Sunday 24 June 2007
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
7.30-9.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Book Tickets for this Debate

Thanks to their high level of public transport, Londoners create fewest emissions and are the greenest people in Britain. But like any big city, London eats up energy and pumps out pollution. 'How can a boomtown be green?' asks how we can reduce rather than increase environmental damage. Could London be a model for sustainable big cities around the world? Or will attempts to make it more sustainable stifle its growth and force people out?

Named one of the "100 most influential people in the public sector" by the Guardian newspaper, Ben Page is Chairman of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, and Managing Director of Public Affairs. His expert knowledge of the facts and statistics surrounding the issues to be discussed will set the context for the debate.
For the last year Justin Rowlatt has been trying to live up to the portentous title of the BBC's "Ethical Man.". His editor at BBC Newsnight challenged him and his family to try and spend a year trying to reduce their carbon footprint and to film the process for the programme. Before joining Newsnight Justin reported for Panorama and was North of England Correspondent for Channel 4 News.
The bass-player from Blur. Alex is also a member of Fat Les (with Keith Allen and Damien Hirst), and Wigwam (with Betty Boo). A columnist with The Independent, his Great Escape articles chart the life of a countryside dweller who has fled his urban existence. His autobiography, Bit of a Blur, has just been published. He currently lives on a farm in the Cotswolds and makes cheese.
A physics graduate, James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Co-author of, Why is Construction so Backward? (Wiley, 2004) and, Homes 2016 (Blueprint Broadside, 2005). He is a† Columnist for IT Week, as well as a member of the Board of the Housing Forum. In 1968 he helped install Britainís first computer-controlled car park; in 1988 conducted a multi-client study on e-commerce; and as early as 1993, recommended Internet TV to a major US telco. A consultant on social trends and the future to major corporations and governments worldwide.
Green Party Principal Speaker and London Mayoral Candidate. Champion for "a fairer, greener, healthier London. A city run on a human scale." A frequent contributor to The New Statesman and a founder of the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s, Sian has also been engaged for several years in fighting for a green development in King's Cross Railwaylands.
Alejandro Gutierrez is an Associate Director at Arup Urban Design currently working in China, Italy and the UK on major city expansion projects. He was also the design leader for Dongtan, an 84-km2, world first Eco City in the Shanghai Region. He is an invited lecturer to UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, London School of Economics, Universidad Catolica in Chile, and RIBA. Prior to joining Arup he was director for Cities Consultancy Unit at Catholic University in Santiago, Chile and also director for the Cities and Environment area at the Architecture School of the same university. In Santiago he was Advisor to Minister of Housing and Urbanism on specific urban projects.
Sunand Prasad (MA, AA Dip, PhD, RIBA, FRSA) is co-founder and partner of Penoyre & Prasad LLP, an architectural practice known for its environmentally conscious, award winning designs. He is currently President Elect of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Vice President for Policy & Strategy and chairs their Climate Change Taskforce. As a founding commissioner of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) he launched their enabling programme and chaired their skills programme. He played a key part in the development of the Construction Industry Councilís (CIC) Design Quality Indicator. Sunand has written extensively on architectural history and theory, urban form, cultural diversity, and the work of Le Corbusier.
Andrew Neather is Comment Editor, chief leader writer and environmental columnist at the Evening Standard. Prior to joining the Standard he was speechwriter to Tony Blair and Home Secretaries David Blunkett and Jack Straw, as well as Friends of the Earth's magazine editor. He lives in South London.
Peter has recently been appointed as Director of Design for London, a new organisation that will co-ordinate the Mayorís architectural and urban design strategies. Previously he was Director of Culture and Environmental Services in the London Borough of Camden, where he successfully concluded the Councilís negotiations on the Kings Cross railway lands Ė one of the biggest development sites in London. During his career he has worked in a range of planning, research and regeneration roles for the London Boroughs of Westminster, Newham, Islington and Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Hammersmith & Fulham. He has commissioned and promoted urban design frameworks for central London and negotiated major schemes including St Giles, White City, Imperial Wharf, and Spitalfields Market.
NB: No signer or hearing aid will be provided unless requested in advance. All seating will be on cushions, unless otherwise requested via Tate ticketing line.

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Debate London is organised by The Architecture Foundation Charity Registration no.1006361
The Architecture Foundation is funded by Arts Council England