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The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment will organise for the first time in the United Kingdom a lecture where HABITAT contributors will have an opportunity to share their ideas in the context of the Paris Agreement. Experts from the architecture field, including Professor Harry Charrington and Dr Nasser Golzari from the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, will be delivering speeches.

The event will also discuss the launch of the book ‘Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet’ edited by architect Sandra Piesik and published by Thames & Hudson.

The book is a once-in-a-generation large format publication. It gathers together an international team of more than one hundred leading experts across a diverse range of disciplines to examine what the traditions of vernacular architecture and its regional craftspeople around the world can teach us about creating a more sustainable future.

This session will be the second from the HABITAT Events series taking place in New York, London, Brussels, Milan, COP23 Bonn, Paris, Abu Dhabi and Novosibirsk, aimed to explore global socio-economic and cultural potentials of technology development and transfer.


Professor Harry Charrington, Head of Department of Architecture, University of Westminster Moderator

Dr Nasser Golzari, Architect, University of Westminster

Professor Marjan Colletti, Professor of Architecture and Post Digital Practice, The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Louise Cooke, Building Conservation, The University of York

Lucas Dietrich, Editorial Director of Thames & Hudson

Henry Fletcher, Associate Director at BuroHappold Cities Consulting in London

Dr John Hemming, Explorer

Alexander Maitland, Architect and Sir Wilfred Thesiger Official Biographer

Dr Sandra Piesik, General Editor of HABITAT, and Director, Architect of 3 ideas Ltd Convenor

Dr Beniamino Polimeni, Architect, De Montfort University Leicester

Professor André Singer, President of The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI)

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