Dr Wei Yang delivers the biennial Peach Lecture at the University of Leicester
14 Mar 2023
The topic of Dr Yang’s lecture was Compassion, Selflessness and Creativity – The Secret of Creating 21st Century Garden Cities. Her talk reviewed the origins of the modern planning profession – the Garden City movement, it’s pioneers and their spirit. It introduced the concept of 21st Century Garden City model which captures the essence of the original Garden City ideas, but adapts them to a more complex, 21st century context, promoting sustainability, tackling climate change and utilising smart technologies. The talk also explored how to modernise the planning profession by forging a common sense of purpose with the wider society thus to create a balanced system for people, nature and society to co-exist in harmony.
The lecture is funded by the Harry Hardy Peach Memorial Fund, which was established to commemorate Harry Hardy Peach (1874-1936), a founding member and driving force behind the Design and Industries Association created in 1915, as well as a founding member of CPRE The countryside charity established in 1926.
The free lecture was open to members of the public. It was being hosted as a hybrid event by the University of Leicester.