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RIBA Building Futures Debate

1 Oct 2009

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This House Believes Too Much Consultation Inhibits Great Design

Date: 14 Oct 2009

Venue: BDP Hub, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4LJ

Next week, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) think-tank Building Futures will be kicking off its Autumn/Winter 2009 debate series with a provocative evening looking at the merits of consultation and its role in the design and build process. Have we overcomplicated the process? Have we applied a system of design that imbeds mistrust in the abilities of the professional to deliver? Have we reached consultation saturation? Or have we failed to give the community meaningful options to participate?

Architects and urban designers now have a huge range of methodologies with which to engage and consult the public. Town meetings of old characterised by who shouts loudest, egos, propaganda and heckling have been replaced with a set of community driven programmes, frameworks and charrettes, on top of which lie reviews, public audit, evidence gathering and ever expansive inclusive agendas. Building Futures itself has invested heavily in bringing a new and creative method to designers with the aim of establishing its own brand of non-confrontation and alternative engagement through the Building Futures Game, but in the pursuit of democratic ideals have we over ‘bureaucratised’ design?

The debate is chaired by the new RIBA President Ruth Reed and features contributions from Stephen Bayley, author and outspoken cultural commentator with Alex Lifschutz, Associate Director of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with John Twitchen, partner of The Consultation Institute and Anna Minton author of the recently released book ‘Ground Control’.

RIBA Building Futures Debate information from RIBA 081009


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Building Futures is the RIBA’s think tank on issues affecting the future of the built environment. It was established to create space for discussion about the needs of society from our built environment and, consequently, the built environment professions in 20 years and beyond. The group aims to highlight and promote those working with new technologies and developing new ideas, which will contribute to the future of our towns and cities and address society’s changing demands over the coming years. How and where will we be living in 50 or 100 years’ time? What technologies will architects be using to design new buildings and what materials will be specified? How will the inevitable new technologies affect the buildings and places we use every day? The Building Futures programme is ongoing and includes exhibitions, debates, events and research activities. For more information visit www.buildingfutures.org.uk.

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