We conclude our BYPY 2015 Q&As of the shortlisted property professionals by meeting Katie Kershaw from Node Urban Design.
The self-confessed grammar pedant takes a swipe at selfie sticks, makes an appreciative nod towards German urban design and dreams of teleportation.
Name: Katie Kershaw
Job title: Principal Urban Design and Heritage Consultant
Company: Node Urban Design
BYPY category: Property and Construction
1) If you could go back in time and have one conversation with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you discuss?
I would go back to Russia in 1917 and talk to Lenin to find out how he had the vision and conviction to translate a set of principles into a new world order...and pick up some tips on starting the revolution.
2) Which single element of any city in the world that you have visited would you like to see transplanted into Birmingham?
I love Birmingham and wouldn't want to change its inherent character. That said, there is certainly room to enhance the environment and make the city more people-centred.
Last year, I visited Freiburg in Germany and was blown away by its consideration of sustainability - from renewable energy technology to public transport.
What's best is that Freiburg isn't a capital city, or even a particularly large, global city. It simply applied a logical and sustainable long-term plan that put the needs of people as its priority.
The result is a place with high levels of engagement, good quality of life and an attractive physical environment.
The 'Greater Birmingham' area and the potential for increased levels of devolved power in the future gives us a real chance to make this principle work here if we can establish cross-party commitment to a long-term vision.
3) Which technological innovation would you happily see consigned to history and what would you like to see invented which doesn't yet exist?
I'm not sure it counts as a 'technological innovation' but as far as I am concerned the selfie stick is symptomatic of everything that is wrong with the world.
On that, I am sick of watching gigs through other people's phones. I find myself suppressing the urge to knock them to the floor and shout "be here now". So far, I have managed it.
I have always wanted the superpower to close my eyes, think of a place and magically be transported there so, if someone could invent that, I would be most grateful.
I imagine the space/time continuum may prove to be something of an obstacle however.
4) Think about who your ideal dinner guests might be but instead you can only invite their relatives. Who would you choose and what would you ask them?
My ideal guests would probably be Doug Stanhope and Charlie Brooker - that would be a fun night.
However, since, for some cruel reason, I'm only entertaining their family and, as Charlie Brooker is married to former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, I would save up my loo rolls in advance for a 'Tracy Island' party.
5) There are many 'National Days', some more obscure than others, but which one would you like to create that doesn't already exist?
National Grammar Day because, as anyone who knows me will confirm, the unnecessary use of capital letters and the misuse of apostrophes profoundly offends me.
Incidentally, I would also advocate on-the-spot fines for anyone producing signage with spelling and grammar errors. I am available to police this.