The Civic Trust Lectures 2008: Education & the Civic Realm


Speaker: Spencer de Grey, Head of Design, Foster + Partners

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you find it..."

Marion Wright Edelman, lawyer and activist

For the last 50 years, the Civic Trust has been making better places for people; places in which we can live, work, relax and learn. From the Civic Trust Awards to NightVision, the Civic Trust’s work has developed, recognised and rewarded the best spaces and places. But our programmes have done so much more than this – they have educated and enthused the people who design, build, manage and use our public spaces. These are the people with a passion for their environment, who will shape our future for the next 50 years.

Spencer de Grey will be speaking about the design of educational buildings in the context of their wider communities, their civic context and the importance of public space. His examples will range from Foster Associates’ first exploration of schools in their Newport School competition entry to more recent examples, both here and in France, including Imperial College and their nine City Academies. The talk will conclude with an exploration of the civic living room, emanating from both educational and cultural buildings, and discuss the importance of civic space.

The event is free of charge and followed by a drinks reception. Booking essential.

To book online click here or call Jane Wardle on 0151 231 6910.