Simon Schama on public realm buildings

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Historian Simon Schama tackles the subject of public space investment is his lecture, ‘a crisis too big to waste’.

Marking the occasion of CABE’s 10th anniversary, he talks in detail about the potential for public-spirited spending in times of financial difficulty.

Drawing parallels between the current economic environment and the 1825 crash, he gives examples of public realm building projects in London during both periods: the London sewers, city gas lighting and Hampstead Heath then, and Battersea Power Station, St Pancras and the buildings of the 2012 Olympics now.

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