Does identity matter?

LFA symposium

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Friday 15 June 2018
11am — 6pm

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Join us for a day-long symposium exploring the impact of architecture on the identity of a city, and find out more about the influence of social and spatial identities on urban change.

The London Festival of Architecture’s inaugural symposium will offer a rich exploration of identity in the context of individual and collective expression, place-making and architectural practice.

Identity can be seen as the intangible patina that has formed upon places over decades or centuries, or as a more synthetic recent invention by marketers and developers: either way it is fundamental to our understanding of the buildings and spaces around us.

Does Identity Matter? will bring together prominent architects, academics and commentators to explore how identity acts as a potent architectural force in shaping London. We will challenge how people connect and identify with their homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods and the city as a whole.

The LFA Symposium will explore the connections between architecture and identity through two expert panels. The first will look at the impact of architecture upon the identity of a city and will take a broader view, examining everything from the unmissable ‘icons’ that define our skyline to the more technical but no less important impact of height restrictions on how London is evolving. Meanwhile a second panel will delve into what identity means for the ongoing development of a place, and how social and spatial identities can (or should) influence urban change.

The full programme for the day, including additional details on speakers, will be announced during the week commencing 30 April.

This event is organised in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 15 June 2018

11am — 6pm

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

£25, £15 concessions

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