Architectural Agency in the Public Sector


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Richard Rogers and Shumi Bose in conversation

Part of the lecture series between between UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and the British Library on Rethinking Public Value and Public Purpose in 21st Century Capitalism this lecture asks how architectural intelligence can be better deployed in the public sector and if we can rebuild connections between architectural and urban practice and the state.

The romance of public service, once thriving in the UK, has been absorbed into market dynamics. Important civic and social assets are now extensions of the privatised realm, to which the public is granted conditional access.

In conversation with architectural historian and curator Shumi Bose, Richard Rogers will share his reflections on architectural agency in the public service today. Rogers has proven to be an anomaly when compared to the waning relationship between architectural practice and government policy. No stranger to Whitehall, he frequently and conspicuously comments on public policy, particularly regarding housing and homelessness. Rogers’ Urban Task Force of the late nineties published Towards an Urban Renaissance, which has guided urban regeneration in the UK ever since. 

Exploring the ways in which architecture can benefit society, this lecture will discuss the inherent links between architecture, politics, and public value.

This event has taken place, but you can watch a film of it below.

In association with the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Name: Architectural Agency in the Public Sector
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546