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Raze it to the ground or build around?

Knock nothing down

Talk

Monday 24 June 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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Knock nothing down

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The Sharp Project

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Are architects at their most creative when they are allowed to demolish and work with a clean slate? Perhaps it’s when they have to preserve and integrate? Hear both sides and make your decision.

Inspired by the spirit and conviction of the late Will Alsop RA, we bring together practitioners, writers and critics to make conclusive arguments on the prime conditions for architectural creativity. Does working with existing buildings put a stop to any original ideas? Do clever architectural solutions only arise from interacting with a complex brief?

According to Will Alsop, every building contains references, memories and meaning for many people, and he felt they should be loved, reworked and kept. Demolishing was not an option for Alsop unless a building was physically dangerous. In this debate, we will put this contentious point to our participants and look to them to work out an answer.

Join us and see the competing sides make their case in short dynamic presentations, only to then take on the opposing parties in lively architectural debate. The audience is invited to join the discussion and will decide on the winner.

The evening will be led by architect, educator and writer Sam Jacob.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 24 June 2019

6.30 — 8pm

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

£15, £9

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