|The New York chapter of the Royal Institute of British Architects USA (RIBA-USA) will sponsor a lecture by RIBA Past President Frank Duffy, titled: "Opportunities and Divisions." February 22, 2005.
Francis Duffy is the 'D' of the international architectural and consultancy practice DEGW, now living in London having been based in DEGW's New York office from 2001 to 2004. His burning and burgeoning interest is in reinventing conventional ideas of office design to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities opening up in the emerging knowledge economy.
This is a future seeking as well as a retrospective talk. Duffy will draw on his experience as a consultant, writer, teacher and architectural politician to explore the fascinating potential of the architecture of distributed work.
These optimistic speculations will be tempered by darker reflections on the great divides that he has experienced throughout his career and which may still prevent us from harnessing the power of design to accelerate change. These divides include the fracture between user aspirations and the architectural imagination, the division between design and delivery, and most poignant of all, the widening split between European and North American sensibilities. In the end optimism wins through with a new agenda in which designers and architects can use the expressive capacity of design to take responsibility for the management of change.
Date: 22nd February 2005
Location: The Center for Architecture, La Guardia Place, New York
Lecture: Opportunities and Divisions
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