Thursday 4 October 2007
Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High Street, London W8
Tickets £50 (£42 Asia House members / concessions)
Panel discussion and audience Q&A 6.45pm
Dinner & Gaming 8.30pm
Today it is arguably cities not countries which compete: for trade, human resources and even a spirit of the times. Singapore is a youthful and ambitious city-state with the political will and insight to become a world city that responds to 21st century agendas. Will investments in arts buildings inject an allegedly lacking vitality? Could Singapore use architecture to convey the values of ‘Brand Singapore’? If so, what are these values? Debate these issues with a distinguished panel and enjoy a Singaporean buffet and gaming fun afterwards.
Goh Chok Tong was Singapore’s second Prime Minister, 1990-2004, is Senior Minister in the current Prime Minister’s Cabinet and Chairman, Monetary Authority of Singapore. Jack Pringle is President (2005-2007) of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and will moderate the session. He is Partner at Pringle Brandon, an architects practice which specialises in hotel and office projects. On the panel are Graham Cartledge, Chairman of Benoy, designers of Orchard Turn, an award-winning mixed-use development in a prime retail site in Singapore and Mark Wilford CBE, Senior Partner, Michael Wilford Architects and Managing Director, Wilford Schupp Architekten Gmbh. Mark Wilford was Partner, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates, 1971-92 and was made a Commander of British Empire in 2001. His internationally renowned work includes award-winning arts buildings. Special guest panellist will be Liu Thai Ker, architect and Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Ltd, Singapore. From 1969-2005 he was responsible for Singapore’s successful public housing programme, a Concept Plan for the city’s future urban development and its arts agenda.