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Public Lecture Series

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape will be launching it's Public Lecture Series in 2011, showcasing inspiring speakers currently researching, writing or practicing within the built environment and related fields.

All lectures are free, open to all and will be held in Culture Lab at 3pm unless otherwise stated. If you require any further information or to book a place for our lectures please contact anne.fry@ncl.ac.uk

More details will be added when available to the programme below:

Monday 14 February

Matthew Gandy : Mosquitoes, Modernity and Post-Colonial Lagos

Professor Matthew Gandy is a leading urban theorist and researcher on issues of ecology, environment, infrastructure and disease, and Director of UCL's Urban Lab. He is also Visiting Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in 2010-11. His book Concrete and clay: reworking nature in New York City was co-winner of the 2003 Spiro Kostof award for the book within the previous two years “that has made the greatest contribution to our understanding of urbanism and its relationship with architecture.” He is currently writing a book on cultural histories of urban infrastructure.


Monday 21 February *Venue: Room 2:21 Research Beehive*

Donald MacKenzie : The Credit Crisis as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge

Donald is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. He has undertaken widely-cited work on topics ranging from the sociology of nuclear weapons to the meaning of “proof” in the context of computer systems critical to safety or security. His current research is on the sociology of markets (especially credit-derivatives markets and carbon-emissions markets). Professor MacKenzie has authored books including An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets; Do Economists Make Markets? On the Performativity of Economics, co-edited with Fabian Muniesa and Lucia Siu, and Material Markets: How Economic Agents are Constructed. His work has been awarded a number of international prizes and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2001 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2004. 



Monday 7 March

Nezar Alsayyad : The Fundamentalist City: Medieval Modernity

Nezar Alsayyad is Professor of Architecture, City Planning, Urban Design, and Urban History at the University of California, Berkeley and chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. AlSayyad has authored and edited several books on housing, identity, tradition, urbanism, urban design, urban history, urban informality, tourism and virtuality. He has also produced and directed two public television video documentaries: Virtual Cairo and At Home with Mother Earth. He is a practicing architect and planner in the United States and Egypt and founder of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. A recent collaborative project entitled "Nano City" was produced with the Berkeley Group of Architecture and Planning (BgAP), a non profit design alliance of architects, planners, faculty members, consultants and students. Amongst his other accomplishments, Professor Alsayyad was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2008, the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty.


Wednesday 30 March

Owen Hatherley : A Guide to the New Ruins

Owen is a London based journalist who writes primarily on architecture, politics and culture and has contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian, Building Design, New Statesman, Frieze, New Humanist and the Wire. Owen blogs at 'sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy' and is the author of Militant Modernism and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain.


Tuesday 10 May

Ananya Roy : Worlding Cities: Toward a Theory of Global Urbanism

Ananya Roy is Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches in the fields of comparative urban studies and international development. Roy is the author of City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty and co-editor of Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America. Her most recent book project is entitled Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Frontiers of Millenial Development. In 2008, Roy was the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching award, the only teaching award given by the student body. Most recently, she was named 2009 California Professor of the Year by CASE/ Carnegie Foundation.


Tuesday 24 May

Iain Boal : West of Eden: Communal Space and Utopia in the Bay Area Counterculture

Iain Boal is a social historian, resident in California since 1985. He is associated with Retort, a group of writers, artisans and artists based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is affiliated with the Geography Department and the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley, the Community Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz, and Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck. He is co-author of Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War and Resisting the Virtual Life: The Culture and Politics of Information. His new book The Green Machine is a history of the bicycle.