Richard Rogers RA

Richard Rogers gave the keynote address to a packed audience on the subject of ‘Citizens and the Compact City’.   It was an extraordinarily impressive account of his career, ending where it could have begun with the house he designed for his parents in Wimbledon which was motivated by so many of the ideas which he has subsequently explored, including transparency, single span roofs, and a strong sense of community use even in a family house.   Almost all of what he said seemed wholly relevant now:  the use of brown field sites, opening up high streets, protecting green spaces.   Of course, it’s all about use and planning and people as much as it is about architectural design, but that’s what has differentiated him as an urbanist (going back to Masaccio) from his peers.

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