A Tale of Two Cities
A joint venture between the AIA UK and AIA Continental Europe
London, April 2014 & Paris, October 2014
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London is a vibrant, ever-changing world city. Samuel Johnson once famously said “If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life.” Despite the recession, the last 15 years have seen tremendous growth and changes in London’s infrastructure. This conference will focus on 3 particular areas of regeneration: King’s Cross, London Bridge, and the Olympics, with one day focused on each area.
Friday will focus on King’s Cross. The centrepiece is the 27 hectare redevelopment in the area immediately north of the Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations. We will have presentations on the masterplan, and we will tour a number of the buildings including Kings Cross station (McAslan), St Pancras station (Foster and British Rail), University of the Arts (Stanton Williams), Google Headquarters (AHMM) and many more.
Saturday we will be in London Bridge. This area has undergone significant redevelopment with More London (masterplan by Foster), Borough Market, and more recently with the tallest building in Europe, the Shard (Renzo Piano).
Saturday evening will be the gala dinner in the stunning setting of the great court in the British Museum! You do not want to miss this event!
Finally, on Sunday we will visit the Olympics in east London. We will have an overview of the Olympics development, and the extensive legacy plans. In addition to a tour of the overall development, we will visit the Velodrome (Hopkins) and the Aquatics Centre (Hadid), and the Copper Box Arena (Populous).
An optional, extension day is planned for Monday exploring north London and offering a chance for visitors to see the residential villages of Highgate and Hampstead and their less well know attractions.
The second part of our 'Tale of Two Cities' joint conference will take place in Paris later in the year. Watch this space!
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To download a detailed programme, click here.
|AIA UK & Europe||London | A Tale of Two Cities|
|Venue/meeting points||Start time||Event||AIA LUs|
|Thursday 10 April 2014|
|Booking Office Restaurant and Bar at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (near St Pancras station)||17:00||Registration opens|
|As above||18:00||Welcome: Cocktail reception|
|20:00||Dinner on your own|
|Friday 11 April 2014||King's Cross Development|
|Kings Place: lower level lobby||8:30||Registration continues (with coffee, tea, juice, water and continental breakfast by Green & Fortune)|
|Kings Place: St Pancras Room||9:00||Welcome address: 2014 AIA Europe President Richard Anderson AIA; AIA UK President Justin Cratty AIA; conference overview and introductions by conference organizers Lester Korzilius AIA and Robert Rhodes AIA|
|9:15||Presentation: Introduction to King's Cross development; overview of site history and masterplan with Nick Searl, Partner of Argent; and Bob Allies, Director of Allies & Morrison||2|
|10:45||Walk to Central St Martins|
|Central St Martins Lobby: "The Crossing"||11:00||Walking Tour: Led by Paul Williams of Stanton Williams — Central St. Martins, Western Transit Shed, West Handyside Canopy, Granary Square and the Kings Cross Visitor's Centre||1|
|12:00||Walk to Kings Place|
|Kings Place: St Pancras Room||12:15||Catered lunch, including a short presentation of Empower Shack with Christine Dietrich of AIA Europe Sponsor Swisspearl|
|Kings Place: Hall One||13:00||Presentation and building tour: Kings Place — performing arts, conference, and events hub & offices for the Guardian with Sir Jeremy Dixon from Dixon Jones; Peter Millican, owner of Kings Place, and project architects from Dixon Jones.||1|
|The Filling Station||14:00||Building Tour: The Filling Station — renovation of former petrol station into a public events space, bar and restaurant.||*|
|14:30||Walk to Kings Place|
|Kings Place: St Pancras Room||14:45||Presentations: St. Pancras International Station & High Speed 1; Kings Cross Station and Kings Cross Square; and the restoration of the Midland Grand Hotel (tea, coffee, and biscuits by Green & Fortune) with ARUP; Kathrine Watts from John McAslan + Partners; Harry Handelsman from The Manhattan Loft Company.||3.5|
|16:15||Walk to St Pancras|
|St. Pancras International Station: forecourt||16:30||Walking tour: (1) St. Pancras International Station, the German Gymnasuim, Francis Crick Institute, the British Library; (2) Kings Cross Station, Kings Cross Square, Regent Quarter; and (3) the Midland Grand Hotel (now the St. Pancras Renaissance) with ARUP; Robert Torday from John McAslan & Partners; Royden Stock, Historian from The Manhattan Loft Company||*|
|SeaFish Restaurant: 205 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ||19:00||Fish and Chips dinner hosted by AIA Europe and AIA UK sponsor Laufen.|
|Saturday 12 April 2014||London Bridge — Regeneration and Renewal|
|The Exchange Conference Center||8:00||Registration continues (with coffee, tea, water, croissants)|
|8:30||Welcome address: 2014 AIA UK President Justin Cratty AIA; AIA Europe President Richard Anderson; Etain Fitzpatrick AIA, conference organizer for Saturday.|
|8:45||Presentation: Southwark Planning with Fred Manson, Director of Heatherwick Studios (former Planning Director, London Borough of Southwark)||1|
|9:45||Tour: More London Development by Foster and Parnters with Partner Grant Brooker of Foster and Partners.||1|
|11:15||Presentation: Development of London Bridge Quarter, London Bridge Tower (The Shard), and London Bridge Place with Project Architect of The Shard, William Matthews, Director of William Matthews Associates (former Associate at RPBW).||1|
