Recorded on Friday 23 June 2007,
London is booming. It is growing in population and wealth. Property prices are vertiginous. The results can be seen in shining new developments and towers, and a skyline full of cranes. But who gains the most? Are we creating a city of haves and have-nots; affluence and deprivation; of prosperous home-owners and eternal renters? How can regeneration - in the Olympic area, the Thames Gateway and all over London - truly benefit communities of all backgrounds and incomes?

Participants: Ben Page (Introduction), Hardeep Singh Kohli (Chair) , Boris Johnson, Neal Lawson, Lynsey Hanley, Ivan Massow, Tony Travers, Emma Peters, Nigel Coates (Respondent), Saskia Sassen (Respondent), Alex de Rijke (Respondent), and Danny Sriskandarajah (Respondent).

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Recorded on Saturday 23 June 2007
While the 2012 Olympics will hold the whole city up to world scrutiny it also presents an opportunity to raise aspirations for the capital. Now is the time to find out what sort of London Londoners really want. What changes would they most like to see - whether completed or in the pipeline - by 2012? A panel of architects, artists, writers and thinkers, will each offer up what one thing they would do to make London better and more beautiful.

Participants: Ben Page (Introduction), Paul Finch (Chair), Zaha Hadid, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Fritz Haeg, Helen Marriage, Tom Coward, Celine Condorelli, Shaun Bailey and John Bird.

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Recorded on Sunday 24 June 2007
Thanks to their high level of public transport, Londoners create fewest emissions and are the greenest people in Britain. But like any big city, London eats up energy and pumps out pollution. 'How can a boomtown be green?' asks how we can reduce rather than increase environmental damage. Could London be a model for sustainable big cities around the world? Or will attempts to make it more sustainable stifle its growth and force people out?

Participants: Ben Page (Introduction), Justin Rowlatt (Chair), Alex James, James Woudhuysen, Sian Berry, Alejandro Gutierrez, Sunand Prasad, Andy Neather (Respondent) and Peter Bishop (Respondent).

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Recorded on Monday 25 June 2007
London is becoming more dynamic, more frenetic and more dramatic. But does this activity and wealth up the quality of life for Londoners? Will it create better transport, more beautiful squares and parks, streets and buildings? Can London's boom be made to create a more pleasurable city to inhabit? Or should we just revel in its chaos? 'Can London be both big and beautiful?' explores the merits and flaws of a rapidly growing city.

Participants: Ben Page (Introduction), Paul Finch (Chair), Richard Rogers, Michael Snyder, Shumon Basar, Tristram Hunt, Sarah Gaventa (Respondent), Sean Griffiths (Respondent), Piers Gough (Respondent) and Ricky Burdett (Respondent).

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Recorded on Monday 25 June 2007, Starr Auditorium.
Generation London is a youth debate where young people from London's schools will debate their own thoughts on the changes to London with key decision makers. Today's young Londoners will inherit the city we're building now. They will ultimately benefit or lose out to the decisions made now about London's future. What do they think? What do they want? What role can they play in shaping a city that is vibrant, attractive and a dynamic place for young people to live and learn?

Generation London is coordinated by Nimble Fish. The event was filmed by young people from Shoeburyness High School, Southend as part of the Billboard Lab activities.

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B.Lab at Debate London

Billboard Lab chronicles Debate London and Global Cities action producing running footage and ultimately a documentary. The Billboard Lab is devised by Futurecity, a cultural agency working in collaboration with Creative Partnerships Thames Gateway and supported by Arts Council England, East (ACEE) and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).

The Billboard Lab has been travelling down the Thames to give different schools an opportunity to have their say about how regeneration might happen in their towns. For Debate London teams of young reporters from Shoeburyness High School, Southend worked with professional filmmakers at the Billboard Lab to document the debates and the Global Cities Exhibition.

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Recorded: 22 June 2007
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Recorded: 23 June 2007
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Recorded 24 June 2007
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Debate London is organised by The Architecture Foundation Charity Registration no.1006361
The Architecture Foundation is funded by Arts Council England