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Architecture in the Age of Austerity

The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) in partnership with the Traditional Architecture Group (TAG) and the Notre Dame School of Architecture will jointly hold an international conference on the theme of:

Architecture in the Age of Austerity

There is a virtual unanimity of view that, after a golden age of globalisation or, what economists called, ‘the great moderation’, we are in an age of austerity. This creates significant shifts in the way we live, work, shop, travel and spend our leisure time.  The golden age of globalisation was characterised by star architects, extravagant designs and economic and environmental profligacy.  International competition between cities and states created uniformity in new urban design.  In a new atmosphere of restricted spending, an increase in the understanding of embodied energy and a search for security in the identity of place, traditional design should have a major role to play.

These points are to be discussed at the INTBAU international conference “Architecture in the Age of Austerity”. The morning session will be a high-level overview from prominent figures in economics, politics, and social change. The keynote speaker is The Rt Hon Lord Lamont of Lerwick, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer and a Cabinet Minister under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In the afternoon, practitioners will present case studies for more technical architectural discussion.  To follow INTBAU’s international profile, speakers will be from around the world.

The full conference programme follows below.

Date:          30 April 2012, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Venue:       The University of Notre Dame’s London Centre
                      1 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG

Attendance Fees:      INTBAU Members and Friends £49
                                           Students with valid ID £29
                                           Standard Registration £79*

The attendance fee includes tea and coffee, lunch, and closing reception drinks.

* To receive the discounted Members and Friends rate, click here to join INTBAU online. Subscribe before 30 April to receive a complimentary set of INTBAU note cards.

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9.30 – 10.00     Registrations (tea & coffee will be served)
10.00 – 10.05   Welcome Professor Greg Kucich, University of Notre Dame in London
10.05 – 10.15    Welcome & Introduction Professor Robert Adam, INTBAU Chair

Morning Session

Moderator:     Alireza Sagharchi, Traditional Architecture Group Chairman

10.20 – 11.00    Lord Norman Lamont, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
11.00 – 11.20    Questions
11.20 – 11.45    Professor Scott Lash, Goldsmiths Centre for Cultural Studies
11.45 – 12.00    Questions
12.05 – 1.00       Roundtable
                                Panel: Lord Norman Lamont, Professor Scott Lash, Paul Morrell OBE

1.00 – 2.00     Lunch
                            A buffet lunch will be provided at the venue.

Afternoon Session

Moderator:     Dr Matthew Hardy, Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (founding INTBAU Secretary)

2.00 – 2.20    Professor Robert Adam, INTBAU Chairman  
2.25 – 2.45    Farrokh Derakhshani, Aga Khan Award for Architecture
2.50 – 3.05    Semion Mikhaylovsky, St Petersburg Academy of Arts (to be confirmed)

3.05 – 3.25    Tea Break
                           Tea and coffee will be provided at the venue.     

3.25 – 3.45    Deependra Prashad, INTBAU India
3.50 – 4.15    Steve Mouzon, Mouzon Design & author of The Original Green
4.20 – 5.00    Conclusions
                           Panel: Professor Robert Adam, Farrokh Derakhshani, Deependra Prashad, Steve Mouzon

5.30 – 6.30    Closing reception (drinks will be served)


The Rt Hon Lord Lamont of Lerwick

Norman Lamont is a working peer and director of a number of financial companies. He was a
Cabinet Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and a member of the House of
Commons for twenty-five years.

He was Chancellor of the Exchequer at a particularly difficult time that included Britain’s exit
from the ERM. The problems he faced were similar to those facing Britain today.

He introduced tough measures to reduce Government borrowing and the deficit which led Sir
Alan Walters, Economic Advisor to Lady Thatcher, in a letter to The Times, to describe
Norman Lamont "to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since the
War". Many economists have attributed the economic stability and growth enjoyed by Britain
in the ‘90s and thereafter to the tough policies introduced by Norman Lamont.

When he was Chancellor, Norman Lamont’s political advisor was David Cameron and his
Parliamentary Private Secretary, William Hague, our current foreign secretary.
In 2008, the current Prime Minister, David Cameron asked Norman Lamont with other former
Chancellors to be part of a team to advise on Britain’s financial problems.

Professor Scott Lash

Professor Scott Lash is Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University in
London. Professor Lash's recent books include Critique of Information (2002), Global Culture
Industry (2007) and Intensive Culture (2010). His books have been translated into 15 languages.
Lash has directed a series of large-scale research projects on technological media from 1996 to
present. He is currently running a project on the Chinese city, in regard to which he has
learned Mandarin. This research will be published under the title Local State Capitalism: Urban
China. He is also a Project Leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme.