Richard Rogers, one of the world's leading architects and urban thinkers, discusses his life and work with architect Amanda Levete, BBC television presenter Alan Yentob, and director of LSE Cities, Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at LSE, to celebrate the launch of his upcoming memoir and manifesto for a better society, A Place for All People.
Richard Rogers, founder of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, is a pre-eminent architect of his generation, whose approach to buildings is infused with his enthusiasm for modernism, love of life and strong sense of social justice. Richard and his partners, including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, have been responsible for some of the most radical designs of the 20th Century, from the Pompidou Centre in Paris, to the Millennium Dome and the Lloyds Building in the City of London, to 3 World Trade Center, as well as airports, cancer care centres and low-cost homes.
Amanda Levete (@amanda_levete) is a RIBA Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning design and architecture studio. Since its formation in 2009, AL_A has designed cultural, retail and commercial schemes around the world including the recently opened expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the remodelling of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris. Levete trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised ground-breaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Selfridges department store in Birmingham.
Alan Yentob is a British television executive and presenter. He has spent his entire career at the BBC and has held many of its most prestigious positions. He joined the BBC as a general trainee in 1968. After working on arts programmes such as Omnibus (1967) and Arena (1975), he was made Head of Music and Arts at the BBC (1985-1988), Controller of BBC Two (1988 - 1993), Controller of BBC One (1993 - 1997), BBC Director of Programmes in Production (1997 - 1998), BBC Director of Television (1998 - 2000), Director of Drama, Entertainment and CBBC (2000 - 2004) and Creative Director of the BBC.
Ricky Burdett (@BURDETTR) is Professor of Urban Studies at the LSE and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He was curator of the Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition at the 2016 International Architecture Biennale in Venice and contributed to the United Nations Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanisation in Quito. He was a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission from 2012 to 2015 and is involved in regeneration projects across Europe and the USA.
LSE Cities (@LSECities) is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. Its mission is to study how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focussing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment.
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