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More Follows …

Our show More Follows, charting the work so far in Rendezvous Projects’ Lightboxes and Lettering, opens at SPACE in Mare Street E8 next Thursday! Come and see what’s happening with our project on print in east London.

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More Follows…

This is the interim exhibition for Rendezvous’s Lightboxes and Lettering project, that Lucy Harrison and I have been working on since April. The show at SPACE in Hackney includes some of the oral history material we’ve gathered in interviews plus some of the amazing archive materials that’s been uncovered relating to print and printers in east London. Next year, we’ll be producing a book and another show to finish.

Come to our private view and see it!

Lightboxes & Lettering PV Invite

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Neo-classical for now

Students at the V+A on Friday.

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Writingplace Journal *2

I’m delighted to have an article included in the new issue of Writingplace: Inscriptions: Tracing Place. History and Memory in Architectural en Literary Practice. The journal ‘focuses on the role of history and memory in literary and architectural practice. It brings forward accounts of architectural investigations and architectural designs that deal with the evocation of the memory of place, either in site-analysis or in design.’

You can download a copy of my piece ‘A Cacophony of the Unheard and the Yet-to-Be’: Voicing the Lost and Found in the People’s Palace for Future Renewal.

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UNESCO Event in Tehran on World Architecture Today

It’s World Architecture Day today! I was asked by Sinan Pakand of University of Tehran if I could participate in an event he’s involved with in conjunction with the UNESCO office in Tehran. I met Sinand about seven years ago when I went to Iran as part of the Architectural Association’s Visiting Schools Programme, and he was one of the students.

I sent this message.

‘I’m proud to be asked to contribute to this most worthy event. I spent only ten days in Tehran in 2011 and it was a truly life-changing experience, to see the city and its buildings, to meet the people taking part in the AA Visiting School Programme and elsewhere. We also some time in Isfahan.

It was inspiring for me as a writer in architecture to have this time in Iran, to get a first-hand glimpse of the breadth of architectural possibility and its power. I always try to use examples from buildings I saw in that time in my lectures now, and in fact I will be doing so this week, telling undergraduate architecture students about  Tehran’s Azadi Tower in relation to city gateways and entrances, and also about the arches used in the structure of the Shah mosque, Isfahan, the maydan and the Masjid-i Imam.

I wish you all success with this event.’

Always great to hear what students are doing, and to be asked to participate is lovely and generous too.

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Uncommon Exhibition

The book Uncommon Building, edited by Honor Gavin and Adam Kaasa, has now been selected to be part of an exhibition Making Space: Art and Architecture on the representation of architecture in art, at University of Derby, 1 August to 22 September. See more from the links below:
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Temple Press and the London Metropolitan Archive

This week, as part of the Lightboxes and Lettering project that Rendezvous Projects is running, we went with our volunteer group for an introductory session at the London Metropolitan Archive. There, we had a really interesting talk and tour of the building by Sally Bevan, the Senior Archivist, telling about the materials the archive holds and some of the processes about how it gets there.

This is the original and very beautiful entrance hall, which we saw as part of the tour. Earlier, we’d been taken into the archive itself and the hugeness of the holdings. Sally talked about them in terms of metres, as in ‘500 metres linear’.

The building was originally built for a printers, Temple Press, which is why it’s so perfect for an archive of this size., having been designed to hold enormous and weighty machinery.

In the late 1970s I used to walk past the gauntlet of , on my way to ‘A’ level classes at Kingsway Princeton FE college. We used to go to the same pub that the Temple Press printers, and I remember making some sort of feminist point by insisting on being there while a stripper was doing her thing at lunchtimes and after class.





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