Peter Barber Architects
Forty years of thinking about cities have taught Peter Barber that there are tonnes of ways to be an architect, numerous hats that an architect can and should wear – abstract and analytical, political, sensual, social, artistic, pragmatic even. Barber thinks architects need to be sociologists, citizens, geographers, activists, and urbanists – Master-Planner-structuralists and Situationists.
In this lecture, Barber will outline a series of ideas and thoughts which aim to tease out an ideological and political context for an architect's work. These quotes, images, and observations capture the atmosphere and ethos of what architects do and they provide a moral compass for the design process. He will describe how these ideas find expression in a number of built projects, and finish the lecture by talking about his sketchbooks and a series of theoretical or speculative projects and ideas, including 8,000 Mile Island….. a vision for an array of maritime farms and offshore green energy plants tracing the coastal outline of the United Kingdom's islands, from the Orkneys to the Isle of Wight and back… A vision for a food and energy self-sufficient UK.
Date: Wednesday, February 15
Location: City Building Design Lab | 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2