The aim of our annual talk series is to bring together distinguished academics and practitioners from within the ‘humanitarian sector’ and academia to discuss and debate a wide range of topics. In 2008 the series was designed to kick start a critical debate about what it is to be an ‘ethical and socially’ relevant practitioner and aimed specifically at professionals working within the built environment. In 2009 the talk series focused on issues of climate change and their consequential impacts which will continue to effect rural and urban populations around the world. In 2011 the series brought together eminent practitioners in the field of disaster response and disaster risk reduction to explore opportunities for developing urban resilience.
ASF-UK Talk Series 2011
Disasters and the Role of the Built Environment Professional
Natural disasters impact dramatically on the lives of both developing and developed nations. With recent disasters in mind, ASF-UK felt 2011 was an especially important moment to focus on the roles that we as built environment professionals can play, from the phase immediately after the disaster through to rebuilding communities. The talks raised these issues in a public forum, investigating disaster risk reduction and mitigation as well as long term strategies for people, civil societies, local governments, and countries to deal with the increasing numbers of vulnerable people globally.
1. Prof. IAN DAVIS
Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes
2. TONY LLOYD-JONES
Max Lock Centre, University of Westminster
3. CASSIDY JOHNSON
Development Planning Unit, UCL
LAND-USE PLANNING, BUILDING CODES AND THEIR IMPACTS ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
4. JOHN NORTON
President, Development Workshop France
PREVENTING TYPHOON DAMAGE TO HOUSING, CENTRAL VIET NAM
5. MELVIN TEBBUT
Construction Advisor, British Red Cross
REALITIES OF BUILDING
Generously hosted by Grimshaw Architects.
Expanding Architecture: operating a social agenda | Open Dialogues 2012
Challenging the Profession: Revolution/Reform/Relevance
A debate asking whether architecture needs just reform, or a revolution to become politically and socially relevant.
- Alison Coutinho and Dan Slavinsky (What Now?) [Download presentation]
- Alastair Parvin (00:/) [Download presentation]
- Harriet Harriss (Oxford Brookes University) [Download presentation]
- Colin Rose (Cardiff University) [Download presentation]
Local Vs Global
A debate to explore the challenges and relative merits of engaging on local and global levels. Can we really think locally in the globalised society we currently live in? What is the role of architecture in promoting localism within a global system? Can localism be destructive on a global scale?
- Wayne Head (BDP) and Yogi Ashokananda [Download presentation]
- Irena Bauman (Bauman Lyons Architects) [Download presentation]
- Isobel Byrne Hill (Arup International Development) [Download presentation]
Working with Communities: Agency/Tactics/Inclusion
This was the third of three debates in the series. The Localism Act and the reduction of building work available is forcing architects to consider the skills they have and the role they play. This dialogue posed the question ‘working with communities: have architects got what it takes?’
- Jeni Burnell (Multistory) [Download presentation]
- Isis Nunez Ferrera (ASF-UK) [Download presentation]
- Carolyn Butterworth (Live Project Coordinator, University of Sheffield School of Architecture [Download presentation]