Continue with the wintry, snuggly, mulled wine vibe this week, with the opening of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. The transformation of one of the most famous parks in the world, into this festival is a feat worth beholding, especially on the festival's 10th anniversary.
Other events this week look into the idea of change and uncertainty (quite timely, considering recent events). Whether this is looking at the concept of 'what could have been', or hearing the stories of those who have migrated to London, this week will challenge any status quo we have left.
If you are at a loose end this evening, why not go to the AIA quiz? They will be making teams as they arrive, so no need to convince anyone to join.
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From films to philosophy, the question of 'what if?' can be the most haunting, yet enticing concept. Key moments can shape the future narrative, often so subtly that the consequences are unseen at the time. This panel discussion will explore this idea of parallel, changed, realities within the history of architecture.
Opening this week is Teller on Mapplethorpe, an exhibition celebrating the work of the controversial photographer on what would have been his 70th Birthday. Robert Mapplethorpe is best known for the way he twists the everyday, including the human anatomy, to become something 'other'; his work is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure.
Last week, the opening of the Southbank Winter Festival started the Christmas ball rolling, and has had a very sucessful first weekend.. Continuing on the celebration of Winter is the famous Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, now in its 10th year and promising to be bigger than ever before. Ice skate, watch a circus, eat, drink, and (most importantly) be merry!
Whether you love the ingenuity, or hate the 'dishonesty', the concept of façadism is as strong as ever. The method of keeping the existing façade, whilst building a new building behind it, is just one of the ways we can see that we are obsessed with elevations. This discussion will look at where we should 'draw the line' under this practice, and focus on reflecting our changing cities through our elevations, and whether this is a positive, or negative step.
Now coming into its last fortnight on stage, Made by Migrants seeks to explore the intricacies of migration, and the complexities of every day life. The true stories featured, are told by those who experienced them, taking away the general, and introducing the individual. This show has been loved by the press, and has been credited with sparking changes of attitudes and "gently merg[ing] the personal with the political."
Book now, to avoid missing out on this great talk next week:
Carl Turner is best know for his modular, flexible, solutions to housing and leisure, most notably; his scheme for Pop Brixton. The shipping-container palace has been loved by the people and the press alike, breathing some air into the local surrounds. Join LSBU as they listen to Turner discuss his design process, daily motivation, and career.
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