Currently being demolished, Robin Hood Gardens in London is/was a key example of Brutalist architecture in the UK and the last major building project realised by architects Alison and Peter Smithson.
Featuring speakers with specialisms in architectural history, art and conservation together with a leading academic on Alison and Peter Smithson, this special event asks What Will We Lose? once RHG is no more.
The impact of demolition is felt keenly in Bath, where Peter Smithson produced the publication Bath: Walks Within the Walls – an act designed to document the architectural/heritage qualities of a city under threat in the 1960s.
Featuring in person:
Director of heritage organisation the TWENTIETH CENTURY SOCIETY, who called for the preservation of RHG.
Member of design collective ASSEMBLE. Currently writing a PhD on A+P Smithson and Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bardi
DIRK VAN DEN HEUVEL
Post-war architecture and Smithons expert based at the Dept of Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands
Artist who’s photographs include documents of brutalist housing in London such as Thamesmead and Balfron Tower
Architectural historian and curator of Past, Present, Future: The Smithsons and Bath (on until Nov 26)
And recorded intervention from:
Writer and architecture critic, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain
JAMIE EASTMAN, Director of Arts, University of Bath
ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED
Further information about accompanying exhibition Parallel (of Life and) Architecture and accompanying symposium Alison and Peter Smithson: Ideas, Impact, Architecture (Nov 4)
The exhibition and symposium encourage visitors to appraise the fuller scope and influence of ‘A+PS’ as counterpoint to the publicised fall of RHG. It includes Assemble and Simon Terrill’s installation The Ostrich and the Kipper, a work containing motifs from Robin Hood Gardens in dialogue with ‘found’ objects placed in the salon style of Parallel of Life and Art, staged in 1953 by Alison and Peter Smithson, Nigel Henderson and Eduardo Paolozzi at the ICA, London.
Simon Smithson on ‘The Brutal Truth about the Destruction of Robin Hood Lane’ (Deezen)
Robin Hood Gardens Re-Visions (edited by Alan Powers), published in 2010 by Twentieth Century Society w contributions from Zaha Hadid, Sir Richard Rogers, Dirk van den Heuvel & more
PLEASE NOTE Audio and photographic documentation of this event will be taking place throughout