During the Mayor’s East Festival (4 March – 9 March 2010) Open House will be holding a debate on 8 March asking whether the creative industry of architecture today has become more “industry” and less “creative”.
For many years, London has been the home base of many leading lights of contemporary architecture and one of the most vibrant centres of emerging talent in the profession. However, currently there is increasing debate about whether architecture has ‘lost its way’.
In this debate, leading architects, critics and cultural commentators will examine the future of architecture as a creative force considering questions such as:
In an era of boom and bust, are architects now always putting commercial considerations above design ones?
Is London getting the buildings it wants and deserves?
Where are the architects who are prepared to take risks?
Where are the innovators?
What does creativity mean today and who are the architects still at the forefront of it, particularly in London?
Confirmed speakers include architect and joint winner of the 2008 Stirling Prize, Alison Brooks; Sunday Times Architecture Critic and Editor of the RIBA Journal, Hugh Pearman; and Head of Department, School of Humanities, Royal College of Art, Joe Kerr.
The debate, which takes place on Monday 8 March 2010, is hosted by Allen and Overy LLP at One Bishops Square in East London. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via the Open House website.
Open House is working in partnership with the Mayor’s Culture team to deliver this architecture debate as a feature event for the East Festival.