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Why is construction so backward? - Norwich launch 17 February 2004

We are pleased that the book is launched at the Norwich School of Art and Design, which was established as early as 1845. The School has a reputation for excellence, and attracts students regionally, nationally and internationally.

Why is construction so backward? James Woudhuysen, Ian Abley, Stefan Muthesius and Miles Glendinning

We wanted a launch event in Norwich because Dr Stefan Muthesius is at the School of World Art Studies & Museology, University of East Anglia.

The venue, the Norwich School of Art and Design, is an independent higher education institution within the University sector, and has full control over the construction and funding of its courses. There has been a School of Art and Design in Norwich since 1845. In the 2003 Quality Assurance Agency's national subject review of art and design, NSAD achieved the highest award of 'broad confidence'. Located on a single site in the heart of Norwich, the School is housed in a number of buildings, some with historical interest.

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We are grateful to the NSAD for their support.

The public launch of Why is construction so backward? on Tuesday 17 February 2004, between 6.00pm and 9.00 pm, at the Conference Rooms, Norwich School of Art and Design, St Georges Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1BB (see map below) is free of charge.

Please register in advance by emailing Ian Abley with your name and address, as this helps us cater for attendance.

Refreshments are provided, and we are pleased to announce that the speakers at the launch are:

Click here for more about Sue Tuckett and NSAD Sue Tuckett

Sue Tuckett, Principal of NSAD, will say a few words of welcome. Sue will summarise how the school has made itself a centre of excellence, providing opportunities for innovation in teaching and learning, and how through research NSAD is developing the understanding of art, design and visual culture.

Click here for more about Stefan Muthesius Stefan Muthesius

Stefan Muthesius is an architectural and design historian who trained in the 1960s in Germany and in London under Nikolaus Pevsner. In 1994 he co-authored, with Miles Glendinning, Tower Block published by Yale University Press. This investigated all aspects of the innovative post-war production of high-rise council blocks across the UK. Stefan will talk with Miles on the lessons from that experience for would be housing designers and innovators today.

Click here for more about Miles Glendinning Miles Glendinning

Miles Glendinning is a historian and writer based at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. He has played a prominent role in the affairs of DOCOMOMO, the international working group for the documentation and conservation of Modern Movement buildings and sites. In 1994 he co-authored, with Stefan Muthesius, Tower Block published by Yale University Press.

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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 book launch 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 in the earliest of art and design schools in Britain - The Norwich School of Art and Design. We are doubly pleased at audacity.org that the guest speakers were keen to discuss the book and their insights on the question that James Woudhuysen so forcefully answers in Why is construction so backward?."

For further details on the launch please contact Ian Abley by telephone on 07947 621 790, or by emailing abley@audacity.org.

For further details on the venue please contact Christina Wicks, Business Development Manager, Norwich School of Art and Design, by telephone on 01603 610 561, or by emailing c.wicks@nsad.ac.uk

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