Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
OU geographer Doreen Massey, architect and author of Hungry City, Carolyn Steel, and campaigner and writer Andrew Simms sketch out ways of navigating the complex challenges presented by global economic and ecological crises. Chaired by Quentin Cooper, and joined by poet Lemn Sissay, the panel were part of an event to launch ATLAS: Architecture, geography and change in an interdependent world, edited by Renata Tyszczuk, Joe Smith, Nigel Clark, Melissa Butcher (Black Dog, February 2012).
The production of the ATLAS was supported by the Frederick Soddy Trust which offers support for study which includes human geography: the social, economic and cultural life of specific regions within the United Kingdom, Ireland or elsewhere in the world.
ATLAS presents new work by the Open University OpenSpace Research Centre and its collaborators, including the University of Sheffield Department of Architecture. The panel discussion was followed by public 'doctors' surgeries', conversations in the company of a specialist to help diagnose the challenges we face. The event marked the fourth of the OU Open Space annual Doreen Massey Lectures and was co-organised by the Southbank Literary programme.
Key moments from the ATLAS event at the Southbank Centre on 13 March 2012 can be heard in the audio file below, including introductions from Doreen Massey, Andrew Simms and Carolyn Steel, and a poem performed by Lemm Sissay (all pictured below with host Quentin Cooper).
Anita Sethi provides an overview of what she described as "an insightful and captivating evening of discussion and poetry" where "new maps had been sketched out in the imagination about how to make the world a fairer and more equal place for all". Read her full review