Monday 25 June 2007
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
7.30-9.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Book Tickets for this Debate

London is becoming more dynamic, more frenetic and more dramatic. But does this activity and wealth up the quality of life for Londoners? Will it create better transport, more beautiful squares and parks, streets and buildings? Can London's boom be made to create a more pleasurable city to inhabit? Or should we just revel in its chaos? 'Can London be both big and beautiful?' explores the merits and flaws of a rapidly growing city.

Named one of the "100 most influential people in the public sector" by the Guardian newspaper, Ben Page is Chairman of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, and Managing Director of Public Affairs. His expert knowledge of the facts and statistics surrounding the issues to be discussed will set the context for the debate.
Journalist, Cultural Commentator, former student of the Architectural Association and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant. (NB. On the day of the debate, Janet was trapped by flooding in the North of England and was replaced by Paul Finch)
Richard Rogers is one of the foremost living architects. Winner of the 2007 Pritzker Prize; recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985 and the 2000 Praemium Imperiale Prize for Architecture. Richard Rogers was knighted in 1991 and made a life peer in 1996. In 1995 he was the first architect ever invited to give the BBC Reith Lectures – a series entitled ‘Cities for a Small Planet’ and in 1998 was appointed to chair the Government’s Urban Task Force. Most recently he was appointed as Chief Adviser to the Mayor of London on Architecture and Urbanism. He also serves as Adviser to the Mayor of Barcelona’s Urban Strategies Council. Richard Rogers is best known for such pioneering buildings as the Centre Pompidou, the HQ for Lloyd’s of London, and the Millennium Dome in London. His Madrid Barajas Airport opened recently to widespread acclaim and was awarded the 2006 Stirling Prize. London currently awaits the completion of Richard Rogers monumental Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, due to open in 2008. From 1991-2001 Richard Rogers was Chairman of the Architecture Foundation.
Michael Snyder chairs the City of London's Policy and Resources Committee which sets the strategic priorities, agrees the resources and decides on the policies of the authority for the City business district. He is also Senior Partner of the top 20 accountancy firm Kingston Smith.
Shumon Basar is a London based writer, curator, editor and lecturer, with affiliations to the magazines sexymachinery and Tank; the group Newbetter; the Architectural Association, Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths. He is co-editor of the books Did Someone Say Participate With/Without; and the forthcoming Cities from Zero and The Worlds of Madelon Vriesendorp.
Rem Koolhaas is an architect and thinker of international renown, winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize and the 2004 RIBA Gold Medal amongst many others. A Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Rem founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. Having worked as a journalist and script writer before becoming an architect, Koolhaas graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York, a Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA and established connections between contemporary society and architecture. At this moment Rem Koolhaas is heading the work of OMA as well as AMO - the conceptual branch of OMA, a think tank focused on social, economic, and technological issues. (NB. Due to illness, Rem was unable to attend the debate on the day)
Tristram Hunt is a British historian, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He also lectures at Queen Mary, University of London. An expert in Urban History, and the Victorian Age in particular, he is a regular writer for The Guardian and New Statesman, and often appears on Radio 4 and television.
Sarah joined CABE in October 2006 as director of CABE Space – the specialist unit within CABE that aims to bring excellence to the design, management and maintenance of parks and public space in our towns and cities. Previously Sarah co-founded Scarlet Projects (with Clare Catterall) in 2000; a creative consultancy that curates architecture, design and public space exhibitions and events. She has a BA in art history from University College London and a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art. Sarah is the author of Concrete Design and New Public Spaces for Mitchell Beazley. Sarah is a founding committee member for the London Architecture Biennale and a member of the City Architecture Forum. She also contributes to Front Row and BBC2’s The Culture Show.
Sean Griffiths is a founding partner of the architectural practice, Fat (Fashion Architecture Taste). Fat is renowned for its provocative approach to architecture, which is engaged with issues of taste, meaning and place, and encompasses references to architectural taboos such as popular culture, historical styles and the question of authenticity. He is also the Louis I Kahn visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture.
Born in Brighton in 1946, Piers Gough CBE RIBA RA studied at the Architectural Association in London between 1965 and 1971. His practice Campbell, Zogolovitch Wilkinson & Gough (now known as CZWG) was set up in 1975. Projects include the Green Bridge at Mile End Park from 2001 (A RIBA Award winner), Bankside Lofts, The Glass Building in Camden Town, public toilets in Westbourne Grove and new galleries at the National Portrait Gallery. His masterplan for the Gorbals in Glasgow has won universal acclaim as an exemplar of inner city regeneration. A former president of the AA, he is currently a Commissioner of English Heritage, Design Champion for Kent and a Trustee of Trinity Buoy Wharf. He is a regular contributor to the architectural press, newspapers, magazines, radio and television including the 'Shock of the Old' series on Channel 4, and in 1998 was appointed a CBE for services to architecture.
The architectural correspondant for the Financial Times.
Richard Burdett is Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics (LSE) and founding director of the LSE Cities Programme, a research and teaching centre which explores links between architecture, urban design and urban society. His latest appointment is as Principal Design Adviser for the London 2012 Olympics. Previously he was architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 - 2006, member of the Greater London Authority's Architecture + Urbanism Unit and sat on the City of Barcelona's Quality Committee. At the LSE he directs the ‘Urban Age’, a series of international conferences on global cities funded by Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society. Burdett was founder of the 9H Gallery and the Architecture Foundation in London, and has been a key player in promoting design excellence amongst public and private sector organisations in the UK and Europe. He was Director of the 2006 Architecture Biennale in Venice on the subject of ‘Cities: architecture and society’ and is chairman of the Jury for the 2007 Mies van der Rohe Prize.
NB: No signer or hearing aid will be provided unless requested in advance. All seating will be on cushions, unless otherwise requested via Tate ticketing line.

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The Architecture Foundation is funded by Arts Council England