On the 15 May, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s think-tank gathers for the Futures Fair at the RIBA headquarters in London to discuss the most pressing issues facing architects today, from how to best equip for unseen global events to who will actually be living in the cities in the future. Design Build Network will be covering the event.

Now in its second year, the Futures Fair is a day-long event of topical seminars and discussions, encouraging those involved in research, design and development to take ‘futures’ on, both as a strand of thinking, and also as part of how to do business.

Presentations at the Futures Fair will be given by speakers representing the UK’s leading architectural practices, property companies, construction specialists, planners and academics.

Highlights include a discussion with Reinier de Graaf, partner at the pioneering Office of Metropolitan Architecture, and Mary Reilly, chair of the London Development Agency.

To accompany the event this year, a special evening lecture hosted by Building Futures in conjunction with the RIBA Trust will feature a discussion with architect Spencer de Grey (Foster + Partners) in conversation with leading sociologist and author Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York and the London School of Economics) exploring the implications of global architecture.

“Now is an important time to debate what lies ahead,” says Tamsie Thomson, head of Building Futures.

“The outlook for the profession is changing by the day, as news reports and markets anticipate a world credit crunch and looming recession. Futures Fair 08 is a timely gathering looking at what is on the horizon for architects, designers and a wide range of policy makers, service providers and futures thinkers.”