Event Date: 18 May 2011
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
A series of exchanges on and around the topic of Scarcity, bringing together the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day.
Scarcity Exchanges brings together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all, and will increasingly do so. If the 2000s was the decade of false abundance, then the 2010s will likely be defined through scarcity. This series of exchanges will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic, and environmental implications.
Alfredo Brillembourg and David Satterthwaite – Cities of Scarcity
Alfredo Brillembourg is founder of the highly influential Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), co-editor of the widely-cited book Informal City: Caracas Case, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich, and, together with Hubert Klumpner, recipient of the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award for innovation in architecture and urban design. David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and editor of Environment and Urbanization. He has been contributing to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on urban adaptation since 1998 and has written or edited various books on urban issues
Introduction by Professor Jeremy Till
Alfredo Brillembourg – Simply Built: a chance for our urban planet
David Satterthwaite – Simply Built: a chance for our urban planet
Scarcity Exchanges are part of a wider research project, Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment, led by Jeremy Till at the University of Westminster, with partners at the Oslo School of Architecture and TU Vienna. The project is funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). For details of the project and Scarcity Exchanges visit scibe.eu