RIBA Research Symposium 2013 - Urban Thresholds

29 November 2013

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Wren Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place


Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects) has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for this year's symposium. Now in its eighth year the symposium asks 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'.

The event will be followed by drinks and the launch of the RIBA and Home Improvement Project's Research in Practice Guide.


Irena Bauman is a practicing architect and a founding director of Bauman Lyons Architects.

Irena is also a Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at Sheffield University School of Architecture and is the Chair of Yorkshire Design Review, Patron of Urban Design Group, a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts.

To find out more about the full programme, please see the programme below.

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 below.

Please send a 500-word abstract or presentation description by Friday 1 November 2013 to Kim Trogal (k.trogal@sheffield.ac.uk), as a PDF attachment to an email, with 'Resilience and Architecture' in the subject line.

The RIBA is calling for architects, academics and others involved with built environment research across all disciplines to submit posters on the theme of Urban Thresholds for the 2013 RIBA Research Symposium.

Please read the submission criteria below.


Students: £39 (£32.50 + VAT)
RIBA members: £99 (£82.50 + VAT)
Non-members: £129 (£107.50 + VAT)


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Tara DeFabrizio
Tel: (020) 7307 5359



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