The Bartlett School of Architecture


Thinkspace: truth, post-truth and culture

10 May 2017, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Installation at Vyner Street: One ton corner piece and heap 3

For this event, ThinkSpace will explore the cultural implications of post-truth in culture.

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


Room G.12, The Bartlett, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H OQB

Post-truth evokes ‘post modern’, while modernism has a complex relation with ‘truth’. Speakers Adrian Forty, Jonathan Glancey, Jo Melvin, Ben Page and Peg Rawes will each give a presentation, followed by a discussion – with contributions and questions from the audience welcomed.

This event is free and open to the public: please reserve your place on Eventbrite


Adrian Forty, Emeritus Professor of the History of Architecture at The Bartlett, will outline how ‘truth’ relates to architecture as both fact and fiction.

Jonathan Glancey, architectural critic and writer, will describe how different notions of ‘truth’ run through contemporary architecture.

Jo Melvin, Reader in Fine Art Theory at UAL, will show how ‘pataphysics’ - the science of the impossible and its relationship to truth –correlate to a way of thinking that has determined many artists’ approach to making work.
Ben Page, from opinion pollsters Ipsos Mori, will help us understand how sampling public opinion might inform debates about truth.

Peg Rawes, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at The Bartlett School of Architecture, will consider some of the implications for contemporary practice.

ThinkSpace is a new forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and debate at UCL curated by Jeremy Melvin. Events are free and open to members of the public. 

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Image: Barry Flanagan heap 3, 1968, installed Cullinan Richards, Vyner Street, 2015