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.
partner, Ash Sakula Architects
director, Hopkins Architects (winner, Building Magazine's 'Sustainable Architect of the Year 2008')
editor, Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review; journalist, critic, teacher on design, architecture and the city; author, Hatch: The New Architectural Generation.
designer specialising in sustainable refurbishment; writer and TV presenter, including Five's Build a New Life in the Country
architect director, BDP
architect; writer; Middle East commentator; co-author, Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture
architect, Amin Taha Architects and Group Work; jury member, RIBA’s National Awards and Stirling Shortlist
founding director, White Design and ModCell
associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies