Sustainability in Architecture: Late-Nite Review

Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm until 9.30pm, BDP's offices, Brewhouse Yard, London EC1V 4LJ

‘Architecture’ is seldom seen without the prefix ‘sustainable’. But what does sustainable architecture mean?

Richard Rogers says sustainable architecture means ‘the humanising of the built environment’. Spencer de Grey insists that sustainability is the equivalent of ‘good design’ while Leon Krier says that today’s ‘unsustainable architecture’ is the ‘architecture of excess’.  Conversely, these could simply be examples of what Financial Times’ architectural commentator Edwin Heathcote calls the ‘glib mantra of sustainability’ and Rem Koolhaas calls an ‘empty formula’. Can the idea stand up to scrutiny?

Champions of sustainable architecture will explain their ideas to, and be grilled by a panel of critics.

Part bear-pit, part celebrity wrestling, part rigorous review, the point of the discussion is to see if the architects – and panellists – can convey their ideas successfully, but also to see if those ideas themselves stand up to criticism.

Come along for a beer, a 7:30 start and the architectural challenge of the year. The event is free but please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register your interest in attending.

Speakers
Cany Ash
partner, Ash Sakula Architects

Chris Bannister
director, Hopkins Architects (winner, Building Magazine's 'Sustainable Architect of the Year 2008')

Kieran Long
editor, Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review; journalist, critic, teacher on design, architecture and the city; author, Hatch: The New Architectural Generation.

Charlie Luxton
designer specialising in sustainable refurbishment; writer and TV presenter, including Five's Build a New Life in the Country

Keith Papa
architect director, BDP

Karl Sharro
architect; writer; Middle East commentator; co-author, Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture

Amin Taha
architect, Amin Taha Architects and Group Work; jury member, RIBA’s National Awards and Stirling Shortlist

Craig White
founding director, White Design and ModCell

Chair:
Austin Williams
associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives


Produced by
Austin Williams associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives
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