Date and time: 10 December 2008, 7pm – 8.30pm. Drinks from 6.30pm
Venue: BDP Hub, Clerkenwell, London EC1
In the last of its series for 2008, the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) think-tank Building Futures presents a topical debate on architecture and globalisation.
Architecture has long been established as a vehicle for a city or country to characterise itself, yet new cities in the Middle East, China and India have completely redefined this idea. However, building projects in such a manner and scale not seen before also raises new questions:
Are we in danger of creating the 'monotony of the exceptional?
What role do design standards play?
Is global architecture contributing to the erasure of local or regional identity, or is it providing a brave new language and experience of place around which people choose to group themselves?
How does the dual phenomenon of the 'Global City' and the global architect work?
The global economy is at present in a critical state, due to the scarce availability of credit and rising oil prices; now is a great time to consider the impact of linked up economies of scale to the profession, what it builds, for who and where.
Speaking at the debate are classical architect Robert Adam, Stirling Prize winner Alison Brooks, Vice President of finance group Blackrock Padraig Brown and Prof. Robert Wade of the LSE.
Press are invited to attend the debate, please RSVP to Mina Vadon, RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3761 or email@example.com