Over the last 50 years, there has been a revolution in how our cities operate. We are not just witnessing new kinds of buildings; we are living through a fundamental transformation in how our urban spaces work. The corporate explosion of the last few decades has fundamentally shifted the relationship between architects, politicians and cities’ inhabitants, fostering innovative new kinds of engineering and design, but also facilitating ill-conceived vanity projects and commercial power-grabs – and often leaving people behind. What’s the best new thinking about the future of cities coming from architects, politicians and architectural commentators? What can we learn from recent experience in the UK, Brazil, Syria and elsewhere? Tom Dyckhoff, author of The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City, joins the architects Jaime Lerner (three-times mayor of Curitiba), Ben Derbyshire (president RIBA), George Ferguson (first elected mayor of Bristol), Barra Mac Ruairí (YTL) and Marwa al-Sabouni (author of The Battle for Home) to share their knowledge and debate the issues. Chaired by Pam Alexander.
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