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A series of Anglo-Dutch debates on issues in design & architecture curated and chaired by Lucy Bullivant.

The School of Architecture + Design at the Royal College of Art is hosting a series of Anglo-Dutch evening debates in the spring of 2006 called Shared Territories on contemporary issues in design and architecture. Free of charge, these evenings give the public and students an opportunity to hear a distinguished selection of Dutch and UK-based or -connected practitioners discuss critical themes relevant to contemporary design and architecture. These include the challenges their disciplines are facing internationally, not just at home or in Europe. Individual events will tackle urban design strategies and procurement processes; the qualities of 'glocal' product design; pinpoint new directions in 'inclusive' design, and explore what happens when you put design, people and technology together and envision the future.

Poster design by Bas Kools

Debate venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Thursday 19th January, 7.30pm

In response to globalisation and its inherent mobility of capital and labour, two urban development strategies have emerged in force. The first, frequently focussed on an image-based approach, is about rebranding cities; the second goes for broad brush master planning. What are the merits of these approaches, and how does each of these relate to much more strategic micro-design initiatives evident that go hand in hand with educational and information exchange between stakeholders and citizens? Now that so many cities and regions wish to tackle their post-industrial voids and territories, make new cultural capital out of the land and solve housing problems, we would also like to identify ways in which design procurement processes can be broadened, or are already changing, to take account of emerging patterns of social dynamics.


Professor Nigel Coates, Architecture, RCA and co-director of Branson Coates Architecture, London.
Adriaan Geuze, landscape architect, founder of West 8, Rotterdam.
Rients Dijkstra, architect and urban designer Maxwan, Rotterdam.
Sylvie Pierce, Director, Capital and Provident Regeneration, London.

Thursday 23rd February, 6.30pm

In today's globalised world, designers need to understand how their design languages and fabrication strategies relate to specific markets. Who are they designing for and what qualities of industrialised products make them acceptable in specific local cultural contexts?


Professor Ron Arad, Design Products, Royal College of Art.
Ed Annink, industrial, furniture and interior designer, and co-director of the design consultancy Ontwerpers, The Hague.
Jurgen Bey, industrial designer, Amsterdam.
Luke Pearson, industrial designer and co-director, Pearson Lloyd, London
Gioia Meller Marcovicz, furniture and lighting designer, founder of gioia ltd., Venice and London.

Thursday 9th March, 6.30pm

Design for the disabled, with its medical model, has been redefinedto encompass a much broader range of impairments under the heading of inclusive design. What are designers doing currently to create environments and products that are accessible to people right across society? Being concerned with solutions to complex problems, designers need to focus on integrated living and apply a questioning, holistic approach to social/psychological issues more widely, to avoid the 'exclusion' through design of specific groups of people and help combat their isolation. In the past altruism was the main justificationfor making things accessible to all. Now, social, legal and economic changes are driving policy, but adopting a new mindset about participative solutions to society's complexity is equally important. There is a real need for the design industry to address these issues.


Professor Roger Coleman, Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, Royal College of Art.
Torsten Neeland, industrial and interior designer, London.
Reinder Bakker, industrial designer, Amsterdam.
Jan-Jaap Rietjens, industrial designer, Splinter Industrial Design, Maastricht.
Rogério Lira, graphic and interaction designer, Airplant, Amsterdam.

Thursday 23rd March, 6.30pm

What happens when you put people, design and technology together? Which environmental species and positions emerge, and how do they relate to each other, if they relate at all? Ranging from sensory and extra-sensory space-time distortions; 'design noir' - investigating behaviours beyond the normative and/or dystopian; radical media pragmatism or advanced tools, what form of cultural positioning are their practitioners applying in relation to the sciences? And what claim do they place on the future, now that the future has arguably been devalued, and indeed put at risk of being pseudo-comprehensively 'future proofed' by commercial interests?


Professor Tony Dunne, Head of Interaction Design, Royal College of Art, and co-director, Dunne + Raby, and author, London.
Usman Haque, architect and director of Haque Design & Research, London, and former teacher at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.
Philippe Rahm, architect, co-founder of architectural duo Décosterd & Rahm, now working solo, Paris, and Diploma Unit Master, Architectural Association, London.
Kas Oosterhuis, architect and founder of ONL, multidisciplinary design office and Professor of Architecture, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture, The Netherlands.

With the generous support of the Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands Architecture Fund and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

In addition to the series, lectures and workshops involving Dutch practitioners will be staged at the Royal College of Art in 2006. Details to be announced.

The School of Architecture + Design at the Royal College of Art consists of five departments: Architecture, Design Products, Industrial Design Engineering, Interaction Design and Vehicle Design.