of the built environment sector.


Drinks are served from 17:30, and Finn Williams’ lecture starts at 18:00.

The lecture will be followed by an on-stage conversation with Veronika Borg that will discuss the content in a Swedish context. Veronika is a former project leader at Stockholms stadsbyggnadskontor and now co-founder of Vardagen.


Also don’t miss the last chance to see the fantastic exhibition ”Flying Panels” and ”Ung svensk form 2020”!




The lecture is organised by Stockholms Arkitektförening through Jakob Wiklander and Christin Svensson, and in collaboration with ArkDes through James Taylor-Foster and Elisabet Schön.


Image courtesy of PUBLIC PRACTICE.