Caring for 20th century buildings

Tuesday 25 September 2018


NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

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Hackney Town Hall © Grant Smith

London’s most recent built heritage is gaining increasing attention from developers and heritage bodies, with many iconic examples from the period between 1900-1999 undergoing renovation to upgrade them for continued use. This was a period of intense change for the city, which is keenly reflected in its architecture – from Art Deco, Brutalism to Postmodernism and High tech – so how are we conserving these important pieces of our city?

Showcasing key schemes underway and the unique issues they present, this lively exchange of ideas will present the many ways London’s diverse 20th Century buildings are being conserved and reinvented for the modern age. 
The format, Pecha Kucha (ペチャクチャ), was devised in Tokyo in 2003 by the English architect Mark Dytham and has turned into a massive global celebration of design, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. The format makes presentations concise, keeps things moving at a rapid pace and holds its audience. 

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John Allan, Consultant, Avanti Architects
Elizabeth Crawford, Project Director, Cartwright Pickard
Catherine Croft, Director, Twentieth Century Society (Chair)
Marta Galinanes Garcia, Project Director, AKT II
Clementine Guillet, Associate, Formation Architects
Chloe Marshall, Associate Director, HawkinsBrown
Jon Wright, Heritage Consultant, Purcell

Further speakers to be announced...

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