Joe Doak’s Multi-Tasking Swan Song at RTPI South East Conference
8 November 2019
Joe Doak’s skill range was tested at yesterday’s RTPI South East Conference on ‘Making Sense of Mixed Use Town Centres’. The event looked at the challenges faced by high streets, and explored the potential repurpose and regenerate town centres.
Not only did Joe chair the event but he also presented one of the talks entitled ‘Reflections on Rowley’s Typology of Mixed-Use Development’. Ironically, the Rowley in question is an ex-member of staff from REP, one Alan Rowley, who undertook ground-breaking research on mixed-use development in the 1990’s.
Joe informed the attendees that this was likely to be his last professional performance before his imminent retirement from the University in December. However, he reassured the organisers that there was a fantastic group of young planning academics in REP ready and willing to step into his shoes!