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The Inaugural C R Ashbee Memorial Lecture: The Seven Dark Arts of Developers
  • Category
    Talks and Discussions
  • Date(s)
    14 April 2015
  • Time
    7:30 PM
  • Price
    Free
The Inaugural C R Ashbee Memorial Lecture: The Seven Dark Arts of Developers
Portrait of Charles Robert Ashbee, 1903 (charcoal and chalk), Strang, William (1859-1921) © The Art Workers' Guild Trustees Limited, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

The East End Preservation Society and Bishopsgate Institute are delighted to present the Inaugural C R Ashbee Memorial Lecture. This lecture honours C R Ashbee (1863 – 1942) as founder of the Guild of Handicrafts in the East End, as a pioneer of the Conservation Movement, and a progressive architect and designer whose influence was seminal upon Frank Lloyd Wright among many others.

London's planning system isn't working. Across the city, policies are continually flouted, affordable housing quotas waived, height limits breached and the interests of residents endlessly trampled, as our streets are bullied by ever more bloated developments. In this lecture Oliver Wainwright will unpick the forces that are making the city a meaner and more divided place, as public assets are relentlessly sold off and entire council estates flattened to make room for silos of luxury safe-deposit boxes in the sky. From the slippery spreadsheets of viability assessments to the exploitation of planning loopholes, it will shine a light on the darker sides of how the city gets made.

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. Trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, he worked in practice – on competitions for OMA in Rotterdam and public realm design for muf in London – as well as on strategic planning at the Architecture & Urbanism Unit of the GLA, under Ken Livingstone and Richard Rogers. He has written extensively for a wide range of international publications.

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