This House Believes We Have Lost Sight Of The Future

Regaining Vision

This House Believes We Have Lost Sight Of The Future Event

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Directors have the art of visualising the future nailed. Film can at an instant make the utopian world tangible and provide the provocations to get us thinking, but why has the popular future become such an unobtainable place?

Architects once aligned themselves with the future, fusing their visions to political ideals and ambitions for a bolder tomorrow, but where is our contemporary vision coming from? Who is imagining tomorrow and what will be the drivers? Does our apparent anxiety in the future point towards a confusing set of messages and a lack of political will to invest in it? Is our future suffering from a lack of faith and leadership in the present? Can we regain it?

WIRED magazine with RIBA Building Futures host a multi-disciplinary evening fusing film, architecture and debate to reveal our ambitions for tomorrow. Chaired by WIRED’s editor at large Ben Hammersley with Land of Promise (1940) featuring contributions from François Penz, Reader in Architecture and the Moving Image at the University of Cambridge with Things To Come (1936), Stirling Prize nominated Eric Parry, founder and Co-Director of Eric Parry Architects, with Street of Crocodiles (1935), Sean Griffiths of fashion Architecture Taste FAT architects with Hindle Wakes (1927) and Emily Campbell of the Royal Society of Arts with Peter Ackroyd’s London (2004).

Tickets are available online at or from the BFI Box Office on 020 7982 3232.

Part of the RIBA’s 175 Anniversary ‘Of Dreams and Cities’ architecture in film season at the BFI.

Start Date:

Tuesday 17 November 2009 6.30pm

End Date:

Tuesday 17 November 2009 8.31pm

Event Address:

BFI Southbank

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT, United Kingdom

Event fee:



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