A series of talks debating one of architecture’s most contested subjects: style. In the first event the journalist, author and broadcaster, Jonathan Glancey, defends the Gothic.

The Gothic, coined as a term of abuse against seemly barbaric architecture, has – in various periods since the Renaissance and French Revolution onwards – been spoken of in terms of savagery, ruins, darkness and horror. But, far from being a cultural dead end, the Gothic boasts the most daring examples of architecture, a style which pushed structural engineering, materials and technology to their limits and it lives on in the towering skyscrapers, impossible bridges and complex pavilions of our age.

About the series

Style: In Defence of... is the second series of talks examining the content and context of style, organised in partnership with Machine Books, the Future Cities Project and series editor, Austin Williams. Across five talks, leading experts defend their chosen style, confronting us with new ideas for contemplation and critique. The 30 minute presentations are followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

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Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.

Event Info

20 Sep 2017

19:00 - 20:00


£10 / £5 students