This House Believes Globalisation is Bad for Architecture

Identity and 21st century economics

This House Believes Globalisation is Bad for Architecture Event

Wednesday 10 December 2008

The Global economy and the ever increasing movements of people and finance has produced the dual phenomenon of the Global City and the global architect. Architecture is used to advertise to an international market that it is both ready for business and progressive in its world view. New cities in the Middle East, China and India are putting up buildings in a manner and scale unseen before, but as this becomes commonplace are we in danger of creating the ‘monotony of the exceptional?’ Is global architecture and the perceived orthodoxy of modernism, contributing to the erasure of local or regional identity or is it providing a brave new ‘pluralistic’ language and experience of place around which people choose to group themselves?

The global economy is at present in a critical state, due to a variety of reasons, not least the scarce availability of credit and rising oil prices, but is bound to recover long term. Now is a great time to consider the impact of linked up economies of scale to the profession, what it builds, who for and where.

The evening features contributions from architect Robert Adam, Reinier de Graaf at OMA, Padraig Brown- Vice President of finance group Blackrock and Prof. Robert Wade of the LSE.

Building Futures Debates in 2008 are kindly sponsored by Macdonald and Company

Start Date:

Wednesday 10 December 2008 7.00am

End Date:

Wednesday 10 December 2008 8.30am

Event Address:


16 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, LONDON, EC1V 4LJ, United Kingdom

Event fee:



RIBA Building Futures

For further information contact

Macdonald & Company
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