|12:15||Lunch at the Exchange catered by the Rooftop Café. Presentation by London Bridge Day sponsor WSP. Director Adrian Tooth speaks about the unique challenges of building London Bridge Place||1|
|13:15||Presentation: Development of London Bridge Station with Andrew Byrne, Associate Director at Grimshaw Architects.||1|
|14:15||Discussion: the new AIA International Region by Christine Bruckner FAIA, IR President|
|Meet in the piazza in front of the Shard/London Bridge Station||14:30||Tours (in two groups): Group 1 goes to the View at the Shard. Group 2 on a walking tour with Benedict O'Looney looking at Southwark, Borough Market, and surrounding area.||1.5|
|16:00||Tours (in two groups): Group 1 goes on a walking tour with Benedict O'Looney looking at Southwark, Borough Market, and surrounding area. Group 2 goes to the View at the Shard.||1.5|
|17:30||Time on your own|
|British Museum||19:00||Gala dinner: in the foyer adjacent the Great Court to the British Museum. Sponsored in part by AIA UK sponsor Grohe. Brief talk by Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA, 2014 AIA President|
|Sunday 13 April 2014||Olympics|
|LLDC Offices||8:00||Arrive, coffee and croissants|
|8:30||AIA Europe chapter meeting|
|10:00||Introduction to Stratford and the legacy transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park||1.25|
|10:45||Presentation: AIA Europe sponsor Sipral|
|11:00||Aquatics Centre presentation — Olympic Games use and legacy transformation.||*|
|11:30||Walk to Aquatics Centre|
|Aquatics Centre||11:45||Building tour: Aquatics Centre (Zaha Hadid Architects with S&P Architects).||1|
|12:45||Board coach to travel to Velodrome|
|Lee Valley VeloPark||13:00||Lunch: with presentation on the design of the Velodrome by Jonathan Watts of Hopkins Architects.||*|
|13:45||Building tour: Velodrome designed by Hopkins Architects; widely acknowledged as the most significant building in the Olympic complex.||1.5|
|14:45||Board coach to travel to Copper Box|
|The Copper Box Arena||15:00||Building tour: Copper Box Arena||1|
|16:00||Board coach to the Orbit, or leave the Park. For those not visiting the Orbit, the coach will continue on to Stratford Station which is the main transport hub in the area.|
|Option: ArcelorMittal Orbit||16:15||Self-guided visit the Orbit for views of the Olympic Stadium and the QE Olympic Park.|
|16:15||End of conference|
|AIA CES learning units (full conference)||20.25|
|AIA CES learning units (weekend only)||12.75|
|Items marked with an asterisk denote sessions combined for learning unit credit||*|
|Monday 14 April 2014||Optional extension|
|Those wishing to attend the optional extension must book separately on Eventbrite. Registrations are for the full day. Half-day attendance is permitted; partial refunds will be made on Monday by request.|
|Archway Underground Station (Northern Line)||9:00||Walk (15 min.) from Archway Underground Station to The Hall, 10a South Grove, London N6. Local shops will be open for self refreshments.|
|The Hall, 10a South Grove, London N6||9:15||Walking tour of Highgate Village: Overview of North London (“northern heights, garden suburbs, planning difficulties, rapacious developers, etc.”) with the Highgate Society (guided or self-guided tbd). A Society booklet with maps and references will be available.||1.5|
|Highgate Cemetery||11:30||Tour of Highgate Cemetery West Side: guided tour to concentrating on Victorian era architecture. Visit to East Side (tomb of Karl Marx, etc.) if time is available. The cost of the tour is £14/person.||1|
|12:45||Taxi ride or walk to Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath|
|Kenwood House||13:00||Lunch: Kenwood House, a stately home with a Robert Adams library, a Rembrandt self portrait, and view of London across the Heath, has recently been renovated. Guided tours of the Gallery are available at £7/person; self guided tours are free. Lunch will be in a private room or, weather permitting, outdoors. Meals are circa £10/person, to be paid out-of-pocket.|
|14:45||Self taxi ride, bus or longish walk to Hampstead Station|
|Hampstead Underground Station (Northern Line)||15:00||Guided “modernist” walking tour of Hampstead Village. An additional option will be offered to Belsize Park to see the Isokon flats, a 1930s experiment in communal living. Local shops will be open for self refreshments.
|The Monday extension involves considerable walking.Participants should be prepare to pay an out-of-pocket fee for a mini bus or taxis. Those joining the grouop late can do so at Highgate Cemetery or Kenwood House.
|For further information on the optional excursion, please contact Lorraine King.|
|AIA CES learning units (Monday extension)||4|
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Registration is now closed and the conference is sold out..
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The programme will be based locally on each of the three days. Friday will be based in Kings Cross, Saturday in London Bridge, and Sunday at the Olympic site (east London). Full maps and information will be given to registrants. Full registrants will also receive a London travel card allowing full access to tubes, buses, river ferries, etc.
To see a Google map with all venue points, click here.
To download detailed venue maps, including the starting points from each day, click here.
For further hotel information click here
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The UK Chapter is receiving special event sponsorship from Grohe, Laufen, WSP, and Shen Milsom & Wilke. Please click on the logos for further information.
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General Questions and Information
For further questions please contact Lester Korzilius
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