Time and date: 6 – 9pm, Tuesday 16 February 2010
Venue: The Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, London N1
The Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) think tank Building Futures, with The Surface Design Show, kicks off the most critical election year for a generation with a provocative debate on the big ideas for the future of our towns and cities .
The economic certainties of the past decade have been blown away in the past two years, and there have been countless recomendations, quick fixes and knee jerks over what to do next emerging from think tanks and policy officials from across the globe. While recent months have suggested a degree of market recovery in the City, there is little sign of the much desired 'trickle down' effect for wider aspects of the economy and society; what will the future hold for business, governance, ecology and society? What can we do to capture the imagination and critical minds to ensure recovery in the UK does not revert to bad habits in good times?
Chaired by Imperial College's Professor David Fisk, the debate features contributions from leading thinkers, including former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, economist Will Hutton, engineer and technologist Mark Whitby and director of the award winning muti-national architectural practice Brisac Gonzalez, Cécile Brisac.