British Council GREAT Lecture Series

Monday 25 January 2016 -
18:45 to 19:45
Sustain and Retain - A Lecture by Professor Jason Pomeroy at The Arts House

Sustain and Retain

The academic John Tomlinson stated that ‘globalisation is really the globalisation of modernity, and modernity is the harbinger of identity’ (Tomlinson 2003). Cultural identity, and particularly that of a people and the environment in which they inhabit, is increasingly becoming challenged through globalisation. Whilst technology has helped bring people together and promoted the cross fertilisation of cultures, ideas and ideals, it has also contributed to a transcendence of global consumer culture that arguably destroys the sense of identity of a people (Tomlinson 2003). Traditional spaces and buildings, which were once imprinted with the cultural practices, beliefs and the traditions of a local people, are also being removed through continued urbanisation, which furthermore compromises cultural identity and the heritage of a place. 

Prof Pomeroy's lecture, titled 'Sustain and Retain’, considers a cultural sustainability that seeks to preserve traditional social and spatial practices in order to safeguard against the imposition of a modern built environment that lacks cultural relevance. He suggests that cultural identity may in fact be strengthened in its ability to form a localised counterpoint to globalization. He also argues that it is time to reconsider the triple bottom of social, economic and environmental parameters and to embrace  spatial, cultural and technological considerations as equally important prompts for sustainable design thinking and to ensure the equitable balance between the old and new.

Prof. Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning architect, academic, author and TV personality at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda. He graduated with Bachelor and Post-Graduate degrees from the Canterbury School of Architecture; received his Masters degree from Cambridge University, and his PhD from the University of Westminster.  He is the Founding Principal of Singapore - based sustainable urbanism, architecture, design and research firm Pomeroy Studio, and the author of ‘The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the Urban Habitat’ (2014) and ‘Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today’ (2011). He is also a special professor at the University of Nottingham and the Universita IUAV di Venezia.  Jason continues to promote the role and importance of architecture in society through his two television series on Singapore’s Channel NewsAsia, City Re:Design and ‘City Time Traveller’.

Date: Monday 25 January 2016
Time: 6.45 p.m. - 9.00 p.m (1hr Lecture followed by reception).
           (Registration starts at 6.15 p.m.)
Venue: Chamber Room
             The Arts House
             1 Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Admission is free but pre-registration required.
Light reception will be provided immediately after the one hour lecture.


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