The Liveable City: Film screening – Ove Arup, The Philosopher Engineer

Organiser: Kare Gade, Royal Danish Embassy
Location: Benzie Lecture Theatre, Manchester School of Art, M15 6BR

Time: 5.00-6.00pm

A documentary about the extraordinary life and work of Ove Arup, considered the engineer of the 20th century and the thinking architects' engineer. Ove Arup was born to Danish-Norwegian parents in Newcastle in 1895 and studied philosophy and engineering in Copenhagen before returning to the UK. He became a specialist in reinforced concrete and worked with Berthold Lubetkin, Ernö Goldfinger, Wells Coates, Maxwell Fry and many others. Featuring Ove Arup, Lord Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Sir Jack Zunz, Sir Philip Dowson and an illustrious cast of engineers who worked with him since 1946. Includes contributions from architecture journalist Jonathan Glancey plus the story of Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House. Director: Taghi Amirani.

Keith Rudd, Director of Arup's Manchester office, will introduce the film.

Part of The Liveable City – A Danish-British Dialogue in Manchester – a celebration of architecture and urban planning. In partnership with the Manchester School of Architecture and RIBA North West, the Danish Embassy invites businesses, politicians, professionals and the general public to take part in a number of seminars focusing on different aspects of liveability.

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The Liveable City is organised by The Royal Danish Embassy in London, Manchester School of Architecture and RIBA North West.

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