The Shrinking World
Thursday 22 September 2011, 10am - 5pm
Venue: Wren Room, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
Now in its sixth edition, the RIBA Research Symposium 2011 addressed the theme of The Shrinking World.
Globalisation and emerging markets present numerous opportunities for architects to export their skills all over the world. Given the state of the UK economy, providing architectural services overseas has become increasingly vital to commercial survival. How easy is it? What are the pitfalls? What are the ethics of globalisation?
The Symposium explored a range of issues concerned with providing professional services internationally. These included some of the technical difficulties of delivering projects in distant locations, the different patterns of working that are found internationally and the potential for information technology as an aid to communication. It reviewed the ethics of exporting visions of the built environment to emerging economies, whose roots are firmly embedded in a European tradition. A range of leading speakers gave short presentations, and the Symposium included plenty of opportunities for networking, including an after lunch speed-dating session.
Robert Adam (Adam Architecture)
Archie Campbell (Arup)
David Cash (BDP)
Alina Hughes (Architectural Design and Global Difference Centre, Nottingham Trent University)
Roddy Langmuir (Edward Cullinan Architects)
Tim Makower (Allies and Morrison)
Peter Oborn (Aedas)
Erland Rendall (Davis Langdon)
David Throssell (Skanska)
John Tomlinson (Nottingham Trent University)
Kathleen Watt (University of Lincoln)
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