This Mark Raymond Keynote is an evocative exploration of the traditional architectural makeup of a city. The West Indies resident speaks about the important role that structural development and the typology of design has on the manner by which that city’s inhabitants interact.
Raymond is the president of the The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects and represents a firm that focuses on promoting design that is sustainable and ethical while still being artistic.
His speech delves into the way that architecture and city planning has shifted to be predominantly focused on creating profitable spaces that tend to be exclusive to a certain demographic.
While he cites that there is nothing wrong with shopping malls, skyscrapers and highways, there needs to be a shift in the urban design model to incorporate facilities that encourage learning and interaction in a space that is beneficial to the population at large -- rather than just a select few.