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Royal Holloway's Centre for the GeoHumanities lecture: "Brutalism in Ruins?...
Fri 27 January 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
The Centre of the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London presents the latest in it's series of special talks:
"Brutalism in Ruins?" by Prof. Christoph Lindner, University of Oregon
Discussant: Owen Hatherley
Adopting a transnational and comparative approach, Prof. Lindner will examine the connections between brutalist architecture, ruin aesthetics, hipsterfication, and the violence of globalization in locations as diverse as Beirut, Detroit, London, and São Paulo.
Professor Lindner is an interdisciplinary cultural and urban theorist, and his work covers the fields of architecture, geography, visual culture and urban politics. He has published numerous works on the intersection of cities and culture, cinema, social theory and everyday politics. His work is intensely collaborative and produces exciting and cross-disciplinary intellectual narratives. He has published books entitled Imaging New York, Deconstructing the High Line, Global Garbage, Cities Interrupted and many more. He is currently Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon and Honorary Research Professor in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.
The talk will be followed by some thoughts from Owen Hatherley, an author and architectural critic. He has penned a number of books on urban politics, architecture and brutalism, including Militant Modernism, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain and most recently the Ministry of Nostalgia.
The talk will take place at the Science Museum's Dana Research Centre at start at 7.30pm. It is preceded by a related panel discussion on the politics of brutalism (from 4pm - 6pm) details of which can be found here.