Experts debate if tall buildings are ruining the London skyline
25 February 2015
The panel featured industry-leading
speakers offering their unique perspectives on the proposed 230 tall buildings
over the next decade, and if this represents progress or a giant-sized mistake
built environment alumni, students, staff and professionals packed the Events
Theatre in the Keyworth Centre to hear from former City of
London Chief Planning Officer Peter Rees CBE, World Architecture Festival
Programme Director Paul Finch OBE, and Mary Jane Rooney, Director of Architecture at LSBU.
evening began with the view from Architecture students Monika Jociute
(PGDip Architecture) and Aaron McDonald (BA Architecture) who offered contrasting
perspectives as future practitioners on London's high-rise vision.
The Chair of
the debate, Dr Matthew Barac - Senior Lecturer, Architecture History and Theory
at LSBU - handed the floor to each of the esteemed panel as LSBU alumnus Peter
Rees argued in favour of tall buildings in acceptable locations such as the
Square Mile. Mary Jane Rooney warned against the
culture of repeating the same mistakes of the capital's
last towers boom during the 1960s, while Paul Finch added fuel to the debate by defending the role of high-rise in consolidating London's
position as a global and economic powerhouse.
Reaction from guests:
insightful evening, which pushed me to look at this topic from different angles." Daniela Nofal, LSBU alumna, class of 2014
am looking forward to attending more events on built environment issues." Carlton Austrie, LSBU alumnus, class of
evening with a very high-calibre of experts." Mike Goodier, LSBU alumnus, class of 2014
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