Why is construction so backward? - Interbuild 26 April 2004
We are pleased that the book was launched at Interbuild 2004. Attendances at the UK's premier construction trade event increased each day, and at the start of the fifth and final day, the overall visitor total was approaching 40,000.
We wanted an event to promote the book at Interbuild, from the 25 to 29 April 2004, because (apart from it being the construction industry's main event) that was where James Woudhuysen agreed to become a director of audacity.org. James was the keynote speaker at Facing the Future, the RIBA conference at Interbuild 2002, and his speech is reproduced here:
The seminar to promote Why is construction so backward? was on Monday 26 April 2004, between 3.00pm and 5.00 pm, at the Conference Suite, Interbuild 2004, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, and was free of charge through the RIBA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Providers Network.
The 400 members of the RIBA CPD Providers Network offer architects and other construction professionals seminars, conferences, books, design guides, CD-ROMs, videos and plant visits. This is the only source of continuing professional development assessed by the RIBA.
James Woudhuysen, Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, and principal author of Why is construction so backward? will consider the future for construction. He will suggest how the development sector might progress beyond present day risk aversion, as reflected in the managerial, naturalistic and therapeutic perspectives of the construction industry.
Ian Abley, a practicing architect and co-author of Why is construction so backward? commented:
"The seminar presents a wonderful occasion for people interested in architecture, engineering, IT and the wider construction industry - from the DIY enthusiast to the professional - to consider the question that nags all of us on a daily basis: Why is construction so backward?"
"We wanted to launch the book at Interbuild, to be amongst the manufacturers and suppliers who keep the construction industry innovative, but who face the obstacles to development beyond their control that James Woudhuysen so forcefully identifies in Why is construction so backward?."
For further details on the seminar please contact Ian Abley by telephone on 07947 621 790, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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