FORA.tv Speaker - Tony McGuirk
Tony McGuirk is an architect and urban designer, and chairman of BDP. McGuirk 's work spans projects which look to interlink learning with living to create new communities.
From 1992 to 2004 he masterplanned the St Peter's Campus at the University of Sunderland on a disused shipyard on the River Wear. This new place of learning forms the centrepiece of a new city quarter and has been key to Sunderland's regeneration following the closure of the shipbuilding industry in 1990.
The design creates a new piece of the city with streets and urban spaces linking down to the city's riverside. All faculty buildings are open to the public and the University library, cafes and restaurants are also open for use by the local people. The project has won 2 RIBA Awards, 2 Civic Trust Awards and a Sunday Times/Royal Fine Arts Commission Building of the Year Award in 1995.
McGuirk led the design team that won the competition for the central area housing for a new sustainable living quarter in the city of Den Bosch in Eastern Holland. Realised between 2003-2006 and named 'Armada', the project won the prize for the people's favourite building, 'Publiekspri', in Holland in 2004. The design creates a new model for mid-rise city living with vertical wintergarden access, affording dual and triple aspect dwellings and multi level social spaces for neighbours and families. The housing utilises ground water, rejected heat from contiguous buildings and solar power as sources of energy for dwellings and communal spaces.
11.01.08 | 01:33:01 min
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