The Barbican Debate

Ethics in Architecture: The Corbusian Legacy

9 April 2009

£18 full price
£14 Barbican members
£10 concessions
AMB disabled discount is limited to £10 for ALL performances

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Line-up of internationally acclaimed architects announced as panel for The Barbican Debate

Don't miss an unparalleled opportunity to hear five of the world’s leading architects and thinkers discuss crucial issues surrounding the architecture of our time.

The first in a series of annual events, this debate is inspired by Barbican Art Gallery’s current exhibition Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture. It takes Le Corbusier’s influential yet controversial legacy as its point of departure. Razia Iqbal, Arts Correspondent, BBC News, chairs a discussion that centres around the fundamental question ‘Can good design change the world?’ Le Corbusier thought it could. Do we agree with him – and what do architects believe now?

Our panel of major international figures explore the vital questions of ethics in architecture today. They are the celebrated landscape-architect, Corb scholar and commentator, Charles Jencks; founding partner of the leading architectural practice MVRDV, Winy Maas; the visionary co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, Cameron Sinclair; Sean Griffiths of FAT and Patrik Schumacher – Partner, Zaha Hadid Architects.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Massimiliano Fuksas and Zaha Hadid, can no longer take part. Patrik Schumacher will take Zaha Hadid's place. 

The discussion is inspired by Le Corbusier’s famous manifesto for modernism, his ‘Five Points of a New Architecture’. Our panel will address five key areas in relation to their own practice: Politics and the Ethics of Globalisation; Affordable Housing and Humanitarian Projects; Clients; Urban Planning; and Environment and Sustainability.

How are today’s leading architects navigating the ethical dilemmas of building during a time of increasing economic inequality, and diminishing resources? When is it acceptable for architects to build for repressive regimes? Do architects have a responsibility to take on humanitarian projects? Has the economic downturn produced a shift in ethical issues for architects? Do architects have a moral obligation to design for changing environmental conditions?

Join us for an evening of dynamic and stimulating debate!

This event is part of:
Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture

Image credit: Portrait of Le Corbusier, 1960-65 ©FLC, Paris and DACS, London 2009


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