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Celebrating our suburbs

Cicero back in the first century BC defined the "suburbani" as large country estates just outside Rome, where the wealthy could enjoy the privileges of security, space and tranquility whilst remaining within easy reach of the civic attractions and power-bases of the capital.

Now in the twenty first century, perhaps it is time that we began to celebrate suburban living suggests Ian Philips, a landscape consultant, who will be introducing the topic of surburbia in Rethinking Cities next Conversation on Future Lifestyles at the Royal Commonwealth Society, Northumberland Avenue, London on Tuesday 11 September.

He wonders whether today's urbanism obsession of  sense of place  really matters if a standardised system of suburban housing delivers what people appear to want.

If you would like to join Ian Philips in Conversation, then follow the links beneath to register your interest.

Register your interest in joining a Conversation - http://www.rethinkingcities.net/conversations/

Date added: 28 August 2007

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