May 11, 2015

The Gill Lecture with James Cheng – May 28

THE GILL LECTURE

The annual Warren Gill lecture takes place on May 28 and features Architect James Cheng.

Dr. Warren Gill was passionately engaged in the cities and neighbourhoods in which he lived and worked. As a member of SFU’s senior administration, he was instrumental in the development of its downtown campus. The intent of this lecture series in his honour is to continue his questioning, raise new ideas and invoke new ways of thinking about life in the urban context.

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Beyond Architecture as a Commodity: Adding Value through Urban Design

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As half the world’s population urbanizes by 2050, new cities spring up instantly, often indistinguishable from each other. Buildings are designed as mere commodities, containers for habitation, or icons for vanity. As technology allows almost any form of buildings to dizzying heights, starchitects are sought to create iconic statements or tourist attractions — stand-alone objects without regard for their context or relationships to each other. Vancouver is no exception to these global pressures.

Architect James Cheng looks back in order to look forward — and adds his perspective to this urgent dialogue.

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Thursday, May 28

7 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, 149 West Hastings

Free, but seating is limited, so we require reservations. Reserve here.

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