Olympia London, 24 - 25 January 2018

2017 features

Thursday 26 January 2017

15:00 - 16:00

Seminar room

The amphibious city

The UK is undergoing rapid changes as cities develop on limited land and climate change brings unpredictable weather patterns and flooding. Where will we live, work and play in the future and what role does water play? In this panel discussion we will debate new ideas for the future of design on or along rivers, lakes and canals. From floating leisure centres to houses created to react to rising tides, our panel of experts will explain how they have been driven to create architectural and technical responses to the very substance that has helped us build our cities and conquer the land.

Chris Romer-Lee, Co-Founder, Studio Octopi, CEO, Thames Baths Community Interest Company

In 2013 Chris and James Lowe founded social enterprise Thames Baths to build a floating pool in the River Thames, London. Thames Baths has since been published globally and is now at the forefront of discussions on the future use of urban waterways. In May 2015 Chris ran his first Kickstarter campaign raising £142,000 for Thames Baths in a thirty day campaign. In 2003 Chris and James founded architects Studio Octopi. The practice continues to undertake a broad spectrum of work in the arts, residential and commercial sectors. Since 2013 Chris has led on developing various plans for community driven outdoor swimming facilities including the Yarra Pools in Melbourne, Australia and Peckham Lido in south east London. In 2016 he led the Peckham Lido crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive and raised £63,000 from the local community, including pledges from the Mayor of London and Southwark Council. Chris is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.

Carl Turner, Director, Carl Turner Architects

Carl is Founding Director of Carl Turner Architects and is a self confessed “maker at heart”. His love of craft permeates his architectural design and often leads to innovative new uses for materials and processes.

Carl is directly involved in all aspects of the running of his studio and takes a hands-on approach to all of the projects that come into the office. Starting with his very own Slip House in Brixton, which went on to win the prestigious Manser Medal, the practice has gone on to create projects both large and small for a variety of clients including The Design Council, The British Council, MUDE Museum of Design & Fashion, Lisbon and are currently working on urban renewal projects with both Lambeth and Southwark Councils.

Carl lectures widely in the UK and overseas and is often asked to sit on jury and award panels. He is a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel and a fellow of the RSA. Carl was elected as National and London Council Member for the RIBA in 2014.

Carl Turner

Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director, Gensler

Ian Mulcahey is Managing Director of Gensler’s London office. With over 25 years experience in the design and implementation of complex urban projects at a range of scales in Europe and the Middle East. Ian has a deep understanding of the competing political, commercial and social forces that influence plans and is a renowned speaker and author of several articles on a number of planning issues. He is a member of the Economic Development Plan (EDP) Advisory Group, The ULI European Urban Regeneration Council, The East Thames Crossing Commission and Chair for the The Aldgate Partnership.


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