Saturday 23 June 2007
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
7.30-9.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Book Tickets for this Debate

While the 2012 Olympics will hold the whole city up to world scrutiny it also presents an opportunity to raise aspirations for the capital. Now is the time to find out what sort of London Londoners really want. What changes would they most like to see - whether completed or in the pipeline - by 2012? A panel of architects, artists, writers and thinkers, will each offer up what one thing they would do to make London better and more beautiful.

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.
Paul Finch is editor of the Architectural Review, and has been a commissioner and deputy chair of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment since 1999. He leaves CABE next month, but will continue to chair CABE's joint design review panel (with Design for London) for the London Olympics. His career in journalism has included editorships of Building Design and the Architects' Journal, and he is joint editor of Planning in London. A former trustee of The Architecture Foundation and the Architectural Association, he has pursued an interest in London (where he was born) through writing, occasional broadcasting and lecturing.
Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture. Best known for her seminal built works (Vitra Fire Station, Land Formation-One, Bergisel Ski-Jump, Strasbourg Tram Station, the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, the Hotel Puerta America (interior) in Madrid, the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. A winner of numerous awards, including the 2004 Pritzker Prize and the 2006 Riba Jencks Award.
The New Statesman’s 2006 Person of the Year. Camila Batmanghelidjh is the founder and director of Kids Company, which delivers both practical and therapeutic interventions to 11,000 exceptionally vulnerable inner city children. In her early twenties Camila set up The Place To Be, currently a national programme offering therapy in schools. Author of Shattered Lives: Children Who Live With Courage and Dignity, she is also a pyschotherapist with over sixteen years experience in child psychology.
Like a system of crop rotation, Fritz Haeg works between his architecture and design practice Fritz Haeg Studio, the happenings and gatherings of Sundown Salon, the ecology initiatives of Gardenlab and his work as a college educator. Current projects include the Edible Estates gardening movement, the nearly completed Bernardi Residence and the geodesic dome based (and sometimes transient) Sundown Schoolhouse. He is based in Los Angeles, California. Fritz Haeg is a participating artist in the Tate's Global Cities exhibition. (more details at
Helen Marriage, with co-director Nicky Webb, founded Artichoke in 2002. Producers of spectacular live events, Artichoke stunned London with the visit of Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant in May 2006. Other joint projects include the invention of the first Arts & Events programme at Canary Wharf and the transformation of the Salisbury Festival from a local event into what the Times called ‘a miracle of modern British culture’. Helen’s working life started as a producer at Artsadmin, working with artists as diverse as Mike Figgis and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble. She also worked as an associate producer at the London International Festival of Theatre.
Tom Coward is a co-founder of AOC, an architectural design and research agency committed to developing the relationships between people and places. Their work is broad in scale and interest, from art installations to buildings to masterplans, with equal worth given to both the development of the design process and the formal finished object. AOC recently completed the participation tool the Building Futures Game for CABE/RIBA and are currently working on two social housing projects in Elephant & Castle and The Lift, a 150 seat demountable theatre and meeting space for the London International Festival of Theatre, set to arrive in East London and the South Bank summer 2008.
Celine Condorelli is an architect based in London. Her work is concerned with architecture as support and interface. Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, she has worked with institutions working with local government such as in Space Syntax, UCL 2002, or organisations dealing with promoting architecture to the general public such as London Open House and Architectural Dialogue 2001/2002, and extensively in art and architecture collaborations such as 'theatre pieces' (Tate Triennial, 2006) and 'Alterity Display' (Lawrence O’Hana Gallery, London, 2004). Recent works include developing Support Structure, an RSA Art for Architecture and Arts Council England project with Artist-Curator Gavin Wade, and taxi_onomy, with artist Beatrice Gibson.
Shaun Bailey is co-founder of My Generation, a charity set up to address the social problems that affect young people and their families, Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hammersmith & Fulham, and chair of The Pepper Pot, a 60 plus day care centre.
Founder of the Big Issue magazine in 1991, alongside Gordon Roddick of The Body Shop. John is dedicated to giving the underclass of all nations the room, time and hope to rise from social inequality and injustice, and to pioneering the practice of business with a social conscience.
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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Debate London is organised by The Architecture Foundation Charity Registration no.1006361
The Architecture Foundation is funded by Arts Council England