Thursday 4 March 2021, 6pm
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Brutalism and Public Housing: Form, Class, and Crisis at Robin Hood Gardens

With Nicholas Thoburn

Brutalist architecture draws its ‘rough poetry’ from the confusion of materials and social relations it finds at hand. But what can this formulation tell us about Brutalism’s class dimensions, and the Brutalist revival today? 

This talk pursues these questions through the experimental forms, charged voids, and afterlives of east London’s Robin Hood Gardens.

The talk draws on a three-year research project about the architecture, lived experience, and demolition of the estate, the only mass-housing scheme by New Brutalist pioneers Alison and Peter Smithson.

Nicholas Thoburn
is Reader in sociology at the University of Manchester. He is author of Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing and Deleuze, Marx and Politics. He is currently writing a book about Robin Hood Gardens.


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