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Jonathan Hill – Bartlett International Lecture Series

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 13 November 2019

Denys Lasdun’s, ‘scrapheap’ of discarded models of the National Theatre, London, in his studio, 1970. Courtesy of Lasdun Archive/RIBA Collections.

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The Bartlett School of Architecture
02031087337

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Christopher Ingold Auditorium
22 Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0QB
United Kingdom

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The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future


Lecturer's Abstract

Jonathan identifies an alternative and significant history of architecture from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century, in which a building is designed, occupied and imagined as a ruin. This design practice conceives a monument and a ruin as creative, interdependent and simultaneous themes within a single building dialectic. 

Jonathan’s approach questions temporal and environmental issues through various themes:

  • poetic, psychological and practical terms
  • personal and national identity
  • nature and culture
  • weather and climate
  • permanence and impermanence
  • life and death

Conceiving a building as a dialogue between a monument and a ruin intensifies the already blurred relationship between the unfinished and the ruined, and envisages the past, the present and the future in a single architecture.


Biography

Jonathan Hill is Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he is Programme Director of Architectural Design MPhil/PhD, and a tutor of Architecture MArch Unit 12 with Elizabeth Dow. 

Jonathan is the author of various publications, including: The Illegal Architect (1998), Actions of Architecture (2003), Immaterial Architecture (2006), Weather Architecture (2012), A Landscape of Architecture, History and Fiction (2016) and The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future (2019). He is also editor of Occupying Architecture (1998) and Architecture—the Subject is Matter (2001) and co-editor of Critical Architecture (2007).


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Image: Denys Lasdun’s, ‘scrapheap’ of discarded models of the National Theatre, London, in his studio, 1970. Courtesy of Lasdun Archive/RIBA Collections.