Tropical Architecture for a Warming World

A modernist apartment building under two palm trees against a blue sky

Event schedule details

Saturday 15 June


Event location details

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

The architectural revolution in Ghana and India that could inspire how cities adapt across our warming world.

As we look to a future shaped by climate change and record temperatures, architects, urban designers and city authorities must design in ways that help residents cope with new environmental extremes. This spring the V&A opened its latest exhibition celebrating the hugely influential Tropical Modernism movement which was developed in countries in West Africa and South Asia, that could provide a guide for cities around the world today.

Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence (open until September 22) looks at the ways in which Modernism was adapted to the hot, humid climate of countries colonised by Britain in the 1940s and how, after Independence, India and Ghana, adopted the style as a symbol of modernity, self-actualisation and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture. For the Great Exhibition Road Festival, its curators will look at how Tropical Modernism sought to work with rather than against climate, and how its scientifically informed techniques might provide architects with sustainable solutions to increasingly extreme climate conditions.

Visitor information

Talks and discussions are intended for an adult audience and are most suitable for ages 14+.

This event is part of the Flourishing Futures talk series, shown at location number 5 on the Festival Map. The talk has some advance tickets released to visitors but there will also be drop-in spaces on the day.

If you have an advance ticket, please arrive at the venue 10 minutes before the start time. Your ticket gives you priority access, however, as this is a free event we overbook to help ensure a full event and your space may be reallocated. Early arrival reduces this risk.

The event has step-free access and a hearing loop system.

Register now for this talk

To attend the Festival, please make sure to register for free. Registering is the only way to receive the latest Festival updates, a first look at the programme, and opportunities to book free tickets for popular events.

Register now for the Festival >

Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talks and tours
A modernist apartment building under two palm trees against a blue sky