7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday 6 November 2018

Annual Architecture Lecture

The 2018 Guildford Society Annual Architecture Lecture is hosted and supported by the University of Surrey, sponsored by Martin Grant Homes and supported by The Guildford Magazine.


Rik Medlik Building
University of Surrey
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To register for a free ticket for the lecture, visit our box office in Ivy Arts, click on the link below or call 01483 686 876.

To book a place at the post-lecture supper in the University of Surrey’s Lakeside Restaurant for £25 per head, please email secretary@guildfordsociety.org.uk

Surrey has what most people long for in life - fine villages and towns surrounded by lovely countryside. Home of the oldest untouched woodland in Britain, there is an abundance of nature’s riches throughout, and much of it is protected. If you have the energy, you can cycle to London along the Wey Path without touching a road. On a clear day, from Leith Hill it is said that you can see 13 counties. No wonder English writer, novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley so enjoyed cycling around here – the perfect antidote to dystopia.

We can experience a strong desire to stop the clocks - almost as strong as the pressure for development to continue to accelerate. Yet we are conditioned to evolve - all places and all peoples. Growth of settlement and change in the Surrey countryside has gone on for hundreds of years, much of it creating successful and attractive places. So why do we fear change so much?

Alister’s lecture will explore the connection of people and place, Surrey’s landscape story, the concept of newness over nostalgia and how we can secure positive outcomes in a changing world.

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