International Dialogues 2010

International Dialogues 2010

Change in our urban environment and way of life is fundamental in moving to a lower carbon world. These filmed talks are part of the RIBA’s major lecture programme in which architects, environmentalists, politicians and others discuss responses to the challenge of climate change.

In the 2010 RIBA Annual Discourse, given on 12 October, Lord Foster reflects on the issue of ‘performance’ as demonstrated through the natural world and human technology, from birds to gliders, cars, and bicycles. He links these examples to building performance, showing how this is reflected in the work of the global practice that he chairs.

He discusses the wider issues of today including designing for a low carbon world, and concludes with his vision for cities and communities of the future and the concepts underlying the ambitious Masdar project. The lecture is chaired by Angela Brady, RIBA President-Elect.

RIBA Annual Discourse 2010 - introduction by Angela Brady.

RIBA Annual Discourse 2010 - part 1.

RIBA Annual Discourse 2010 - part 2.

RIBA Annual Discourse 2010 - part 3.

RIBA Annual Discourse 2010 - part 4.


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RIBA Trust Annual Lecture 2010 - Kevin McCloud

Over the past few years Kevin McCloud has become the popular face of architecture on British television and a strong advocate of the role of the architect in good design. His ability to summarise the qualities that make a good building are well known to viewers of the annual RIBA Stirling Prize and Grand Designs. Kevin recently spent time in the slums of Mumbai for Channel 4.

In this lecture given on 18 May he argues that grand designs will not solve all the problems of our cities. Instead he proposes that true sustainability will be achieved when architects get together with residents to make the best of what is already there.



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Part of the International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change series, in association with Bioregional One Planet Communities.


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