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Details with Charles Holland

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Sir John Soane's Museum

14 Lincoln's Inn Fields

WC2A 3BP

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What is the meaning of the detail in architecture and beyond? Are details simply a combination of the functional and the aesthetic, or do they have a broader role to play? In this series, speakers re-consider detail as intrinsic (rather than incidental) to how we understand architecture.

Our first talk is given by Charles Holland, Director of Charles Holland Architects. Before forming CHA, Charles was a founding director of Ordinary Architecture and a director of FAT. Whilst at FAT he was the director in charge of a number of key projects including A House For Essex, the practice's collaboration with Grayson Perry. Alongside his practice activities, Charles is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton and a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art. He writes a monthly column for the RIBA Journal and contributes to numerous other publications and industry forums.

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The Details series investigates the meaning and role of details in architecture and beyond. What’s interesting and significant about the detail? Can a ‘good’ building have ‘bad’ details, and visa versa? What role do details have beyond simply being the connections in joints, seams, and layers of materials in a building? Is the detail part of the whole, or is the whole itself the detail?

The series derives from a collection of booklets created by Wayne Head of Curl & Head Architects and published by The Everyday Press, in which architectural details from a variety of buildings – including the Barbican, No. 1 Poultry and the Bank of England – are surveyed, drawn and discussed.

Building from the collection of booklets, this talks series asks speakers to reflect on a particular detail – whether social, aesthetic, literary, environmental, political, or architectural. Far from being incidental, details can be where architecture connects to individual and collective experience, to social, economic and cultural life, to history, memory and identity.

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

Doors open at 18:45. The event takes place in our Seminar Room at No.14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. 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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