00:/ Changing Practice_ RIBA Research Symposium 2009

September 30, 2009

Last Thursday Indy spoke at the RIBA Research Symposium 2009 Changing Practice, along with an interdisciplinary mix of practitioners, theoreticians and researchers including Anne Lacaton, Keith Bradley, Stephen Hill, Liza Fior and Jonathan Charley. The symposium aimed to provide a context to present the challenges and opportunities to architectural practice – to look at and question the ways in which we operate. Amongst the talks there were some inspiring examples of how architects have strategically challenged the status quo, along with passionate rallying calls for us all to take responsibility for changing the profession.

It will be well worth downloading the papers from the RIBA Research website when they become available.


2 Responses to “00:/ Changing Practice_ RIBA Research Symposium 2009”

  1. architecture00 Says:

    I have been recommended Anne Lacaton’s paper as I missed her keynote speech. She discussed her firm’s recent social housing projects where they challenged the local authorities’ plans by demonstrating how existing buildings could be adapted and transformed more efficiently, economically and qualitatively than if they were simply demolished and replaced with new buildings. In France (as in the UK) there has been a program to demolish existing 1960s and 70s buildings in an attempt to transform the image of the city. Lacaton and Vassel have prioritised the quality and space of dwelling, place making and new usage and facilities, in a strategic approach that exceeds the space standard requirements within the same budget, and negotiated with the landlord for rents at the same price.


  2. architecture00 Says:

    In additon, Jonathan Charley’s ten minute video in the Ideology of Practice section should be available on youtube soon. He was asked to “unpick some of the underlying myths and assumptions of architectural practice from a Marxist perspective, to provide a critical examination of the ideologies and belief systems that shape it, and to give pointers about how it could develop.” A massive task!

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