Integrity and Identity – Vive la Difference?

The collaboration of architect and engineer has been a fruitful one in recent years, but has it been at the expense of "identity" and creative urbanism? It is a debate as old as modernism and beyond: whilst engineering brings the "virtues" of rigour, clarity and economy, does it also have the tendency to create a bland and functional architecture and city environment?  Meanwhile the "most virtuous" of the engineer professions – the environmental engineer – is still barely considered in the debate. Infrastructure rules our daily lives, so should the creative engineer be at the forefront of city planning? Or is the reality, as the cartoonist Louis Hellman once commented, that the art of the engineer is to "buttress by computation the architect's reputation." These premises will be presented and discussed by a panel of architects, engineers and writers who embrace a diversity of approaches, including
Marc Mimram. Architect, Engineer, Philosophe - Studio Marc Mimram, Paris
Steve Webb; Engineer – Webb Yates Engineers
Maria Smith; Architect, Writer, Student of Engineering – Interrobang!
Elly Ward; Designer, Researcher, Teacher - Ordinary Architecture
Nick Cramp; Environmental Engineer – Max Fordham


June 27, 2018

18.30 - 20.00

Admission: FREE

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Image: Hassan II Bridge, Morocco. L'Agence Mimram


Congress Centre

28 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LN

020 7467 1318