The Architecture Planning Engineering and Construction (APEC) Forum was set up in 2013 and aims to support both the Department of Land Economy and the Faculty of Architecture (the latter particularly needing help with outside teaching by practising architects). Its inaugural event was an elegant and stimulating presentation in the Council Chamber of the City Hall by Spencer de Grey, Foster and Partners’ joint Head of Design who is also a visiting Professor at The University of Cambridge.
APEC Forum has remained one of the most active Forums with the following events in the past year:
‘Winners and Losers! Does property development serve society or itself? How do we get the balance right?’
This was a half-day conference organised jointly by The National Planning Forum and the Cambridge University Land Society. It looked at delivering planning reform and more housing, and whether we should we end the tyranny of controlling uses. The event was chaired by Paul Finch, and encouraged a vigorous debate.
The second in our series on the future of the workplace moved away from the desk:
“The city itself is an office” and needs to provide opportunities for clusters of firms to swarm and group in creative patterns way beyond the control of the property market, let alone our town planning system. Rapid technological changes are combining with fast-moving shifts in the expectations of skilled workers regarding their place of work; and an office development project commencing today may only be occupied for 5 to 10 years or so, by a company which may not even exist yet.
How will these changes affect the way we design, develop, finance and let offices? A panel of thought leaders from across the industry engaged in a lively and stimulating debate, which took
place in Macquarie Bank, one of London’s best examples of office buildings in recent years. The moderator was Lee Mallett.