Vision changes venue for 2018 event

Vision 2018 is taking place from 21st to 22nd June at Islington’s Business Design Centre. The event showcases the latest developments in materials, products and technology alongside a rolling programme of lectures, seminars and debates examining the key issues facing architecture and construction today.



ision 2018 has joined forces with Architecture Today to produce a high-profile conference programme where some of the biggest names in the industry discuss the challenges facing architecture and construction and suggest solutions and set out their thoughts as to how to adapt and thrive.

Leading names in urbanism will be discussing contemporary theory and practice. Ben Rogers, Director of think tank Centre for London, will be asking whether London can be both prosperous and fair. Sunand Prasad will present Penoyre & Prasad’s proposals for Himley Village, a highly sustainable scheme of 1700 new homes which will form part of the 6000-home NW Bicester eco-town. And Max Farrell will be talking about the principals of city-making.

The architects behind some of the most celebrated sustainable housing projects will be reflecting on their most famous projects and their legacy. Sarah Wigglesworth will discuss her seminal project Stock Orchard Street. Described by the Architects’ Journal as “the most influential house in a generation”, the building incorporates office space for Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and a private home with sustainable features including straw bales, sandbags and load-bearing gabions. Pioneering Eco-Architect Bill Dunster will reflect on the legacy of BedZED, the UK’s first large-scale mixed-use sustainable community, and the practice’s subsequent work including the ZEDlife plan, a toolkit to deliver a safer, more equitable society with reduced dependence on fossil fuel.

Experts will be looking at the impact of new technologies on contemporary life. Architect Harbinder Singh Birdi of Hawkins\Brown will ask how technology will transform the way we travel, Paul Foulkes from WAGO will be looking at the way building automation can contribute to health and wellbeing while smart building specialist Mapiq will present its data-driven behavioural approach to flexible, user-focused workplace design.

Other speakers include Maria Smith, head of transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice Interrobang, who will be discussing the practice’s conversion of the Hoover building, a Grade II* Listed Art Deco office building in Ealing, Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, who sparked controversy by calling for social housing to be scrapped and public space to be abolished and a roster of Stirling Prize-winning Architects including Paul Monaghan, Chris Wilkinson and Alex de Rijke.

Now in its fourth year, Vision 2018 has changed venue to be closer to the heart of the design community and is bigger and better than ever. A wide range of exhibitors will be showcasing and demonstrating new products, materials, systems and technologies designed for the built environment.

There will also be a rolling programme of practical CPD-certified learning sessions on technology, products and materials and changes in legislation. The exhibition continues into the evening on 21st June with Vision Late Night. Visitors can view the exhibition and join a range of evening events including a drinks and networking reception sponsored by Architecture Today and New London Architecture’s annual PechaKucha, a series of punchy fast-paced talks designed to inspire, entertain and provoke.

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