Austin Williams

Austin Williams is associate professor in architecture at XJTLU, Suzhou, China; and director of the Future Cities Project in London. He is also the managing editor of - the first independent, online architecture magazine in China.

Williams is the author of The Enemies of Progress: The dangers of sustainability and co-editor of The Future of Community and The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs. He is currently writing China’s Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-Cities (Bloomsbury) and 20 Chinese Architects (Thames & Hudson). His other books include The Enemies of Progress: The dangers of sustainability, The Future of Community and The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs. He is the China correspondent for the Architectural Review and a founding member of New Narratives.

In London he retains his position as director at FCP Ltd, an independent film-making production unit specialising in architecture and the built environment. He also devised and chairs the Bookshop Barnies.

Related Sessions
Monday 25 October 2010, 5.45pm Blackwell Bookshop, Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RN
Saturday 30 October 2010, 10.30am Lecture Theatre 2
Saturday 30 October 2010, 5.15pm Lecture Theatre 2
Sunday 31 October 2010, 3.45pm Henry Moore Gallery
Tuesday 2 November 2010, 7.00pm Foyles Charing Cross, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 0EB

The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated (ed, with Alastair Donald, Martin Earnshaw and Dave Clements) (Pluto Press, 2008)
Enemies of Progress: The Dangers of Sustainability  (Societas, 2008)

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