Don Carter at RIBA

A packed conference room at RIBA North on Mann Island waited excitedly to see what insight Don Carter, Director of the Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh would relay to the Merseyside Civic Society (MCS) event crowd. They were not disappointed as Don Carter’s presentation spanned decades of history within the rustbelt capital cities of America and showed that the futures of areas are not built on economic stability but on the people who live in them.

Don Carter was introduced by MCS board member Erik Bichard who explained how the pair had started to work together on the book ‘Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe’ with Erik contributing a chapter based on Liverpool’s battle through economic and social instability to make it through to being the city it is today.

Accompanied by an informative slideshow and a couple of 80s pop hits by Billy Joel and Chrissie Hynde, Don Carter took the attendees on a walkthrough of recent history in his example city of Pittsburgh and the lessons that can be learned from the story by other cities around the world. Mr. Carter remained engaging and informative from start to finish of his speech before opening up the evening to a Q&A session with the crowd. With the night drawing to a close the talk had to end but Don Carter stayed behind to answer questions from members of the audience who did not have time to question him during the previous two hours.  As the large crowd dispersed back into the city we at Merseyside Civic Society expressed our gratitude to Mr. Carter who had travelled from Pittsburgh, RIBA North for hosting the evening so wonderfully and everybody who came along and made the night very special.


MCS’s next event will take place at Quaker Meeting House on Tuesday 24th October where Dave Roscoe will talk the crowd through a review of the past, present and future of the Albert Dock as it approaches its 175th anniversary. Places are being booked out quickly so with a limited capacity at the venue do not miss out on your chance to hear another talk hosted by MCS, book your FREE place here: