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Oxford Futures

A Series of Workshops Chaired by Nicholas Falk

In November 2014, we held a very successful workshop on Transport Options for Oxford. The full report, with images from the presentations, is available on the Oxford Futures website here, along with a short film of the launch of the original Oxford Futures report.

The next event in the series of workshops to discuss how Oxford should grow will be at Oxford Brookes University on Monday 2nd March and will be on Affordable Housing Options and the need not only to build more homes but also to make housing more affordable to those on lower incomes. Further details are provided below, along with a link to our eventbrite page where you can register your place.

URBED have organised a workshop in London with tram experts at UCL and the Light Rail Transit Forum and this will be taking place on Thursday 12th March, further details below.

Planning has also started for a high level symposium in the Summer, after the election, to crystallise thinking around the eight challenges set by the Civic Society a year ago:

  1. Set up an Oxford Futures Commission
  2. Develop a spatial growth plan
  3. Establish a Quality Review Panel
  4. Engage the public with a Development Forum
  5. Train key decision makers
  6. Establish competitions for key sites
  7. Model transport options
  8. Mobilise and coordinate investment

This will be run by the Oxford Strategic Partnership in conjunction with the Oxford Civic Society and may be of interest, so we shall update you with any information we receive.

We hope to see you at an event soon!
Nicholas Falk and Peter Thompson

Upcoming Events

Affordable Housing Workshop
1pm-5:30pm, 2nd March,
Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane

Sign up to reserve your place here.

This workshop will address the issues of how to make housing more affordable, particularly to those on low incomes, and will consider both new housing and the existing stock (with an emphasis on the former) in and around the City of Oxford.

With average house prices some 15 times average incomes, and the need to provide 28,000 new homes in Oxford alone, there is an urgent need to balance the need for numbers and higher design standards with making sure those on lower incomes are not squeezed out. The workshop is one of a series that aim to bring academics, policy makers and practitioners together with concerned members of the community. After a series of short presentations, there will be a panel discussion followed by workshops to examine different kinds of option.
A report will be produced and circulated afterwards.

Trams for Oxford Workshop
2pm-6pm,12th March,
University College London, Cruciform Building, Gower Street

Sign up to reserve your place here.

The workshop will bring together an invited group of practitioners and policy makers to discuss the feasibility of using a new generation of trams to connect the historic centre with new housing and other developments.

The workshop will comprise of a series of short presentations, followed by questions, to scope out what a feasibility study might examine. Despite the positive experience of using modern trams to boost the quality of life, accessibility and prosperity of many European cities, little work has been done on their application to historic cities such as Oxford or York that have congested centres and pressures for new housing. In August 2014 URBED won the prestigious 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize for their proposals for Uxcester Garden City. Their feasibility study showed how new local infrastructure such as a tram could be funded from the uplift in land values from developing new housing on the edge of Oxford.

January 2015

Sign up to our upcoming events:

Affordable Housing Workshop
Monday 2nd March, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

Trams for Oxford Workshop
Thursday 12th March, UCL, London

Previous events:

Thank you to all those who attended our transport Workshop event in November 2014. The report which discusses the main points from the workshop is now available to download directly here (1.5MB).
Oxford Futures Website

About Oxford Futures

Oxford Futures began life as a collaboration between Oxford Civic Society and Dr Nicholas Falk of the urbanism and design consultancy URBED. In 2013 they organised a series of debates for politicians, opinion formers and the wider public, aimed at raising awareness of these strategic issues. Others involved include Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, the Royal Society of Arts and the Academy of Urbanism.
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