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Architecture on Display: James Taylor-Foster

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Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields

WC2A 3BP

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In this series Sir John Soane’s Museum and James Taylor-Foster are inviting curators and thinkers to reflect on the meanings, implications and varying strategies behind the display of architecture. James Taylor-Foster, European Editor-at-Large at ArchDaily, gives the sixth talk.

James Taylor-Foster is a writer, curator, and architectural designer. He is the European Editor-at-Large at ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architecture platform, and an Editor for LOBBY Magazine (Bartlett, UCL). He co-curated the Nordic Pavillion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (La Biennale di Venezia). He is a regular contributor to Monocle 24 radio and is a Guest Critic at the University of Cambridge, The Bartlett (UK) and TU Delft (NL). He is a Visiting Professor at Università IUAV di Venezia (IT). Taylor-Foster regularly writes for Disegno, Log, Monocle, Real Review, and Volume Magazine and has written books for Phaidon Publishers.

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Architecture and the discourse which envelops it has tied itself into a Gordian Knot of self-representation and reflection. While an ever larger number of curators of architecture step into the limelight, we see one central question emerging with renewed urgency: what does it mean to curate architecture?

How should architects, curators and, indeed, spectators conceive the material of architectural curating: drawings, photographs and models, or ideas, systems and strategies? In what ways can a growing international cohort of curators of architecture negotiate the differing demands of the cultural institutions and organisations in which their practice frequently takes place, those of the profession and of society more broadly? Who is, could, or should be, the audience? Ultimately, what is the purpose of curating architecture?

The 30 minute presentations are followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.

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