Patrick Keiller: Screening of The Dilapidated Dwelling + Q&APatrick Keiller: Screening of The Dilapidated Dwelling + Q&A
Renowned director Patrick Keiller invites discussion of his haunting exploration of why, as a supposedly advanced economy, the UK fails to address the problem of its dilapidated, over-valued housing stock.
Patrick Keiller studied and practised architecture before studying in the Department of Environmental Media at the Royal College of Art. He has been making films since 1981, which have been widely screened internationally and in the UK.
His first feature length film, ‘London’ (1992) and its sequel, ‘Robinson in Space’, (1997) are narrated by Paul Scofield who accompanies his unseen friend Robinson on excursions around London, researching the problems of London and England. ‘The Dilapidated Dwelling’ (2000), was made for television but never broadcast and features Tilda Swinton as the voice of another researcher, surveying the dilapidated state of England's housing stock after a twenty-year absence.
The sequel to London and Robinson in Space, ‘Robinson in Ruins’ (2010) was the result of a three-year research project, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, and focused on the natural world around the South of England.
Professor Prue Chiles: Common ground and an upward gaze – reflecting on the importance of people in the design of architectureProfessor Prue Chiles: Common ground and an upward gaze – reflecting on the importance of people in the design of architecture
Professor Chiles combines research and teaching with architectural practice. Through this she investigates the reciprocal relationships between people, place, teaching, creativity and architectural design. Her work is informed by a conviction that a research attitude to architectural design, combined with strategic sustainability in its widest social and environmental sense, is critical in any successful creative project or beautiful building.
Two enterprises (Prue Chiles Architects, established in 1999, now Chiles, Evans and Care Architects, CE+CA, and Bureau-design+research) she set up at the University of Sheffield, have participated in regeneration of the North of England and beyond. Projects from both have been exhibited and published and the practice work has won a number of regional awards and was recently profiled in Thames and Hudson’s 2013 'Architects’ Sketchbook’.
20 years of working with communities and strategic partners in Yorkshire and the North of England, on neighbourhood design, school building and new futures are fertile ground for research. Her recently published book 'School building – key issues for contemporary design' describes this work through the themes that can make one of our most important civic buildings, schools, better for all the people involved.
Professor Ash Amin: On Urban FailureProfessor Ash Amin: On Urban Failure
With the dangers of risk society escalating by the day, cities find themselves especially vulnerable to the challenges of climate change, economic instability, ontological complexity, and social fracture. They face and suffer devastation, but also survive. This lecture considers the usefulness of seeing cities through the lens of 'failure': what comes into view, what can be learned, and how 'smartness' is redefined.
Ash Amin is Professor of Geography at Cambridge University. He is known for his work on cities, race and multiculture, the social economy, and progressive politics. His most recent books include Land of Strangers (2012, Polity) and Arts of the Political (with Nigel Thrift, 2013, Duke). His new book with Nigel Thrift on cities as machines will be published by Polity in 2016.
Professor Lindsay Bremner: Folded Ocean: The Maldives. Thinking Design with an Indian Ocean ArchipelagoProfessor Lindsay Bremner: Folded Ocean: The Maldives. Thinking Design with an Indian Ocean Archipelago
Since the 1970’s, the archipelago has been used by a number of architectural theorists as a metaphoric trope for portraying architecture’s autonomy from the urban conditions that surround it. This is based on a binary conception of the relation between land and sea that is arguably Eurocentric or at least Mediterranean: of solid, stable, rocky outcrops pitted against the dynamic forces of the sea. This presentation will undertake a critique of this from an Indian Ocean perspective by thinking with one of its central island formations, the Maldives archipelago.
The Maldives was the central fold line in the cartographic device with which I started my project on the Indian Ocean, Folded Ocean, but, more importantly, because it is a territory whose area is comprised 99.66% of water, it provides an apt place to reconsider or even overturn the idea of the world as human and terra-centric and to reconsider what it means to live on a terraqueous globe. The presentation will lay out a new epistemology of the archipelago as a hybrid assemblage of dynamic socio-ecological relations. This will serve as a template for thinking about a world characterised by radical fluidity, uncertainty and flux and lay out an alternative role for design within it.
Richard Harral: Big Brother? Why and how government regulates buildingsRichard Harral: Big Brother? Why and how government regulates buildings
The Building Regulations in England have evolved over many centuries to deliver societal objectives ranging from fire prevention and life safety to reducing carbon emissions. As the scope and complexity of regulation has increased, more is demanded from designers in balancing competing objectives and synthesising technical requirements with spatial and aesthetic considerations. This lecture will seek to provide insight into why Government chooses to regulate (or not regulate); who decides on what regulation is passed; and how regulatory requirements are evaluated.
Richard Harral is an architect and the Head of Technical Policy within DCLG’s Building Regulations and Standards Division with responsibility for development of regulations including energy efficiency, fire safety, accessibility and public health in buildings in England. He is a graduate of Newcastle University and worked as an architect in private practice as an associate for Kathryn Findlay and Buschow Henley and then as a partner in small practice before joining Government.
Professor Michael Hebbert: The Anatomy of the StreetProfessor Michael Hebbert: The Anatomy of the Street
Seventy years from the publication of Thomas Sharp's classic Anatomy of a Village, Michael Hebbert considers the importance attached by Sharp to the shaping of street-space through built form, whether in rural or urban settings. The lecture applies an anatomical approach to the street canyon, showing how its component elements of facade, frontage, pavement, furniture, lighting, planting, carriageway and microclimate have fared in intervening decades. It is a narrative of gloom lightened by hints of revival - as Sharp put it, in poetic mode, "such / Wealth as sometimes a lone prospector found / When after barren years he came on golden ground."
Michael Hebbert is Professor of Town Planning in the Bartlett at UCL, and Emeritus Professor of the University of Manchester. Beginning at Merton College as an Oxford historian, he pursued his doctorate under (Sir) Peter Hall in Geography at the University of Reading and developed wide-ranging interests in the history of city planning. Among other topics, his writings have explored the planning histories of London and Manchester, regionalism and regional planning, evolving theories of urban landscape and highway design, railway stations in cities, and the application of scientific climatology to urban design. He has taught at Oxford Brookes and the London School of Economics as well as the University of Manchester. He has been active in community initiatives and building trusts in London and Manchester and chaired the design review panel for the London Crossrail project. In 2002-10 he edited the Elsevier journal Progress in Planning and now edits Planning Perspectives, the leading international forum for scholarship in the history of town planning.