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Owen Hopkins and John Jervis on ‘Lost Futures’

Lost Futures / Futures Found


Saturday 20 May 2017
3 — 4.30pm

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Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain by Owen Hopkins

Author Owen Hopkins is joined by ‘Icon’ editor John Jervis to discuss ‘Lost Futures’, a book that provides a close review of the demise and destruction of post-war architecture in Britain.

Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain explores the rise and fall of buildings constructed in Britain between 1945 and 1979 that reflected the deep-rooted belief in architecture’s capacity to build a better world. The book highlights the ideas and values that shaped these buildings’ creation – and how changing external contexts, whether social, economic or political, as well as the buildings’ own internal characteristics, played a part in the subsequent demise and destruction of these ‘concrete monstrosities’.

In this afternoon discussion, author Owen Hopkins is joined by John Jervis, Deputy Editor at Icon who recently reviewed Lost Futures, to debate the issues the book raises about the origins and present status of post-war modern architecture. This event and book is complemented by the Futures Found: The Real and Imagined Cityscapes of Post-war Britain display in the Architecture Space.

The book Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain is available from the RA online shop.

Owen Hopkins is a writer, historian and curator of architecture. He is Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane’s Museum; previously Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. He has written extensively on architecture and is the author of a number of books including Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture (RA Publications, 2016), From Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor (Reaktion, 2015), and Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide (Laurence King, 2014).

John Jervis is the deputy editor of Icon magazine, and has published widely on art, architecture and design, having studied architectural history at The Bartlett, UCL, and modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford University. He was formerly the managing editor of ArtAsiaPacific in Hong Kong, and senior editor at Tate Publishing and Laurence King Publishing.

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Saturday 20 May 2017

3 — 4.30pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£8, £5 concessions.

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