Futures Dialogues- Global Practice in Local Scenarios

Thursday 15 May 2008

In Conversation

Spencer de Grey
Head of Design, Foster’s and Partners


Saskia Sassen
Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, New York

As part of Futures Fair 08, Building Futures hosts a landmark evening event exploring the nature of global architecture. What do we mean by this term and what are the various binding issues uniting practice around the world?

Since 1989, the number of practices with offices abroad has gone from 20 to 150 (BD Survey, ‘World Architecture,’ Jan 2007). Architecture has followed financial capital and consumer goods into new territories with the profession producing new landmarks confirming a city’s revival or new found confidence. Recently completed schemes across Asia and the Middle East demonstrate an extra-ordinary style of architecture on a vast scale by a number of global architects, but how does an international approach to building address its immediate audience and in what context is it placed? the global or the local?

Available through Building Futures.


Futures Dialogues is in conjunction with the RIBA trust and is supported by Foresight and Gleeds

BOOK ALL DAY TICKET FOR FUTURES FAIR includes Futures Dialogues evening event.

Start Date:

Thursday 15 May 2008 6.30pm

End Date:

Thursday 15 May 2008 8.00pm

Event Address:


66 Portland Place, LONDON, , W1B 1AD, United Kingdom

Event fee:

8 (5 students and RIBA members)


Building Futures RIBA

For further information contact buildingfutures@inst.riba.org

Futures Fair 08
RIBA Trust