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Lucy Bullivant & Thomas Ermacora present Rebooting the Masterplan – Part 2

Lucy Bullivant & Thomas Ermacora present Rebooting the Masterplan – Part 2

Urbanista.org, in conjunction with the Recode Gallery at Limewharf, continues its popular series of events with Rebooting the Masterplan, two evening talks and discussions investigating contemporary progressive masterplanning ideals and strategies, staged in collaboration with the Urban Design Group.

The conventional masterplanning model is dead, long live the masterplan! Reinvented as an adaptive multidisciplinary instrument closely related to the wide-ranging complexities of contemporary life, the masterplan, with its precise deliberations and processes, has gained a fresh significance. How change is managed is of pivotal importance, and the masterplan as a hands-on cultural framework which doesn’t alienate people, responding to urban environments as organisms in continual evolution, has the power to foster potentials and a better sense of ownership, along with a new resilience in the faces of multiple challenges.

Rebooting the Masterplan will be staged in two parts, on Monday 10 March and on Monday 12 May 2014:

Rebooting the Masterplan – Part 2

Speakers: Liza Fior, muf architecture/art, Paul Karakusevic, Karakusevic Carson, and David West, Egret West.

Venue: The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL.
The entrance to The Gallery is at the end of the courtyard at 77 Cowcross Street.

Tickets: £5. Book here

Moderators: Lucy Bullivant and Thomas Ermacora

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Liza Fior, muf architecture/art
The architect Liza Fior was born in London where she practices as one of the founding partners of muf architecture/art, set up in 1994. Since 1994 muf architecture/art has established a reputation for pioneering and innovative projects – incremental urbanism, built landscapes and public realm, strategies and buildings, temporary and permanent. These address the social, spatial and economic infrastructures of the public realm, and muf negotiates between the built and social fabric, and between public and private in projects that have been mainly focused in East London, but not exclusively. Muf were winners of the European Prize for Public Space for Barking Town Square in 2008, and were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2010 and the Swiss Prize for Architecture (2012) for projects with limited budgets and briefs enriched by muf’s unsolicited research behind each of their projects. In 2011 muf won a RIBA Award for Barking Central, Public Realm Architect, and Making Space in Dalston with J&L Gibbons won the Landscape Institute President’s Award. Liza is co-author of This is What We Do: a muf manual (London, 2001). She has taught at the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art and Yale University School of Architecture. http://www.muf.co.uk

Paul Karakusevic, Karakusevic Carson Architects
Paul is a founding member of Karakusevic Carson Architects, an award winning team of architects working at the forefront of urban design and architecture focuses on delivering successful, sustainable neighbourhoods, mixed tenure housing and public buildings, reflecting their unique and local sense of place and the real needs of the communities involved. Karakusevic Carson Architects is appointed to both the HCA and LDA/GLA Design for London Urban design, Masterplanning and Architecture framework panels, and many others run by local authorities, housing and charitable trusts.Currently working on large scale regeneration and delivery of housing projects and public buildings across London, the practice won Housing Architect of the Year and New London Architecture Award 2013; and was shortlisted for London Planning Awards 2013, and two Housing Design Awards, 2012. Paul is also a design advisor to the HCA and Urban Design London, and is leading the HCA design review, the audit of the Design for Manufacture initiative and the technical audit/critique of several HCA schemes. http://www.karakusevic-carson.com

David West, Studio Egret West
David is a planner and urban designer specialising in urban visions and strategic framework plans who has pursued a passion for delivering place specific strategies and solutions. Since graduating from Manchester University and TU Delft, the Netherlands, his experience has been diverse and world wide. Previously at Alsop, he established and directed the BIG Architecture group which formulated a series of radical urban strategies that genuinely challenged conventional or ingrained thinking about places. Work at Alsop included theRotterdam Centraal Masterplan and the Strategic Urban Design Frameworks for New Cross Gate, Lewisham and Leicester, New Islington in Manchester and the multi-layered Bradford Centre Regeneration Masterplan. Setting up Studio Egret West with Christophe Egret in 2004, he led the practice’s creation of numerous sustainable neighbourhood projects including Evolution Gateshead (3000 homes), Middlehaven Docks (700 homes); Surrey Canal – London’s Sporting Village (a 2,500 home and 2,500 job development around Millwall football club) and Cambridge Sporting Village. He prepared the strategic framework plans for Holt Town, East Manchester, Maze Long Kesh in Belfast and South Shields Riverside in Tyneside. In London, David is currently leading the following projects as lead consultant/principal urban designer: The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes (a mixed use regeneration project for 600 homes and 4000 jobs); The Millharbour Village Masterplan; The Stratford Town Centre Public Realm Strategy and a rejuvenating urban design strategy for Bromley town centre. http://egretwest.com


Lucy Bullivant, Urbanista.org
Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA is the founder and Editor-in-chief, Urbanista.org. An author, critic, curator of exhibitions and conferences internationally, guest lecturer, consultant and expert witness in planning cases, she is also Adjunct Professor, urban design history and theory, Syracuse University in London, and an advisor to Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement, Paris and FRAC, Orléans. Her many published books include Masterplanning Futures (Routledge) which won the Urban Design Group Book of the Year (2014), New Arcadians (Merrell) and Anglo Files (Thames & Hudson). Urbanista.org is a new webzine of critical perspectives on contemporary urban design and its responses to social, cultural, political and economic forces globally founded in February 2013. Its incisive global radar senses and unfolds narratives, enabling Urbanista.org to operate as a unique media vehicle, including events and exhibitions internationally, in a field experiencing deep challenges. It been designed by &&&, London, a design agency reclaiming graphic design in the purest form as a powerful tool to intuitively communicate across all platforms. http://www.urbanista.orghttp://www.lucybullivant.net

Thomas Ermacora, LimeWharf
Thomas Ugo Ermacora, founder and curator of LimeWharf futures gallery and artistic laboratory and founder, Clear Village, creative regeneration specialists responsible for many participatory placemaking projects. Current and recent collaborations with World Design Capital, Helsinki; Design Council, UK; Big Lottery Local Food Programme. RSA Fellow, and Contributing Editor to Urbanista.org.

18:30 – 21:00

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