Hala El Akl Introduces Guide on Culture in Development at the London City Hall

October 28, 2019

A new book on culture in developments, co-authored by PLP director Hala El Akl, was unveiled last week at the London City Hall. Aimed at developers, the guide “Including Culture in Development – A Step by Step Guide” sets out to help improve the creation and integration of quality public art and cultural infrastructure within development.

As part of her role as ULI UK Urban Art Forum Chair, Hala delivered the opening remarks of the event. She was joined by keynote speaker Fatoş Üstek, director of the Liverpool Biennale, Rachael Roe from the Greater London Authority, Sherry Dobin from Futurecity, and Simon Silver from Derwent London to discuss the key messages of the guide as well as the challenges and opportunities of integrating culture in development. The main topics discussed were the different forms of culture in development, stakeholder engagement and the measurements of success.

You can download a summary version of the guide or order a printed copy here Urban Land Institute UK

“Culture and heritage are in London’s DNA. They are central to the success of our city and the reason people come here to live, work and play. It’s vital that culture is at the forefront of developers’ thinking and this guide will ensure that cultural facilities and workspaces remain a key part of the fabric of our city.”

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries