A city’s identity is visually defined by its buildings. Buildings embody architectural style. Architectural style evolves over time. An old city like London bears witness to this in many of its streets, neighbourhoods, and boroughs where wildly different centuries, traditions, plans, and aspirations abut one another.
Architectural style evolves over time and in cycles. Periods of adhering to a particular style are followed by rebellion against it to generate a new norm. The cycle of remembering and rebelling then repeats.
A city’s identity is very hard to pin down. There are currently 8.8 million individual takes on London’s, and counting.
This exhibition will present a sample of the myriad personal perspectives on London’s identity in 2018, featuring 50 architects, artists, designers, students, and writers. Each contributor will create two pieces: the first of their ‘micro’ take on London’s built identity; the second of their ‘macro’ take on London’s built identity. Works will capture London from an expanding viewpoint, from isolated details and single buildings to entire streets, neighbourhoods, boroughs, cardinal points, and the city as a whole. The exhibition will offer a picture of London’s urban identity composed of a diverse, personal mix of views, perspectives, and scales.
When: 11-16 June 2018
Where: The Prince’s Charities, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG
This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture