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South London Society of Architects Minutes of the Committee Meeting held Tuesday 8 June 2010 from 7.00pm at RFH Present: Dagmar Binsted (Chair) DB Christopher Binsted (Secretary) CB Peter Deakins (Committee) PD Apologies: Edward Potter (Treasurer) EP Colin Munsie (Committee) CM Kate Cheyne KC Marina Adams MA 1. Chair’s Report / Recent Events / Feedback a) Report from London Region and RIBA council: DB gave a brief overview. There had now been much coverage in the press and involvement from HQ and a new Chair was to be elected. b) Feedback from recent talks and speakers: DB said overall attendance numbers were falling as architects were being made redundant and old contact details became redundant. PD said means of communicating needed improvement. DB said this relied on RIBA London. CB noted the range of speakers may need review. c) Tuesday 13.04.10 Tony Day – update on urban wind turbine trials. This talk was given by Tony Day’s colleague Stephen Dance. It was informative and interesting. The speaker was really engaging. d) Tuesday 11.05.10 Paul Wilkinson – social networking. This talk was well attended and explained not just media but how to make the best use of them. Very useful. 2. Treasurer’s Report / Financial Status a) 2010 student prize logged in accounts. CB awaited confirmation that the £750 Discretionary Grant had been received in the accounts. b) State of reserves compared to London Region grant distribution. CB had prepared and issued a 3-page letter to the London Region Treasurer accompanied by SLSA account summary to set out SLSA’s position and claim the funds for the Discretionary Grant. With more or less £2,000 in the account SLSA could not receive the Membership Grants. c) www.SLSANet.ning.com: i) This was the network on which SLSA had established their community web presence. Membership participation was increasing, approx. 70 members. Committee agreed that it was an effective method to communicate events, discussion and assistance between members. ii) DB tabled the potential costs from Ning which would in future charge an annual subscription: Ning Mini $19.95 p.a.; Ning Plus $199.95 p.a.; Ning Pro $499.95 p.a. Ning Mini would be limited to 150 members with reduced features and controls. iii) Ning Plus was felt the most suited which retained controls, flexibility and unlimited membership. CB noted this allowed a future platform for revenue from advertising. iv) DB said in the short term SLSA had sufficient funds and this could be reviewed each year. PD was generally supportive though noted that such networking sites were one of many and people may or may not use them, may lose interest. v) CB felt the matter should go to the wider community. An email was sent after the meeting. vi) The decision was to proceed and subscribe to Ning Plus for $199.95 p.a. and review annually (at the summer committee). The annual renewal date was August 2011. 3. Forthcoming Events a) Talks and events for 2010 dates: i) 29.06. 2010 LSBU student prizes. Potential judges were considered and it was felt best to approach practices whose contacts had been made previously to cement relations. Attached is the report from the Prize Assessment and the Winners images. The latter will be posted on SLSA net. ii) 13.07.2010 planned workshop on presentation techniques by Santa Raymond. This has been cancelled by the speaker with apologies and it is hoped to re-plan for 2011. iii) 14.09.2010 contacted Marc Vlessing from Pocket developments. CB was arranging. iv) 12.10.2010 Committee. DB hoped the committee would increase in size involving new people. v) 09.11.2010 Austin Williams to chair a panel discussion on Urbanism. DB had arranged for Austin Williams to chair and had been building a list for potential panellists and questions. Committee was asked to consider people to approach. vi) 14.12.2010 Christmas Party. Cafe on Level 2 Tate Modern had been booked for the last two events. Committee asked to consider alternative venues. b) Ideas for next year’s events. Committee was asked to propose ideas for talks, speakers to approach. c) SLSA presence within RIBA London website. RIBA London Region would manage this new facet of RIBA website and monitor/update as required, for example records of meetings could be uploaded. CB to coordinate. d) Succession of SLSA offices – how can we build a strategy for this? DB said it was important to consider succession. Importantly this would bring new ideas, initiatives and energy to SLSA as well as potentially broadening its appeal and building upon the success of the last few years. e) Financial strategy for next year linked to alternative venues like e.g. Jerwood Space. DB noted the link with LSBU was hugely beneficial but should not preclude use of other venues in the community. Committee was asked to propose alternatives. Committee felt RFH was the best for meetings as it was central and well connected to public transport. 4. Matters for Information South London Society of Architects Calendar 2010 Meeting the second Tuesday of each month, usually from 7.30pm – 9.00pm, venues to be arranged a) Tuesday 29.06.10 LSBU student prize giving b) Tuesday 13.07.10 Santa Raymond – presentation techniques and public speaking – cancelled. c) Tuesday 10.08.10 summer break d) Tuesday 14.09.10 Mark Vlessing – Pocket Living e) Tuesday 12.10.10 Committee f) Tuesday 09.11.10 Austin Williams & Co - urbanism g) Tuesday 14.12.10 Christmas Party 5. Any Other Business th a) General discussion on the Dulwich Estate and 20 Century Housing. 6. Distribution a) RIBA Website, Dagmar Binsted , Christopher Binsted, Peter Deakins, Kate Cheyne, Ed Potter, Marina Adams, Colin Munsie, Tony Brohn. b) RIBA London Website.
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