The robustness of our urban settlements in challenging times will be explored through the prism of the award-winning city of Derry~Londonderry, current holder of the Academy's Great Town Award and due to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013.
The city's exceptional physical and community story will be used to explore the resilience and adaptability of place through themes of heritage and culture, community and social capital, economic regeneration and urban design.
The 17th century walled city of Derry~Londonderry is the jewel in the crown of the 23 new towns created during the Plantation of Ulster. Its compact urban grid influenced by French predecessor Vitry-le-Francois, is believed to have been the prototype for early English colonial settlements in North America, including Philadelphia. 400 years later, the role of imaginative mindsets in transforming places is symbolised by Derry's 21st Century ‘Peace Bridge'.
The Congress will draw an international audience and will engage directly with the host community in purposeful inquiry through interactive workshops that will share learning and leave a lasting legacy.
With lots of joyous celebration thrown in it promises to be our most distinctive and memorable Congress yet.
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