Having wrapped up their three part series And the Winner is...?, The Architecture Foundation has launched another trio of evening discussions, this time around the ever-encroaching commercial values which are increasingly threatening cultural venues in London. The series, entitled Culture + Commerce, will explore how culture can fight against commercial homogeneity in the face of reduced public funding.
Read on to find out more about the Culture + Commerce series
Inspired by the ill-fated plan of the Southbank centre to evict the long-established skateboarders in favour of commercial units, the series will investigate issues such as how free-market systems might be adapted in favour of culture, how loopholes in established planning law could be exploited to protect cultural venues (such as a bold campaign by the Southbank Skateboarders to get the undercroft protected as a village green), and whether self-build projects and co-housing initiatives could be the solution to circumnavigate the strangled housing market.
The events scheduled are:
- Money Talks, a discussion around the question "can the logic of markets be re-routed to help create an economic platform for alternative businesses?" - Monday 9th September, 7pm
- Appropriate Measures, "an exploration of the creative legal loopholes that might be employed to stall the city's mall-ification." - Wednesday 11th September, 7pm.
- If I Had a Hammer, an investigation into the current trend towards participatory housing schemes which may provide cash-strapped house hunters with an alternative to the traditional housing market. Date and Time TBC
TitleCulture + Commerce: Designs For a Different City
FromSeptember 19, 2013 12:00 AM
UntilSeptember 22, 2013 12:00 AM
VenueThe Architecture Foundation
Address136-148 Tooley Street, London Borough of Southwark, London SE1 2TU, UK