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Details with Wayne Head and Arnaud Desjardin

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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 second talk will be given by Wayne Head and Arnaud Desjardin.

Wayne Head is director of Curl & Head Architects and originator of the Details publications. Head manages CLTH’s cultural, healthcare and higher educational projects (notably Cambridgeshire’s Building Schools for the Future programme), is a CABE Building Environment Enabler and serves on several design review panels. Head has led six projects which have achieved RIBA awards, and last year his Creative Arts Hub in Norwich won a Civic Trust National Award and was shortlisted for the AJ Excellence Award.

Arnaud Desjardin is an artist, specialist art bookseller and academic interested in the history of artists’ books. Desjardin is the founder of publishing company The Everyday Press, publishing the work of visual artists as printed matter since 2007. His recent projects include The Book on Books on Artists’ Books, which was exhibited at Bloomberg Space as part of the COMMA 38 commission series. Desjardin also works for Marcus Campbell, a rare and out of print art bookshop in London.

About the Series

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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