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Kevin McLoud to give RIBA lecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that television presenter Kevin McCloud will deliver a lecture on rebuilding communities at the organisation’s annual event.

McCloud, also an author and designer, will deliver the 2010 RIBA Trust Annual Lecture ‘Jam and Knitting in the Urban Fabric: Thoughts on re-building communities’ on Tuesday 18 May 2010 at the RIBA, Portland Place, London.

A non-architect delivers the annual lecture on a subject of direct relevance to the built environment. Previous speakers include Alain de Botton, Jonathan Dimbleby, and Sir Christopher Frayling, while in 2009 the lecture was given by The Prince of Wales to celebrate the institute’s 175th anniversary.

McCloud said: “The construction industry wants to get things built. The idea of stickily responding to the exigencies of place is a nightmare to them, but place is what underpins proper social and cultural sustainability.”

RIBA president Ruth Reed said: “It is really great that one of the country’s best communicators Kevin McCloud has agreed to give the RIBA Trust Annual Lecture. I am looking forward to him challenging the profession.”

For the title of his lecture Kevin has borrowed two of the Women’s Institute’s popular reference points to explain how residents, architects, planners and politicians can come together to create not a new Jerusalem but a new kind of community.

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