The City as a Thinking Machine : The ExhibitionProgramme of Events : Satellite Events : The Catalogue

... activism in the built environment - programme of events

Accompanying the exhibition is program of evening events titled ‘Activism in the Built Environment’, beginning at 6:00pm with a guest lecture in the D’Arcy Thomson Lecture Theatre, followed by a round table conversation with the exhibitors in the Lamb Gallery.

Theme 1: Activism in the built environment: Architecture

28 October (Wed)  6-8pm

Mark Hackett, 'Belfast trajectories - restitching the city'

Mark Hackett is a Belfast-based architect specialising in building, research and urban design. As a director in City Reparo and a founding director in Forum for Alternative Belfast, both multi-disciplinary research and advocacy groups, he has authored architectural research projects on the divided city of Belfast. With Hackett Hall McKnight, he is the architect of the award winning MAC Arts Centre. He won the UK and Ireland ‘Young Architect of the Year Award’ in 2008.  

Theme 2: Activism in the built environment: Media

18 November (Wed)  6-8pm

Mike Small, 'Geddes and the 5th Estate: publishing, citizenship and cultural insurgency'

Mike Small is the editor of Bella Caledonia, a columnist for the Guardian, and a lecturer in Food Citizenship as part of the UNESCO Chair of Sustainable Development and Territory Management at the University of Torino. He founded the Fife Diet local eating experiment which aims to re-localise food production and distribution in response to globalisation and climate change. He worked with the anarchist ecologist Murray Bookchin. He has published widely on Geddes.

Paul Guzzardo, 'A Septic Turn in the Space of Appearance: a brief for the city with elites in decline'

Paul is a Fellow at the Geddes Institute for Urban Research. He is a media activist, designer, and lawyer based in St. Louis and Buenos Aires. He maps the devolving state of the American public sphere. He has published papers in Urban Design Journal and AD: architectural design, and co-authored with Michael Sorkin and Mario Correa Displaced: Llonch+Vidalle Architecture. His installations and theatre pieces have been exhibited and performed the US and the UK. His lecture, 'A Septic Turn' and video installation focus on the role of digital media in collective consciousness.

Theme 3: Activism in the built environment: Planning

09 December (Wed)  6-8pm

Greg Lloyd: The demise of strategic planning (again and yet again)

Greg Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Planning at Ulster University. He has researched and published widely on all aspects of planning, with a particular focus on national, strategic and city-regional planning. Drawing on some forty years in adademia, Greg will take the long-view of strategic planning in Scotland, tracing the evolution of Geddes’ city-regional thinking and imagining its future incarnation in light of the Scottish Government’s 2015 review of land use planning. 

Gordon Reid: TAYplan: City-regionalism in practice

A graduate from Town and Regional Planning at the University of Dundee, Gordon Reid is Team Leader for Development Plans & Regeneration at Dundee City Council. A seasoned practitioner, Gordon has direct experience of the evolution of city-regional planning policy and practice in the Tay Valley region. Reflecting on his experiences, Gordon will discuss how strategic planning has evolved and what can be learned from wider community and stakeholder engagement in regional planning.

In addition, there will be a series of satellite events announced separately.