Keeping Cambridge Special is an initiative started by members of Cambridge Past Present & Future. It aims to get representatives from all sectors of the community together to discuss some of the major challenges facing the Cambridge area.

With speakers and participants from all walks of life, the format is designed to engage people, discuss topics, explore new ideas, influence and give people a chance to be heard. The first event was held in October 2016 and the most recent in January 2018.

Cambridge's Streets & Spaces Workshop, January 2018

This workshop bought together over 100 local residents, councillors, officers and planners to discuss how Cambridge could address the challenge of having more people moving around the city in ways that would enhance quality of life and preserve the city’s heritage.

Robert Myers (landscape architect); Joel Carré (Cambridge City Council); Charlene Rohr (RAND Europe) and Kieran Perkins (5th Studio) led the discussion of ‘movement and spaces’.

The audience debated further in 10 break-out groups. Out of this came a number of ideas – such as co–design, challenging the brief, sharing spaces, Community Forest in the greenbelt and ideas for making sustainable travel the norm.

The ideas and issues raised in this workshop have fed into a Cambridge City ‘Spaces & Movement’ planning document which got underway in 2018.

Please click here for the programme of the day and notes (within the document are additional links).

Please click on the following link to view the videos from the day’s speakers: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwEUs8UyvFASkgo6bqM00dMyoqhihfd9h 
 
Keeping Cambridge Special Workshop, 2016

This workshop brought people together to discuss how we could maintain the special character of Cambridge in the face of huge pressure for growth and development. 

Please click here for the programme of the day and notes (within the document are additional links).

Please click on the following link to view the videos from the day’s speakers: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwEUs8UyvFARV8tEAfpAS0De__qWBNtcw 
 

CambridgePPF wishes to thank all of those who helped make these days run smoothly, as well as the speakers, videographer, volunteers and attendees.