Alastair Donald became associate director of the Institute of Ideas in January 2017. He coordinates planning and programming across projects including Battle of Ideas and Battle of Ideas Europe, and is co-founder of the IoI’s residential school Living Freedom which allows 18-25-year-olds to explore the meaning and ideals of freedom in the twenty-first century.
Alastair is an experienced cultural programmer having worked in the UK and internationally to develop festivals, exhibitions and curated programmes. He is a founding member of New Narratives and also of mantownhuman, which published Manifesto: towards a new humanism in architecture (2008). The Manifesto featured in Penguin Classics 100 Artists’ Manifestos. He is also co-convener of Critical Subjects, mantownhuman’s international residential architecture school based in London.
Alastair is the co-editor of The Lure of the City: from slums to suburbs (2011) and The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated (2008). He has written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Independent, City Metric, Architectural Review and Blueprint.