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Can we understand suburbia without understanding the English love of the countryside?

Has suburbia destroyed our countryside? Head of LSE Housing & Communities, Professor Anne Power, and author of Making Sense of Suburbia Through Popular Culture, Dr Rupa Huq take us on a journey past the leylandii and privet hedges, through sunrise, garden gates, and up the crazy paving paths, to discover the worlds which exist within those semi-detached, pebbledashed houses, and the motivations for their conception.

Professor Anne Power

professor anne powerProfessor Anne Power has been involved in European and American housing and urban problems since 1965. In 1966, she worked with Martin Luther King's 'End Slums' campaign in Chicago, and, on her return to Britain, organised community-based projects in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. From 1979 to 1989, she worked for the Department of the Environment and Welsh Office, setting up Priority Estates Projects to rescue run-down estates all over the country. Anne became a Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics in 1996 and is Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.

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Dr Rupa  Huq

dr rupa huqDr Rupa Huq is Senior Lecturer in sociology at Kingston University. Her first book out in 2006 “Beyond Subculture” was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams prize. She was Labour parliamentary candidate in Chesham and Amersham at the 2005 general election and in the 2004 European election. She lives and works in suburbia and was Deputy Mayoress of the London Borough of Ealing municipal year 2010 - 2011.

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Edgelands: Unofficial countryside
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Poets Professor Michael Symmons Roberts and Professor Paul Farley, co-authors of Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness join Marion Shoard, author of the award-winning essay Edgelands to discuss the role of wildness in urban landscapes.

Green belt and braces: Green girdles
14 November 2012
Writer, geographer, and CPRE Vice President Nick Crane discusses the role and nature of the Green Belt with Cedric Hoptroff, Secretary of the London Green Belt Council.

Created countryside: unnatural nature
21 November 2012
Professor Anthony O'Hear, author of the essay The Myth of Nature and Howard Davies, Chief Executive of the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, talk about managed landscapes, and close the series.

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