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RIBA International Conference 2008, in association with Emap Ltd.


25 - 26 October 2008, Barcelona, Hesperia Tower Hotel & Convention Centre
Some of the world's leading architects will be participating in the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) annual conference in Barcelona this year. Focusing on the theme of 'Architecture and Identity' the two-day event will take place on 25-26 October 2008 at Richard Rogers's Hesperia Tower Hotel, its 107 metre high tower making it one of Barcelona's tallest and most striking modern buildings.

The Conference will take place directly after Emap's World Architecture Festival, also being held in Barcelona, celebrating the work of the world's finest architects and incorporating an awards programme in which architects will present their work to live juries and audiences, all competing for the top prize of World Building of the Year

The RIBA International Conference will examine the ways in which architecture can, at best, add character to the non-descript and, at worst, suppress the local vernacular in favour of a global style. It will propose that increasing environmental concerns might mean a return to the vernacular, while questioning whether globalised architecture can be sustainable.

The conference will also look at the issue of architecture as branding and the ways in which cities such as Barcelona and Bilbao have benefited from landmark buildings, not only in terms of profile but also identity. It will also examine heritage issues in this context, asking what the impact of globalisation will be on our historic buildings and cities. Speakers throughout the two days will address the emergence of European and International identities, examining the ways in which international architects can stimulate the organic growth and regeneration of cities across the world.

Speakers include: Robert Adam (Robert Adam Architects), Alison Brooks (Alison Brooks Architects), David Chipperfield (David Chipperfield Architects), Alejandro Zaera Polo (Foreign Office Architects), Herman Hertzberger ( Architectuurstudio HH) , Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton Architects), David Mackay (MBM Arquitectes), Jürgen Mayer (Jürgen Mayer H. Architects), Professor Joseph Rykwert and Ken Yeang (Llewelyn Davies Yeang Architects).

A programme of special architectural tours to significant buildings around Barcelona has also been arranged for delegates, as well as an exclusive evening reception on Saturday 25 October, sponsored by Corus, at Mies van der Rohe's modernist Barcelona Pavilion.

Conference tickets cost £449+VAT. A small number of subsidised places are available to architects under 30 and students from the UK and overseas at £99+VAT. This bursary scheme is being funded by Foster + Partners. For more details visit www.ribaconference.co.uk|. Other sponsors of the conference include Corus.


To register your interest in attending, or for further information please visit www.ribaconference.co.uk| or call 0845 056 8069


25 July 2008

Press office contact:

Helen Rix
T: +44 (0)207 307 3884
E: helen.rix@inst.riba.org

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