Annual Industry Lecture 2012
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
The Engineering Building at the University of Leicester – designed by Architects Stirling and Gowan – is considered one of the most important and iconic buildings of the 20th Century. Architects travel the world to see it and it has appeared on postage stamps and artworks of the time. It is protected from change by having been listed Grade II*. Yet, from the first day, its technical performance was poor and it has had technical problems associated with its use of new materials and techniques. Alan Berman, of Berman Guedes Stretton Architects, and Thomas Pearson of Arup who are leading the design team, will talk about why this building is so renowned, how it relates to the English tradition of glass buildings, and what is being planned to improve it...