Swiss Cottage Library (1964) by Sir Basil Spence.
Grade II listed library, designed by Sir Basil Spence as part of a intended complex of buildings for the Swiss Cottage Civic Centre. The library and swimming baths were the only completed buildings from the plan.
Image by George Rex.
Soon, over 70 percent of the worlds growing population will live in cities. Changes in climatic conditions, in manufacturing and agricultural production, the increasing strain on finite resources and the ever more complex supply chains necessary to supply our populations compel architects to reconsider the near future face of the urban environment, as diverse pressures make the increasing density of many cities an inevitability.
Projects on show cover a wide range of locations and programmes but share some common concerns: they all posit forms of symbiotic relation between systems, seeing architecture as an art of connection.
From a novel response to urban change in Tokyo to the establishment of autonomous manufacturing facilities and network nodes in the southern Sahara, all of the proposals arise out of individual responses to immanent issues: not empty form making, but rather considered design research positions.
Where: Mowlem Street Studios, Bethnal Green London
When: Thursday 2nd of May 2013 at 6pm