What is the role of architecture in the political economy of infrastructure?
Date: 3 July 2017
Tickets: £15, concessions £12
Venue: The Building Centre
Speakers: Eime Tobari, Associate Director, Space Syntax
Mark Middleton, Managing Partner, Grimshaw
Other speakers to be announced
MoA’s thematic programming on Architecture and Citizenship explores the relationship between politics and the built environment with the aim of helping architects become active agents of social change.
In recent months, architecture and the built environment have been put at the centre of political debates on both sides of the Atlantic in discussions that extended from better investment in infrastructure to the physicality of national borders. Beyond polarising political arguments, infrastructure projects are closely tied to broader shifts in national and international policies that range from energy agreements, compliance with legislation on public health and the environment, or coping with the pressure of rising population. In the UK, infrastructure development relies heavily on the private sector for investment and delivery. However, according to the Institute for Government, decisions about infrastructure involve long-term commitments and require the government’s involvement to develop policy and regulatory framework, as large infrastructure projects tend to have important land use implications.
In this context, what is the role of architects and designers? How can they impact investment decisions to improve infrastructure systems and define how services are delivered? With vast infrastructure systems set to affect the way we live for years to come, it is crucial for architects and designers to mediate the relationship between aspirations of the country’s citizens and long term policies of the state.
This event is organised in partnership between the Musuem of Architecture and the Built Environment Trust.