Philip Christou, Bo Tang, Paul Vermeulen: Respondents

Philip Christou, Bo Tang & Paul Vermeulen respond to the presentations of the speakers at Economy Class, a one-day symposium concerned with the various economies at play around and within architecture. They are then joined by the speakers in audience members in conversation. Economy Class was curated by Richard Hall.

Dr Bo Tang is senior lecturer, Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR), at London Metropolitan University. Since 2006, Bo has been exploring collaborative civic placemaking through teaching, research and hands-on live projects with her design studios in informal urban settlements in India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and more recently in Athens and London. She is co-editor of Learning from Delhi (2010) and The Architecture of Three Freetown Neighbourhoods (2013), and co-author of Loose Fit City (2018).

Paul Vermeulen is an architect, writer and founding partner of the Ghent-based office De Smet Vermeulen architecten. He is a professor at TU Delft, leading the chair of Urban Architecture. In 2011 he was awarded the Flemish Culture Prize (Architecture) for his contribution to architecture, its culture and its criticism.

Philip Christou is Professor Emeritus at the London Metropolitan University where he taught architectural design and worked in the Architecture Research Unit studio together with Florian Beigel from 1985-2017. He is the Director of Florian Beigel Architects and lives in London.

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