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Zaha, Fuksas and Jencks to cross swords at Barbican

The Barbican has revealed the final panel for its inaugural annual debate, this year focusing on the legacy of Le Corbusier

Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, critic Charles Jencks and the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, Cameron Sinclair, will join the previously confirmed guests, Zaha Hadid and MVRDV’s Winy Maas. The panel will debate the question ‘Can good design change the world?’.

The debate coincides with Barbican Art Gallery’s current exhibition Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture, taking Le Corbusier’s substantial yet controversial legacy as its point of departure. Razia Iqbal, arts correspondent for the BBC, will chair the discussion.

The discussion is inspired by Le Corbusier’s famous manifesto for modernism, Five Points of a New Architecture. The panel will address five key areas in relation to their own practice: politics and the ethics of globalisation, affordable housing and humanitarian projects, clients, urban planning, and environment and sustainability.

Thursday 9 April 2009, Barbican Centre Concert Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 full price | £14 Barbican members | £10 concessions and AMB disabled discount

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