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The architecture of the City: the social impacts of urban design in cities

Architecture Saturdays

Richard Burdett

Director Biennale Architecture, 2006
9th October 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Guest Speakers: Richard Rogers, Saskia Sassen, Guido Martinotti, Richard Sennet

Three of the world's leading urban sociologists - Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett and Guido Martinotti - will be presenting new research on how architecture, space and society are closely interlinked. As director of the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale «Cities. Architecture and Society».

I will chair the discussion and give an illustrated talk on recent developments in world megacities like Mumbai, Istanbul and Sao Paulo. The winner of the 2006 Golden Lion, Richard Rogers, will also take part in the discussion on the role of architecture in the 21st century city.

The session will focus on how the architecture of cities across the globe is changing at an exponential speed in response to the process of globalisation, migration and increased flows of capital, goods and people. It will investigate whether our cities are becoming more integrated and inclusive, or more socially divisive and exclusive. It will explore the impacts of urban design on Climate Change, and how new models of architecture and design can lead to more sustainable cities. It will also dwell on how the urban economy is affected by the built fabric, and how cities have responded to the recent global recession.

Ricky Burdett