LSE Talk

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Thanks to everyone who came to our utopian/future cities talk at the London School of Economics. Thanks also to the organisers and the panel (Dr Matthew Beaumont, Professor Rachel Cooper and Professor Richard Sennett). I really enjoyed it. Here’s a link to listen to or download the discussion. I’ve included the images I refer to below (from 19:50 onwards on the audio) so it should make more sense.

I’ll be talking at StAnza festival on poetry and the city this Friday. I gather they’ll be streaming it as a live webcast from their site but all welcome to attend in 3D.

Couple of exciting cities projects coming up, the details of which I have to keep under my hat for the time being but one will be a really cool talk in London at the start of June and the other (early days but hopefully all going to plan) will be an Imaginary Cities-collaborative art exhibition, with original work by some of my favourite artists. Can’t wait for these to happen, especially the latter. Watch this space.

Images from talk

Dubai Towers

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Boeung Kak Lake photo by Chris Kelly

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Eco-city development at the site of the former lake

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Archigram’s Walking City (Ron Herron, 1964)

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Lebbeus Woods’ Havana, ‘radically reconstructed’, 1994

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Photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher

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Charles W. Glover’s King’s Cross Airport (1931)

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Holden’s Tower Bridge (circa 1942)

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Misha Black’s South Bank plan (1946)

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Le Corbusier’s Radiant City plan for Paris (1924)

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Liminal space

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Mir studio

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Atelier Olschinsky

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Ren Wicks

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Simon Stalenhag

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