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London Talk Series: London I UK I 2008-2012

The aim of our annual talk series was 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.

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ASF-UK Talk Series 2011

Disasters and the Role of the Built Environment Professional

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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

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2. TONY LLOYD-JONES

Max Lock Centre, University of Westminster

URBAN RESILIENCE

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3. CASSIDY JOHNSON

Development Planning Unit, UCL

LAND-USE PLANNING, BUILDING CODES AND THEIR IMPACTS ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

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4. JOHN NORTON

President, Development Workshop France

PREVENTING TYPHOON DAMAGE TO HOUSING, CENTRAL VIET NAM

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5. MELVIN TEBBUT

Construction Advisor, British Red Cross

REALITIES OF BUILDING

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Generously hosted by Grimshaw Architects.

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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.

Speakers were:

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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?

Speakers were:

< Listen to a podcast of the presentation here 

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?’

Speakers were:

< Listen to a podcast of the presentation here

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Skills : Challenging Practice

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