“A place that brings together all Londoners”: Darryl Chen chats to Peter Murray about the post-pandemic city\

The pair discuss the Earl’s Court Masterplan, Smithfield Public Realm, and why it’s important to measure Social Value.


Our head of Urban Design, Darryl Chen, was interviewed by NLA Curator-in-Chief Peter Murray shortly after Darryl’s appointment to the NLA Expert Panel for Planning. During the conversation, they talk about Smithfield Public Realm and Earl’s Court Masterplan; the importance of measuring social value and impact in large masterplans; creating a cultural offer that creates a place for all Londoners.

Watch the full video here (12min).

“We are thinking about the innovation of social value and measuring social impact ... [its] 'measurability' enables us to measure social impact, and that’s important because we can use it as a lever to make better developments, particularly with development appraisals that might only otherwise be about financial bottom lines - increasingly about environmental measurements - but the social aspect is so critical to the attractiveness of spaces.”

Darryl Chen Head of Urban Design

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