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Squint/Opera hosted our inaugural ‘fireside chat’ in a new series of events. The evening of discussion (and drinks) examined the ways in which the architectural profession and the built environment at large are being disrupted. 

The event at Old Sessions House, London

Architecture Disrupted: visions for the future of the built environment, featured a panel of industry experts and thought leaders. The panel discussed our approach to education, the way we share knowledge, and how we train future generations of planners and architects in relation to the climate emergency and AI.

Jan Bunge, Indy Johar, Lara Kinneir, Ben Dimson

Speakers included:

Jan Bunge is a partner at Squint/Opera; overseeing the creative and digital excellence for many international projects, and building long-term relationships with leading industry partners.

Indy Johar is co-founder of and architecture and urban practice Architecture00, specialising in architecture, social venture creation, urban renewal, and the application of complex systems science to solve societal challenges.

Ben Dimson is a partner at consultants McKinsey. He is an advanced analytics and innovation expert, serving companies on the opportunities created by digital disruption.

Lara Kinneir is a professor at the London Interdisciplinary School and coordinates a network on Urban Governance at the UN Habitats Universities Network Initiative.

Speakers suggested the following reading list:

No School Manifesto by Ilse Ouwens
Rethinking Design by Renny Ramakers
140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth by Hans Ulrich Obrist
The Co-op Principle – Hans Mayer and the Concept of Collective Design
Power of Play by Paul Pethick
The Manual of Design Fiction by Julien Bleecher
The Flowering Wand, by Sophie Strand
Radical Markets by Eric A Posner & E. Glen Weyl
Novacene by James Lovelock
Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton
Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
The Coming Wave by Mustafa Suleyman
After Geoengineering by Holly Jean Buck
Flourish by Sarah Ichioka and Michael Pawlyn
Operating Manual by R. Buckminster Fuller
Look by Christian Madsbjerg
Nomad Century by Gaia Vince
Citizens by Jon Alexander
Computer Power and Human Reason by Joseph Weizenbaum
Everyday Adventures with Unruly Data by Melanie Feinberg

If you’d like to attend or speak at our next fireside chat, send us a message here.  

Stay tuned for more Squint events coming soon… 

Written by

Edward Dexter

Content Manager

Edward is Squint's content manager, who supports the Marketing and Business Development teams at Squint/Opera. He is responsible for managing Squint’s external communications, creating content that reflects our values and the general promotion of the company. He enjoys championing the dynamic and insightful projects Squint produce and the learning opportunities that come from promoting a ground-breaking design studio. …