Three Cities in Flux – Urban Regeneration in London, Milan, Rome – Part 1

Lecture date: 2012-02-16

Bob Allies, Graham Morrison, Michèle Brunello, Pippo Ciorra, Reinier de Graaf and Brett Steele

Roundtable discussion

Introduction by Eric Parry;

With presentations by Bob Allies / Graham Morrison, Michèle Brunello, Pippo Ciorra, Reinier de Graaf and discussion moderated by Brett Steele, this roundtable event concludes the programme of lectures and exhibitions Three Cities in Flux-Urban Regeneration in London, Milan and Rome which took place at the British School at Rome June 2010 to December 2011 and brings together all participants for the first time.

Unfortunately, Stefano Boeri is unable to attend as previously advertised: Michèle Brunello, partner in Stefano Boeri Architetti, joins the discussion instead.

Centred around four main events – Allies and Morrison’s masterplan schemes for King’s Cross Central and the 2012 Olympics; OMA projects in London, Milan and beyond; Stefano Boeri’s plans for the Bio Milano and Roma 3 University’s Architecture Faculty study on regenerating Rome’s historic centre – the aim is to discuss the role of architect, client and developer and to identify the main challenges in international urban regeneration and to offer a critical assessment of some of the means available to confront them.

Bob Allies trained at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Architecture in 1981. He taught at the University of Cambridge from 1984-88 and served as Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1995, the University of Maryland in 1999, and the University of Bath from 1996 to 1999.

He has been a member of the faculty of the British School at Rome, has served on the Council of the AA, and is currently chair of the Shape East Design Review Panel.

Michèle Brunello, partner in Stefano Boeri Architetti, is studying for his PhD at IUAV University, where he is associate professor. He has held lectureships in several European universities and has received many awards and recognitions for the work he has developed on the Venice lagoon system as a metaphor of the Mediterranean city.

Pippo Ciorra, architect, critic and professor, sits on the editorial board of Casabella and has published widely. He has curated and designed exhibitions in Italy and beyond, most recently ‘Re-Cycle Strategies for Architecture City and Planet’ (Electa 2011). He is senior curator at MAXXI, Rome.

Graham Morrison trained at the University of Cambridge. He has been an RIBA Council member, a director of the RIBA Journal, a Royal Fine Art Commissioner and a CABE design review panellist from 1999–2004. He was visiting professor of architecture at the University of Nottingham from 2004/05.

He is a Commissioner for English Heritage and is a member of the English Heritage’s London Advisory Committee and its Urban Panel. He is also chair of the Southwark Design Review Panel.

Reiner de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. As a partner, he is responsible for projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Since 2002 he has run AMO, the research and design studio counterpart to OMA. He lectures in academic and professional settings.


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