The Cluster for Sustainable Cities will be hosting an open guest lecture event with two internationally recognised speakers on 8th March in the Eldon Building from 5pm.

These lectures are free and open to the public.

Venue: Eldon Building, room 1.11 (large lecture room)

Date: 8th March 2018

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm (the first lecture will commence sharp at 5pm, please arrive 10 mins before).


Towards a new Sociopolis (5:00pm)

Dominic Papa, architect and founder of S333, London

Our cities have become more heterogeneous. We all have a different understanding of, and aspirations for, the relationship between living, working, playing, learning, health and relaxation. We also know that there are emerging patterns of higher-density housing, new knowledge-economy businesses and networks, and increasing emphasis upon mobility. This potentially demonstrates a spirit of collective life, service, and collaboration. And yet our cities are seemingly ill-equipped to accommodate this.

If architecture can help define a coherent approach to the transformation of our cities, then new typologies need to support this: the urban designing of architecture!

S333, founded in Amsterdam in 1997 and based in London since 2008, is an architectural, masterplanning and urban design practice with a global reach and international reputation.

The Dutch culture of ‘enlightened pragmatism’ remains a driving force in our approach with projects in Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK, China, Singapore and New Zealand

Dominic Papa is a co-founding director. He is currently the review panel Chair for Islington Borough Council, a Building Environment Expert at Design Council CABE and design tutor at the Architectural Association post graduate program.

Towards a new Sociopolis Information


Plastic Ocean (5:45pm)

Emily Penn, sailor and environmentalist, London

Emily Penn is an architecture graduate from the University of Cambridge and an ocean advocate, skipper, inspiring public speaker and advisor on issues relating to our oceans, shifting mindsets and future society. After graduating, Emily’s career took a change of course when she rounded the globe on the record-breaking bio-fuelled boat, Earthrace. What she encountered on this trip changed everything. Emily has since been driving change, organising the world record community-led waste clean-up scheme in the South Pacific, and trawling for microplastics through the Arctic Northwest Passage.

Plastic Ocean Information