13:30 - 17:30
Open to all
SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP


“One cannot make a good expanding plan for Cambridge.”
– Holford Plan for Cambridge, 1950


  • Li Wan (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge)
  • Dan Durrant (Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)


Emily Tianyuan Wang (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge)


As planning academics living and working in Cambridge, we have become acutely aware of the mismatch between professional and public discourses on what it means for the city to grow. Particularly, the term ‘growth’ carries varying meanings for different individuals, e.g., for some people it is largely positive and growth brings opportunities for homes wealth and to solve existing problems cities like Cambridge face. But for others, it can also be threatening, much loved places change their character, environments can be damaged and what opportunities are created are not shared by everyone.

Despite the growth of Cambridge being seen by some as of regional and national significance, the rise and hegemony of the pro-growth sentiment in Cambridge has rarely been critically examined. This public event aims to open up dialogues about 1) what it means for Cambridge to grow, and 2) how such a variety of perceptions could enable new visions of city development, drive behavioural changes and address major challenges through novel policymaking processes.

This event has two stages:

  • Stage 1: We invite your views on what growth means to YOUShare your thoughts through participating our online survey. We plan to visualise anonymised public inputs through a small exhibition as part of Stage 2.
  • Stage 2: A one-day public event on 4 June 2024 with invited talks by field experts and thinkers. Invited speakers will be exposed to your inputs in Stage 1 prior to their talks, and are expected to reflect on their past experiences of planning and managing the growth in Cambridge.

Stephen Kelly

Chief Planner, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning

Peter Studdert

Former chief planner for Cambridge

Prof David Howarth

Former MP for Cambridge, Former City Council leader & Former Head of Department of Land Economy

Prof Claire Colomb

Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Prof Flora Samuel

Head of Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Prof Marcial Echenique

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Prof Ying Jin

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Li Wan.

If you have specific accessibility needs for this event please get in touch. We will do our best to accommodate any requests.