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Making Plans with Sumayya Vally and Charles Holland

03 December 17:00 - 18:00
Organized by: RIBA
Venue: RIBA, Online Talk
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place

Join us for this new tripart season of talks exploring the ways in which domestic architectural plans give form to underlying power relations, with architect Charles Holland and in partnership with The Modern House.


For the last talk, Charles Holland is joined by Sumayya Vally (Counterspace) to discuss the role of the plan in the work of her practice, specifically the way that this intersects with issues of politics, gender and cultural distinctions.


“Ordinary things contain the deepest mysteries” wrote Robin Evans in Figures, Doors and Passages, an essay describing the evolution of the domestic plan. The plan is the basic currency of architectural drawings, its ground zero. Plans describe buildings. They are technical documents that describe how a building is organised, but they follow aesthetic and compositional criteria too.


Plans can be beautiful when viewed as abstract compositions, but they also describe real physical and social relationships. Within them, the underlying structures of social organisation can be read: issues of culture, economics, gender, class and power. Plans are both a representation of specific cultural and political ideals and the means through which those ideals are constructed in real life. This short series of talks will explore the plan and its relationship to these issues.


Each week, we will ask an architect to select a plan and explain its importance to them, to architectural culture and to the series’ themes. This lecture will be online and available globally. Start times are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). 


All ticket holders will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event.