The London team will be hosting a series of discussions, the Scarcity Exchanges, which bring together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all, and will increasingly do so. If the 2000s was the decade of false abundance, then the 2010s will likely be defined through scarcity. This series of exchanges will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic and environmental implications. Speakers already confirmed include Iain Boal, Alfredo Brillembourg, Dougald Hine, Ed van Hinte, Lyla Metha, Saskia Sassen, David Satterthwaite, and Andrew Simms. Watch this space for the programme, which runs from May to June 2011, and for the final line-up. All exchanges will be held at the University of Westminster.
Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment
A Research Project funded by HERA