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Details with Gregory Dart

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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 fifth talk is given by Gregory Dart, Professor of English at UCL and previously a lecturer at York University. His teaching range at UCL focuses on the Romantics and Victorians but also includes twentieth-century literature and film, London literature, the eighteenth century, and Shakespeare. Dart is currently Chair of the Hazlitt Society, a member of the Charles Lamb Society, and on the editorial board of The Hazlitt Review. He has also acted as a reader for the Manchester, Oxford, and Cambridge University Presses, Palgrave Macmillan and Peter Lang.

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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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