Department of
Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture Matters Professor Lawrence Barth, AA

Thursday 26th February 2015 (18:15-19:15)

'Designing for Uncertainty’ 

Last week, Julian Harrap delivered a profound talk about his particular intellectual approach to working with historic buildings and settings. This week, our lecture jumps in scale, up from buildings to that of the city. Our guest, Lawrence Barth, will consider the urban angle in architectural design, drawing on a wide range of research interests and practices; that includes his research on urban intensification and innovation environments (most recently in Singapore), studio projects in collaboration with his students from the Housing and Urbanism Masters at the AA and his urban consultancy, where he advises such firms as Zaha Hadid Architects and s333 Architecture on the more social aspects of urban impact of their large-scale urban intervention proposals. To tie all of this together, the lecture title could have been expanded to ‘Uncertainty, Value, and Change: Understanding the Role of Design in Urbanism’. Those are indeed a range of uncertain values in a contemporary design process. 

This lecture will be particularly of interest to all students trying now to convert their research and investigations into design proposals set within the complexities (and uncertainties) of the site context. And what’s more, you are also welcome to join T&G’s social event in the Marmont Café immediately afterwards. 

See you there!

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This event is a free and open to all staff and students.

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Professor Lawrence Barth lectures in the Housing and Urbanism Programme at the Graduate School of the Architectural Association. 

Prof Barth works independently as a consultant urbanist for cities, design practices and research institutes. He has collaborated with diverse architects and landscape architects on large-scale urban projects, and has assumed the lead role in overseeing a multi-disciplinary refinement of the central district within the one-north Masterplan for a mixed-function innovation environment in Singapore. He helped to organise the Learning Cities Platform bringing together project leaders and city planners for key urban developments in Hamburg, Utrecht, Bordeaux, Malmö, and Tampere. In recent years, he has advised metropolitan governments in Tallinn, Paris, Tainan, and Taipei, as well as smaller municipalities in the Melbourne and Stockholm regions, on the relation of design to the development of urban strategies. He is currently involved in a range of design and advisory roles internationally on trends shaping future relations between the university and the city.

Prof Barth is a member of the UK’s Academy of Urbanism. He is on the Advisory Board of INTA, the International Urban Development Association, and develops their knowledge transfer activities in the area of innovation and workspace urbanism, and is a member of the International Advisory Council for the Fundación Metropoli in Madrid. 

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