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Lecture: The Uses of History: Dialogue of Forms

29 January 18:30 - 20:00
Organized by: The Victorian Society
Venue: , The Art Workers' Guild
6 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AT

Re-engaging with the Past: New Architectural Approaches In the third lecture of their winter lecture series The Victorian Society is offering the chance to hear Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of Alison Brooks Architects, discuss the role of archetype as a critical physical and conceptual framework for human experience. Alison will discuss how she transforms these models into an experimental, culturally specific architecture. Works to be discussed include her seminal new Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford; a competition-winning scheme for York Castle Museum; a new Maggie’s Centre in Somerset; and a private house in Hampstead. Each of these projects engages in a dialogue with historic forms, materials and patterns in search of a contemporary iconography.The ongoing debate about how to adapt and reuse old buildings has reached an exciting stage. A new approach to reconciling old and new in architecture has emerged in recent years, one that is neither purely conservationist nor historicist but instead adopts a fresh, innovative approach. In this Victorian Society lecture series seven leading architects discuss this new trend and what it means in their work.