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In Conversation: Sustainable Cities with Amahra Spence and Aranvir Gawera

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Season for Ex-Change

In Conversation: Sustainable Cities with Amahra Spence and Aranvir Gawera

12 November 2020


Online event via Zoom



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Join Amahra Spence, co-founder and creative director of MAIA, and Aranvir Gawera for a discussion on what the future of our cities may look like – and who gets to dictate these potential futures.

About the speakers

Amahra Spence is a cultural producer, artist and founder of MAIA. In 2013, she set up the organisation to support artists in striving for justice, through resource redistribution and building social infrastructure.MAIA are developing a series of spaces that redistribute the cultural sector’s hospitality spend to invest in systemically underinvested-in communities.

In 2020, Amahra established the Black Land & Spatial Justice project following a campaign which raised over £30,000. She was also invited to join England’s first Land Commission, working with the Liverpool City Region mayor to review and suggest uses for public land for community wealth building.


Aranvir Singh Gawera works within the planning team at a city council in the East Midlands. He helps write policies which set the direction for what his home city will look like in the future. His topics include climate change and sustainability, the natural environment, and open spaces. Aran is passionate about promoting participation in planning and encouraging more people to work in the built environment and public service sectors. He was recently appointed a non-executive director of Public Practice and the Town and Country Planning Association, and is an advisor to Women in Planning and the Planning Officer’s Society.

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Part of Season for Ex-Change

A three week programme of sector-facing events and workshops, 26 October–14 November 2020.
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