PAUL SHEPHEARD  | Symposium chair

Paul Shepheard is a writer living in London, England. He is qualified as an architect but since the publication of What is Architecture? by the MIT Press in 1994 has gradually shifted the emphasis of his activities to writing and lecturing. He has two other books with the MIT Press, The Cultivated Wilderness, about landscape, 1997, and Artificial Love about architecture and machines, 2003. How To Like Everything, a utopia, was published by Zero Books in July 2013. Currently working on a collection of essays on Structure. He has taught at the Architectural Association in London, the University of Texas at Austin, the Academie Van Bouwkunst in Amsterdam and Artesis, Antwerp.


Born 18 July 1955, Laval, is an award-winning French architect and academic. she set up her own office just after graduating from La Villette in 1978 while studying from sciences Politiques paris where she completed a post-graduate diploma in Urban Planning in 1979. International renown came quickly ; as early as 1990 she won her first major commission : the Banque Polulaire deI’Ouest in Rennes recognised by numerous prizes and publications. By questioning the commission, the use , the matter, the body, the technique and the taste Odile Decq’s architecture offers a paradoxical


John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain published by Old Street in 2013, described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘a new way of looking at modern Britain’. He has written for the Financial Times, theTwentieth Century Society Magazine and The Modernist, has co-written and edited a book about TV, Shouting at the Telly, and contributed to a book on music, Hang the DJ. He grew up in Croydon in the 1970s and has worked as a bookseller and publisher for twenty-five years. He runs the website dirtymodernscoundrel.com and can be contacted on Twitter @Grindrod. 




Dr Anastasia Karandinou is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and a practicing architect (ARB). She has taught in the University of Edinburgh and has been an invited speaker and reviewer in Symposiums and Workshop in the UK and abroad. Her recent research focuses on the notion of the ephemerality and time; the sonic, the sensuous, the virtual and hybrid aspects of space. Her projects have obtained awards in international competitions such as the UIA- Velux ‘Light of Tomorrow’, and her project ‘Athens by sound’ was selected to represent Greece in the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Her new book, ‘ No Matter : Theories and practices of the Ephemeral in Architecture, has been recently published by Ashgate.



Pippo Ciorra architect, critic and professor. He is adviser for the MVDR prize, contributor to reviews and national press and member of the editorial board of Casabella. Author of a number of books and publications, he curated and designed exhibitions in Italy and abroad. After curating the opening exhibition Spazio in May 2009 he is Senior Curator for MAXXI Architettura in Rome. Among his main shows, Re-cycle. Strategies for Architecture City and Planet,Energy. Oil and Post-oil Architecture, Erasmus Effect. Italian architects abroad and YAP MAXXI, an international program for young architects. Ciorra is currently working on a book collecting 15 years of research and design experimentations on the Italian coastal city.



The Fifth Annual MA Architecture + Urbanism Symposium: MANUFACTURING UTOPIA



Mission Statement Is the ideal urban environment within our reach or are cities losing their humanity? On 1 May 2014 the students of theMA Architecture + Urbanism at Manchester School of Architecture will host a one day symposium to debate these issues. A range of invited speakers will contribute their knowledge in a programme of presentations and round table discussions to throw light on our future cities. Among the aspects to be discussed are:technology 
 natureQuestions to be raised include:Has the communication revolution triggered an explosion of change globally? How sustainable are current urban lifestyles? Are the developments in cities improving the liveability of them as places? How can the engineered environment preserve personal identity? Can happiness be measured? What are the benefits of architecture and urban design?For further information please follow @utopiaMCR