Mike Davies of Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners and Kester Rattenbury
Wednesday 07 December 2011, ESALA, Edinburgh

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Forty years ago the Pompidou Centre competition was a source of optimism. Despite the economic uncertainty, a young practice, a radical design solution and the vital public debate around the project evoked a positive attitude to new technology and innovative design ideas. Over the past four decades the Pompidou has been widely discussed. It is said to mark a shift in attitudes to urban design, to the idea of the art museum and the concept of flexible space. This discussion will focus on the question of technology and public attitudes to technology and how they have changed since 1971. Mike Davies and Kester Rattenbury will discuss the significance of the building. Mike, a director of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, worked for six years on the Pompidou Centre and then Lloyd’s, INMOS and London’s Heathrow. Kester Rattenbury co-produced Supercrit 3 on the Pompidou Centre in April 2005—the proceedings of which are to be published by Routledge.

Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Mike Davies has worked with Richard Rogers and the practice for over 37 years and has been involved with virtually all the projects it has undertaken. He worked on the Pompidou Centre, Paris in the 1970s and was project architect for the adjacent Institute for Research & Co-ordination in Acoustics & Music. In the UK he worked on Lloyd’s, and the Terminal 1 expansion at London’s Heathrow Airport. Mike’s expertise includes urban design, technology, research and development.

Kester Rattenbury is an architectural journalist, critic and writer. After training as an architect she became an architectural journalist, working first at Building Design, then freelance, writing regularly for the Architects Journal where she is now a consulting editor. She is Reader in Architecture at the University of Westminster and was principal investigator on the Archigram Archival Project. She co-produced Supercrit 3 on the Pompidou Centre in April 2005.