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Walls: boundaries in a networked world



Monday 1 April 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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Hidden Archaeology of the City of London

Image by Charles T. G. Clarke

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the architectural, political and experiential implications on establishing physical borders in today’s world.

Despite predictions of the emergence of a world without borders, walls (and especially border walls) have a very real presence in our daily lives. Walls separate the private from the public, the human from the natural, the “us” from the “other”. And while we can rightly claim that technology and climate change are permeating boundaries previously seen as fixed, the physicality of these walls remains.

In this panel discussion, we invite architects and designers to examine the architectural and spatial relevance of walls in a contemporary context. They will look at walls that persevere in today’s supposedly networked world on various scales, exploring the experiential and political implications of establishing walls on both a building, urban, and national scale. We will strive to move beyond understanding walls as impenetrable objects and delve into the ramifications of their often very real permeability and the ways in which individuals negotiate these conflicting characteristics in their daily lives.

Are walls necessary in a contemporary world? How can architects make a positive contribution to conversations surrounding the implementation of new boundaries or the maintaining of existing ones? Is a world without walls feasible in the near future? And how do walls affect our perceptions of space?

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Monday 1 April 2019

6.30 — 8pm

Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9

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