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IABSE Future of Design London 2015

IABSE Future of Design London 2015

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David Knight

  • David is a senior engineer at Flint & Neill Ltd, and part of the organising committee for the IABSE Future of Design London conference. He enjoys bridges, bikes, boats and singing, and his girlfriend gets embarrassed when he looks at how handrails are put together in public.
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What is there to say about the Future of Design conferences that hasn’t been said before? Tom has reviewed previous conferences with aplomb and we (as the organising committee for FoD London 2015) are aiming to match those heights again. So what do we have in store?

We have Paul Westbury, former CEO of Buro Happold, and now of Laing O’Rourke, talking about why he moved from a major consultancy to the major contractor, and what plans he has for the industry of the future. We have a panel debating whether public money should be spent on private projects. We have an artist and a contractor (Andy Scott and Tim Burton of SH Structures) talking in tandem about the challenges of realising a pair of 30m tall horse heads. We have (new this year!) the judging of a design competition for young designers for a new pedestrian bridge over Bow Creek in East London.

Why should you come? It’s the best opportunity all year to meet other young designers, and to be inspired by the best in the industry. There is a dinner. The tickets are pretty cheap, and it even counts as CPD. It will be held at Imperial College on the 10th September 2015, and tickets are available here.

What else is happening? We have a bit of a focus on materiality – Brian Eckersley (of Eckersley O’Callaghan, winners of the IStructE Supreme Award 2014) talking about structural uses of glass; John O’Mara from Herzog & de Meuron on highest quality concrete; and Frank Meibach talking about some adventurous timber footbridges. Our other panel discussion is looking at why engineers have become invisible – and is this a good thing? And of course we have the best young presenters who have submitted papers for inclusion in the conference.

It’s all set to be an invigorating day. Come, join in, and be inspired.

Go To The IABSE FoD London 2015

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