- 6 January 2019 - 15 March 2019
- Location: University-wide
CV Checks drop in service.
Beauty is back. The government’s “Building Better, Building Beautiful” commission has been established to put beauty at the top of the agenda: it hopes to reduce opposition to development by making new housing more amenable to public taste. But whose idea of beauty are they talking about? Is there a general public consensus on what is beautiful? Are architects disengaged from popular taste? And can the planning system possibly hope to regulate beauty? The third and final Fundamentals debate series will tackle these questions head on, and will present its findings to the government commission. Come and join the big beauty debate!
View the full programme below and visit CSM Events to book your tickets*.
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The Public | Thursday 24 January, 6.30pm
What do the people want?
The government says it wants to make new developments more beautiful – but beautiful to whom? One person’s masterpiece is another person’s carbuncle. Are aesthetic judgements totally subjective, or is there a broad public consensus on what constitutes beauty in the built environment? If so, how can we determine what the public actually wants? Is it the house builders’ role to channel a popular idea of beauty, or to set the agenda themselves?
Liza Fior – Muf Architecture/Art
Deborah Garvie – Policy Manager, Shelter
Neil Pinder – Design & Technology teacher, Graveney School
Sir Roger Scruton – Chair, Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission
Andrew Whitaker – Planning Director, Home Builders Federation
The Architects | Thursday 7 February, 6.30pm
Is the profession detached from popular taste?
Beauty, style and taste have long been taboo in architecture, as if the appearance of a building is merely the byproduct of higher, more noble aims. Few students would dare to defend their design on the grounds that it is beautiful. After the “mods v trads” style wars of the 1980s and 1990s, are we living in post-style epoch where anything goes, or is there a basic grammar that architects should follow? Is there a gulf between the profession and popular taste – and, if so, how do we bridge the gap?
Lara Lesmes – Space Popular
Patrick Lynch – Lynch Architects
Kate Macintosh – Former architect for Southwark, Lambeth, East Sussex and Hampshire
Ben Pentreath – Ben Pentreath Architecture, Materplanning and Interiors
Diana Yu – Adam Architecture
The Planners | Thursday 21 February, 6.30pm
Can we regulate beauty?
The planning system is the chief mechanism for reconciling developers’ ambitions with the public interest. If the government wants new development to be more beautiful in the public’s eyes, how can the planning system help? Is there an obsession with new developments being “in-keeping” at the expense of them being good? Does the current apparatus of planning regulations, conservation areas, design guides and protected views serve its purpose, or do we need to rethink the way that beauty is assessed and regulated?
Nicholas Boys Smith – Create Streets
Alpa Depani – Architect and Public Practice associate, London Borough of Sutton
Rosemarie MacQueen – former Strategic Director for Built Environment, Westminster City Council
Grayson Perry – Artist
Amin Taha – Amin Taha Architects
Tickets: £10 Full Price | £5 Concessions
CV Checks drop in service.
CV Checks drop in service. Come along to one of our regular 15 min CV Check sessions for feedback on your CV and to receive information about how Careers and Employability can help you with your career development.
Join us for an open online seminar series curated by Dr Bonnie Stewart (Visiting Fellow, UAL) and David White (Head of Digital Learning, UAL), exploring how open approaches to teaching and learning can help students navigate complexity.
This series of visiting speakers is co-hosted by LCC’s department of Sound Arts and Design and UAL's research centre for Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice and is curated by Dr John Wynne.