Birmingham City University and MADE host unique series of lectures


Birmingham School of Architecture at Birmingham City University is hosting a series of lectures in association with Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment (MADE).

The series of 12 lectures, entitled The Art of Design: Materiality and Ideas will take place over the coming weeks at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at Gosta Green, and will be presented by internationally renowned speakers from universities and architectural practices such as Harvard University and RMIT Melbourne.

The lectures aim to move debate from using technology merely as tools, to using technology as a method of expressing ideas to create elegant designs.

The first lecture in the series took place on 2nd February, and was presented by Neil Porter of Gustafson Porter, the landscape architectural practice responsible for the Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park. In his lecture entitled Concept, Materiality and Form, Neil described the landscape as a fantastic design medium, undervalued but one that makes such a difference to peoples’ lives.

All lectures take place in the Emma Jessie Phibbs Lecture Theatre at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design Gosta Green. For the full list of lectures and booking information, please visit and

Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Birmingham School of Architecture, said: “This series of lectures offers a fantastic opportunity for people to consider an alternative way of thinking about their use of technology, in a way that will shape the quality of experience.”


Singapore supertrees, a concept developed by Squint Opera, will be the subject of the second lecture in The Art of Design: Materiality and Ideas series, on 9th February.

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