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Author, critic and curator Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA hosts a panel discussion at the Royal Institute of British Architects to mark the launch of 'Masterplanning Futures' - her new book exploring and interrogating the identity of adaptive planning.

Tuesday 10 July 2012
6 - 7.30pm
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Milan Urban Development Plan, the infrastructure network of newly defined epicentres, Metrogramma © Metrogramma

The RIBA, with event supporters Sheffield Hallam University, is delighted to invite you to join the audience for this special event, with contributions and discussion from a range of international speakers, including:

  • Reinier de Graaf - OMA, Rotterdam
  • Alberto Francini and Andrea Boschetti - Metrogramma, Milan
  • Patrik Schumacher - Zaha Hadid Architects, London
  • Florian Beigel and Philip Christou - ARU, London
  • Ginés Garrido - Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos, Madrid

International masterplanning is adopting more adaptable and inclusive principles in response to both urban growth and ecological imperatives. In spite of the global economic crisis, new ideas and fresh approaches are emerging, in which the rigid plans of old are replaced by a mixture of flexible frameworks.

  • The masterplan is dead, long live the masterplan. If adaptive planning works better for more people, shouldn't we consign the word to history?
  • Whether S, M, L, X or XL, what are the most appropriate kinds of conceptual framework to deal with the challenges of the post-Fordist era?
  • Make it relational: how can new technologies assist in the creation of bespoke yet resilient urban plans?

Join this special roundtable analysis and review of the ideals and processes behind international masterplans and their role in generating new towns and cities in both the developed and developing world.

The discussion will be introduced by RIBA President Angela Brady.

Find more information about this event and book your place online to be part of this important discussion.

Masterplanning Futures by Lucy Bullivant is published in July 2012 and is supported by CABE Design Council, the Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur and the Danish Embassy.

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