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Battle of the Buildings: the Great London Architecture Debate
Event Date 26/06/2009
Location London 
Country United Kingdom 
Description Imagine the terrifying scenario: a giant alien spacecraft 50km wide – as wide as London itself – is hovering over the capital and planning to destroy the city’s architecture – all except one building which they will leave untouched. With the city facing total destruction six specialists meet in the historic Faraday Theatre to convince an audience of Londoners which of our most inspiring buildings deserves to be saved in order to represent the best for the future.

Open House, London’s leading architecture education charity, brings together architect Sean Griffiths, architect and broadcaster Charlie Luxton, Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick, editor emeritus of the Architectural Review and director, World Architecture Festival, Paul Finch, and the BBC arts correspondent Razia Iqbal, in a head-to-head Battle of the Buildings on Friday 26 June 6.30-8pm at the Royal Institution.

The panel will argue passionately for their choices of which buildings have stood the test of time; which are the most innovative or sustainable; and which will transform the lives of future generations – perhaps because of their use of sustainable technologies. As the aliens listen in the audience will be the ones to make the final decision! Tickets (£8) are available from

The Battle of the Buildings is one of over 50 events in the Lives of Buildings programme organized by Open House, the charity well known for its popular Open House London annual event each September. The Lives of Buildings events include talks, tours and walks to highlight the richness and variety of London’s buildings – past, present and future. Open House is collaborating with English Heritage across the weekend 26-28 June to show how buildings live, grow, die and are reborn and will reveal how the designers of today are meeting the challenge to reduce, reuse and recycle as they shape our city. 

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