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Constraint and Creativity: Is Red Tape the Enemy of Architecture?

05 March 2013

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Venue:

RIBA, 66 Portland Place London

Description:

Venice Takeaway Debate 

The UK is often regarded as a place stifled by red tape and characterised as being risk averse.

In contrast, Venice Takeaway exhibitors Liam Ross and Tolulope Onabolu's journey to Lagos revealed a place where individuals freely accept responsibility rather than acted in accordance with regulations.

Is the regulation climate in Britain now so intrusive that rather than creating improvements they instead restrict freedoms and discourage individual responsibility? Will the government's current proposals to review Building Regulations threaten design quality or will they set architects and designers free?

Discussion chaired by Alastair Donald - British Council with:

  • Liam Ross - Dept of Architecture, Edinburgh University
  • Tom Mullarkey - Chief Executive, Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents and
  • Piers Gough - CZWG
  • Alex Ely - mæ architects
  • Tim Gill - Author of No Fear. Researcher on risk & childhood
  • Finn Williams - Common Office/ Deputy Team Leader Placemaking, LB Croydon

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State Police Headquarters with Kiosk, Lagos.
© Liam Ross

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