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Notes on the “Ha Ha: The Weirdness of Walls” Symposium

The organisers of the “Ha Ha: The Weirdness of Walls” Symposium (8th June 2018), Christina Parte and Miloš Kosec, reflect on the event. A wall seems like an all-too obvious architectural element: one of the simplest and oldest technologies of… Continue Reading →

Notes from ‘Where is the social in architecture?’ CHASE Workshop, 24 November 2017

With a focus on housing and public space, the first of three sessions co-organised by the ICA, the Architecture Space and Society Centre at Birkbeck (ASSC), and the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), brought together… Continue Reading →

Notes from ‘Architecture, Crisis and Social Sustainability’ CHASE Workshop, 9 March 2018

Whether precarious conditions are extended indefinitely, or whether, within the pendulum swing of a wrecking ball, the apparently solid is made ephemeral, the line between the temporary and the permanent can be a fine one. The second in a series… Continue Reading →

Symposium: Redefining the Social in Architecture, 21 June, 13.30, ICA

Click to reserve your place This symposium invites select speakers and CHASE PhD students to discuss their new and evolving research into topics of the social in architectural practice and theory. Building upon a series of related public events and… Continue Reading →

New Book talk: Ipek Tureli: “Istanbul Open City: Exhibiting Anxieties of Urban Modernity”

Thursday 5 July, 6-7.30pm, 43 Gordon Square B04, book here Ipek Tureli (McGill University) will introduce her new book  Istanbul Open City (Routledge, 2018). Taking departure from the popular exhibitionary site of the war panorama in Istanbul, this talk will discuss… Continue Reading →

Ha-ha, the Weirdness of Walls: A One Day Symposium

Friday, 8 June, 10am-5pm, Birkbeck Cinema, please book here You can download the abstracts here The Ha-ha wall, a classic feature of the English park, is said to derive its name from the surprised reaction and amusement of passers-by when… Continue Reading →

Mabel O. Wilson: ‘Provisional Demos: The Spatial Agency and Tent Cities’, 21 June, 7pm

This event is now taking place on 21st June 2018, 7pm, ICA Cinema, click here for tickets Mabel Wilson (Columbia University): ‘Provisional Demos: The Spatial Agency and Tent Cities’  Following the CHASE workshop “On the Social in Architecture” with PhD… Continue Reading →

Ferdinand Opll: ‘The Battle of Maps: Ottoman-Habsburg antagonism as mirrored in their cartography’, 27 April

Friday, 27 April, 2018, 5pm, Keynes Library, please book your (free) place here Ferdinand Opll: The Battle of Maps: Ottoman-Habsburg antagonism as mirrored in their cartography (15th – 16th century) The paper will compare parallel trends in the development of… Continue Reading →

CHANGE OF DATE: Finola O’Kane Crimmins: ‘Plantation Landscapes from Ireland, Jamaica and Georgia 1730-1830’, 25 May

This talk will now take place on Friday 25 May 2018, 6pm, Keynes Library, (please book your (free) places here) Finola O’Kane Crimmin (UCD Dublin): Designed in Parallel or in Translation? Plantation Landscapes from Ireland, Jamaica and Georgia 1730-1830   Plantation… Continue Reading →

From the “Age of Coal” to Bitcoin Mining: Notes on the “Architecture of Energy” Symposium

Güneş Tavmen, the Publicity Officer of the ASSC, and PhD candidate in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck penned a blog post after the symposium on “Architecture of Energy”, which was organised by Mark Crinson and funded by the Architecture… Continue Reading →

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