Alastair Donald
associate director, IoI; co-director, Future Cities Project

Alastair Donald became associate director of the IoI in January 2017. He coordinates planning and programming across projects including Battle of Ideas and Battle of Ideas Europe, and is co-founder of the IoI’s residential school Living Freedom which allows 18-25-year-olds to explore the meaning and ideals of freedom in the twenty-first century.

Alastair is an experienced cultural programmer having worked in the UK and internationally to develop festivals, exhibitions and curated programmes. He is co-director of Future Cities Project, founding member of New Narratives and also of mantownhuman, which published Manifesto: towards a new humanism in architecture (2008). The Manifesto featured in Penguin Classics 100 Artists’ Manifestos. He is also co-convener of Critical Subjects, mantownhuman’s international residential architecture school based in London.

Alastair is the co-editor of The Lure of the City: from slums to suburbs (2011) and The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated (2008). He has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, the Independent, City Metric, Architectural Review and Blueprint.

Follow Alastair on Twitter @MaximumCities


Saturday 28 October, 10:00 Conservatory
Housing: reform or revolution?

Saturday 28 October, 13:10 Frobisher 4-6
Constructivism: art, architecture and social change

Saturday 28 October, 14:00 Conservatory
Is local democracy broken?

Saturday 28 October, 14:00 Frobisher 4-6
Igniting the spark of creativity in Brexit Britain

Saturday 28 October, 16:00 Conservatory
Toxic smog: hazard or hype?

Sunday 29 October, 10:00 Cinema 1
Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Thursday 2 November, 21:30 Maus Hábitos, Rua Passos Manuel 178, 4º PISO, 4000-382 Porto, Portugal
Who and what are the arts for?

Saturday 4 November, 16:00 Zé Dos Bois Gallery, Rua Da Barroca, 59 1200-047 Lisboa (Bairro Alto), Portugal
State of the arts: global versus local

Saturday 4 November, 18:00 Zé Dos Bois Gallery, Rua Da Barroca, 59 1200-047 Lisboa (Bairro Alto), Portugal
Preservation or modernisation?

Wednesday 15 November, 19:30 Flemish-Dutch House deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6, 1000 Brussels
Good populism, bad populism?

Saturday 18 November, 11:00 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
Fake news and rigged elections: moral panic or threat to democracy?

Saturday 18 November, 12:30 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
The urban-rural divide: dissecting the culture wars

Saturday 18 November, 14:00 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
Book launch China’s Urban Revolution: understanding Chinese eco-cities

Saturday 18 November, 14:30 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
In the wake of Weinstein: #MeToo, calling out and sexual harassment

Saturday 18 November, 16:00 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
Hate speech and democracy: should we tolerate the intolerant?

Saturday 18 November, 17:30 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
America: where now?

Tuesday 28 November, 18:30 University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE
Can culture save the city?