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Thresholds or barriers? Perspectives on boundaries and architecture

London Festival of Architecture


Friday 14 June 2019
1 — 7.30pm

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LFA Symposium

This year’s LFA symposium at the Royal Academy offers a rich exploration of the role and application of boundaries in architecture and placemaking.

Boundaries have always been a fundamental aspect of the human world. Life in cities is governed by both physical and perceived boundaries. We are constrained, ordered and defined by borders, fences and walls, which can either make us feel comfortable or constrained. Yet for spatial practitioners, boundaries are more than a mundane fact of everyday life: they are something to explore and challenge. Thresholds or barriers? brings together prominent architects, academics and commentators to explore the ongoing impact of boundaries on the development of a place.

The symposium will explore connections between architecture and boundaries through two expert panels and a keynote in conversation. Building on specific case studies ranging from the North London Eruv Perimeter to the divided contexts of Northern Ireland, the first panel will debate the impact of tangible boundaries on our day-to-day physical experience of the city. Then, a second panel will delve into the role of intangible boundaries in our understanding of the built environment and spaces around us, examining everything from role the Dayton Peace Agreement played in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s built environment, to the future of architectural heritage in the age of digital technologies.

The event will conclude with a keynote in conversation between Farshid Moussavi RA (Director of Farshid Moussavi Architecture and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design) and Eyal Weizman (Director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London). This conversation will be moderated by Shumi Bose (Senior Lecturer and Co-Ordinator of Contextual Studies BA at Central Saint Martins).

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

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Friday 14 June 2019

1 — 7.30pm

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

£25, £15