‘Revisiting Utopia’ talk by Irena Bauman

This talk explored ideas of urban development and sustainability within the post-regenerate city. It was delivered as part of ‘Revisiting Utopia: Modernist Architecture in the Post Regenerate City’ – a one-day symposium run by In Certain Places, which used Preston Bus Station as a case study to explore the status of modernist architecture in the contemporary urban environment.

Irena Bauman is a practicing architect and a cofounder of Bauman Lyons in 1992, Leeds, UK. With her practice she has undertaken a wide range of bespoke projects from small installations to large masterplans. She has worked collaboratively with many artists and writers and aims to combine research with practice in all her work. Her recent projects include a new promenade in Bridlington, mixed use low carbon development in Tower Works, Holbeck as well as a small shelter for walkers in Fridaythorpe. She is currently researching how adoption to Climate Change will impact on building and city design as well as on our behavior. Her book, ‘How to be a Happy Architect’ was published in 2008.

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