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Michel Mossessian:
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Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
V&A Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

£9, £6 concessions
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London-based architect Michel Mossessian, founder of the global practice mossessian & partners, in conversation with curator, author and critic Lucy Bullivant, will talk about his ongoing work to create a livable downtown for the Qatari capital of Doha, their regeneration project for a UNESCO site in Fez, Morocco and his principle of the 'urban room', the habitable space between buildings which takes into consideration the political, social, environmental and economic demands of the site.

Mossessian, whose practice recently completed the 5 Merchant Square scheme in Paddington, will invite the audience to take part in an interactive demonstration of his unique 'Black Box' approach to architecture, which helps to make cities for citizens, applying the concept of the 'urban room', rather than through the means of one-off, iconic buildings.

Invited guests Peter Rees, City Planning Officer, City of London, and artist and curator Michael Pinsky, Curator of the arts programme at King's Cross Central, will join the event and contribute their thinking on the value of the 'Urban Room' from the perspective of their own experience of creating urban spaces and experiences.

The event is the latest in the V&A'S Talking Architecture series of conversations between notable architects and architecture curator, author, critic and lecturer Lucy Bullivant. Talking Architecture began in 2010 with Renzo Piano, architect of the Shard in London, and has to date featured architects Ken Yeang, Alejandro Zaera-Polo and David Adjaye, all of whom have an exemplary track record of innovative work in the city. The series will continue in the early summer. Please check the V&A website for details.

Michel Mossessian