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 will ask the question: do urban thresholds help or hinder local resilience?
Encompassing issues including urban, dynamic and invisible thresholds, the symposium will explore the societal and environmental challenges ahead. The event will include 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'.
A range of leading speakers will give short presentations, and the symposium will include plenty of opportunities for networking.
The keynote speaker for this event will be Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects).
Full information on the day can be found below.
Friday 29 November 2013
9.30am – 5pm
The symposium will be followed by drinks and the launch of the RIBA and Home Improvement Project's Research in Practice Guide
Wren Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
Local Resilience and Architecture
Following from the theme of the RIBA Research Symposium 2013, the Sheffield School of Architecture is seeking contributions for a Building Local Resilience platform that will focus is on the role of architecture in developing resilience on a neighbourhood scale. Submissions are welcome that bring critical reflections or critical histories, as well as technical research, perspectives from practice, user-perspectives and so on. We welcome submissions in a variety of formats, including academic papers, practice-based research and thinking, photo essays and films, personal reflections or reviews.
For more information please download the call for contributions, which can be found below.
Please send a 500 word abstract or presentation description by Friday 1 November 2013 to Kim Trogal (email@example.com), as a PDF attachment to an email, with “Resilience and Architecture” as the email subject.