BWR: Building Waterloo Region Festival
Keynote Speaker: Alison Brooks,
Alison Brooks Architects
Topic: News from London: 'Future Heritage' and the Culture(s) of City-Building
WED. July 30 at 7:30 pm
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas
at Perimeter Institute - 31 Caroline St. N. - Waterloo
Britain, and London in particular, has served as one of the world's great testing grounds for urban design, architectural ideas, and cultural ideals. From the monastic settlements of the Middle Ages, to the 17th Century's Georgian squares, to 18th C Regency planning followed by the spectacular urbanisation of the Industrial Revolution; to Ebenezer Howard's Garden Cities and the utopian housing disasters of the post-war period; Britain is emerging with a newly energized, critical culture of city-building. This culture addresses not only issues of urban design but the complex social, economic and political forces that often work against quality of life in growing cities. Alison Brooks has spearheaded a current UK debate around new development and urban design that identifies quality, robustness, identity and character as significant generators of long-term social and economic value; the principle of future heritage. She will discuss this concept and how Britain's urban legacy has provided a fertile context for ABA's 'city-building' work in London, Bath and Oxford.