BD Live Programme
9.15: The BD interview
Speakers to be announced shortly
9.45am: Is there a future for the executive architect?
Architects often say they want to stick with projects from conception to completion, which means following it through the construction process. However, executive architects are becoming more and more recognised for the hard work they do. In the meantime, the draft New London Plan recommends that architects stay on a project and the Hackitt Review is looking for ways to better to apportion responsibility. What does this mean for the future of a key section of the profession.
10:30: Networking break
11.15: The BD Live Crit
Four previous BD Architect of the Year category winners and shortlisted practices have been invited to develop design proposals for a key part of the retail and commercial heart of British Land’s £4bn Canada Water regeneration project in south east London.
Masterplanned by Allies and Morrison, this is one of the most important and challenging parts of the scheme and will test each practice’s creativity to the full.
British Land will evaluate these ideas providing live feedback with a view to asking the architects to develop them further.
The leading architects selected to develop their ideas for the regeneration project are: SODA Studio, Reiach and Hall, Coffey Architects and Mikhail Riches.
Allies and Morrison
Head of Canada Water Development
Group Manager Design & Conservation
12:30: Networking lunch
1.30: Creating public realm fit for the people
As placemaking becomes a by-word for new developments, what is happening to public realm in our cities? Local government is suffering from a lack of funding for the spaces that help build communities. Can architects find sensible solutions through collaboration and intelligent design? Do we need private/public partnerships to fill the gap?
2.30: CNC: Digitally designing and making in wood
Digital design tools are increasingly used to control cutting machines that produce everything from simple pavilions to cross laminated timber multi-storey apartment blocks. Kyle Buchanan from Archio talks about realising designs using CNC technology.
2.45: Designing for offsite
Creating major parts of projects offsite and assembling them on site is no longer a dream of the future, it’s happening now. Large volume housebuilders are starting to catch on and are looking at developing new supply chains to make homes faster and more efficiently. The effects of this revolution are being felt at every scale, with smaller bespoke projects only made possible through technological innovation
3:30: Coffee break
3.45: 3D printing: A quick fix?
An architect that researches the potential of 3D printing explains how the technology is evolving from model making tool to manufacturing full scale buildings in steel and concrete including for construction on Mars and the Moon
Foster + Partners
4pm: Breaking into the big time – how to escape the domestic treadmill
A huge proportion of small practices across the UK cut their teeth on residential work, often involving extending or refurbishing existing properties. This panel will share stories and advice for how to take that all important next step to grow projects, switch typologies and build the practice.