The role of local communities in shaping their own destiny will be one of the themes explored in a prestigious public lecture at the University of Leicester.
Shaping the 21st Century is the title of the Peach Memorial Lecture, a biennial event sponsored jointly by the University and the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects.
Mr Richard Feilden, OBE, a senior partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, will deliver the free public lecture on November 9 at 8pm at the University of Leicester.
He said: “I wish to explore some of the influences on development and construction in the 20th century as a background to where we may be heading in the next century.
“These influences were diverse and included growing capability in engineering terms, a progressive move from traditional craft skills to industrialised processes in construction, and growing affluence coupled with cheap energy against a background of the Garden City ideal.
“I will look ahead into the 21st century and the influences that are likely to shape our world. These will include sustainability – a particular interest in my practice- progressive industrialisation of the construction process and a desire for more involvement of local communities in shaping their own destiny.”
Mr Feilden’s award-winning practice in Bath was established with Peter Clegg in 1978 and has grown to 65 staff with a diverse workload including work for education, housing and cultural projects. Its work will be used to illustrate the lecture.
Mr Feilden is Convenor of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum, and was a special adviser to the Urban Task Force. He was made a Commissioner to the Commission of Architecture and the Built Environment in 2000.
Harry Peach, a Leicester businessman who died in 1936, was a generous supporter of the University College, which became the University of Leicester. He also supported the Literary and Philosophical Society, the Museum and Art Gallery, the College of Art and the Little Theatre. He was one of the founders of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England and also of the Design in Industry Association.
The Peach Memorial Lecture was instituted when the Trustees of the Peach Memorial Fund applied the income ‘towards the education of the public in the preservation and conservation of Rural England’ or towards ‘the desirability of associating design with industry’ or for the education of the public in ‘artistic or aesthetic outlook and progress.’
The Peach Memorial Lecture will be given on Thursday November 9, at 8pm, in Lecture Theatre 1, the Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester. It is open to the public and free.
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