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Conference to address Persian Gulf architectural crisis

5 October 2009

Human Habitation, a two-day event organised jointly by the University of Westminster, the International Art and Architecture Research Association and UN Habitat, will be held on 5-6 October 2009 to coincide with World Habitat Day 2009.

The conference and associated exhibition will aim to open up the debate - critically and speculatively - on the dramatic nature of recent architectural activity in the Persian Gulf.

It is a key part of the celebrations for World Habitat Day, as organised by UN Habitat, and is the first-ever event in the UK linked to this annual day of international celebration.

Professor Murray Fraser from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster is a joint-organiser of the conference, which is to be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London: The conference will look at architecture and urban settlements along both sides of the Persian Gulf in relation to questions of sustainability, globalisation and cultural identity.

A major exhibition of recent photographs will be held in the fourth floor studios of the University of Westminsters School of Architecture and the Built Environment, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS from 6-14 October 2009.

Conference fee: 65.00 per day or 120.00 for both days. Students are offered a special price of 5.00 per day. Refreshments will be provided.

For further information please contact Sabba Khan at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster on +44(0)20 7911 5067 or [email protected]  

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