Metropolitan Study Visit to North of England
This year's First Year planning students were joined by the students from the Masters in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design on a four-day study visit to the North of England. The highlight of the trip was an extended tour of Liverpool's resurgent and lively city centre and docksides.
This is an important part of the learning experiences of both academic programmes and the aim is to expose students to a complex, polycentric urban environment, and to address a range of themes relating to the area's urban industrial heritage, its rich tradition of town planning and utopian settlements, its specific approach to rural issues, landscape planning and village conservation. We were assisted by the contributions of a number of academics and professional planners from across the region who joined the study tour. The 4-day trip was intensive and included visits to the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds. Students saw at first hand the challenges associated with the planning, management and protection of this densely populated and highly industrialised place as well as seeing first hand an urban renaissance as cities and metropolitan areas in Northern England are beginning to express their regional ambitions as a strong counter-weight to London's national dominance.
Yet again, the highlight of the trip was an extended tour of Liverpool's resurgent and lively city centre and docksides.