September 10, 2015
Shaughnessy House, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Quebec
As part of the first phase of the Candian Centre for Architecture’s Multidisciplinary Research Program, four scholars discuss their ongoing research into cultural transformation and architecture in postwar Britain at 6:00pm in Shaughnessy House at the CCA. This collaborative research project brings together a number of historical and theoretical case studies of postwar British culture that aim to engage with design and the production of the built environment as sites of conflict, problematizing the historiography of consensus politics in the Welfare State. The purpose of the project is not to give an account of the cultural context in which architecture was produced and by which we can frame our understanding of architecture, but instead, to treat architecture as a “thing to think with”: as historical and material practices and discourses that allow us to illuminate the contradictions and possibilities for social change in the period and for the present. The conversation will revisit the uncertainties and complexities of this history, aiming to demonstrate the instrumental, even tactical role of design, architecture and planning in the formation of culture and its institutions. The four scholars are: Nick Beech (Queen Mary University of London), Timothy Ivison (independent scholar), Simon Sadler (University of California Davis) and Ben Sweeting (University of Brighton), and together with Murray Fraser (The Bartlett, UCL), are 2014–2016 Mellon Researchers at the CCA. Lee Stickells (University of Sydney), 2015 Visiting Scholar, and Maristella Casciato, Associate Director, Research will act as respondents.
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