We need to develop new possibilities to help us build up resilience to the enormous challenges facing society today. Architects have a great contribution to make – we are comfortable with threshold conditions and we are creative thinkers. With this in mind the RIBA's 8th annual research symposium asked the question: do urban thresholds help or hinder local resilience?
Encompassing issues including urban, dynamic and invisible thresholds, the symposium explored the societal and environmental challenges ahead. The event included case studies from both architects and academics, as well as the presentation of an exciting student design charrette showcasing how schools of architecture came together to explore 'tweaking thresholds'.
The keynote speaker for this event was Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects).
Introduction from Irena Bauman
Jan Gehl keynote speech
Professor Bill Gething and Tom Vigar: Inside and outside, interfacing with climate
Tina Saaby - Public and Private
Paul Chatterton: Private and Shared: Personal Societal Boundaries
Anna Minton - Ground Control
Ann Marie Connolly: Health, Obesity and Public Space
Oliver Marlow: Authorship in Architectural Design
Anne Power: Urban Segregation
Danny Dorling - Wealth Discrepancies