Date: Thursday 11 May 2017, Talk begins at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm
Venue: The Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street
New Now Next is a lecture series curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation and sponsored by ARUP. The IAF delighted to be joined by Peter Bishop on May 11, who over the past 25 years has been a planning director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked on major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the BBC’s campus at White City and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London. He was appointed as the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio, in 2006, the Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency in 2008 and in 2011 he carried out a review of national architecture and design policy on behalf of the Government and the Design Council.
Peter’s talk, titled ‘Dark Matter: Planning, Politics and the Shaping of Cities’, will explore how physicists have identified dark matter and dark energy as comprising over 95% of the known universe. You can’t see it or measure it, but without it the universe doesn’t make sense. Politics is the dark matter of our cities. We can plan and design cities but unless we understand the processes that shape them we will have little impact. In this talk Peter Bishop will use case studies of his work to illustrate the ideas of tactical, incremental and temporary urbanism in a fluid and ever changing world.
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