Category: Talks

The Power of Urbanization

– from Babylon to PRD/HK

Lecture at Lund University, Sweden

By Henrik Valeur, 2010

I want to talk about the creative and destructive forces of urbanization.

It is often assumed that urbanization is the result of economic, social and technological development, but maybe it is more accurate to say that it is urbanization, which enables economic, social and technological development. And in so doing urbanization provokes changes of existing orders, both in nature and among people. But without urbanization no change, no development!

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The global meets the local – or does it?

Le Corbusier Memorial Lecture, Chandigarh

By Henrik Valeur, 2010

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to speak here, in memory of Le Corbusier, one of the truly great masters of architecture, in Chandigarh, which is, in many respects, his most important masterpiece.

But I will not speak so much about the past, but rather about the future. And the important role architects can play in shaping the future.

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