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Designer, curator and writer, Rory Hyde, delivers the first talk in this series exploring the continuing power and relevance of avant-garde projects in the 1960s and 1970s for contemporary architectural practice.

The avant-garde of the 60s and 70s has been likened to an ‘architectural Big Bang’, such was the intensity of energy and ambition with which it exploded into the post-war world. It produced architectural projects that redefined the discipline and remain highly influential today.

This moment provides the subject for Re-Imagining the Avant-Garde – a special issue of Architectural Design edited by Matthew Butcher and Luke C. Pearson – which explores why this historical period continues to retain an undeniable grip on new generations of architectural designers and theorists and how they are reinventing these approaches in a contemporary context.

About the speaker

Rory Hyde is a designer, curator and writer based in London. His work is focused on new forms of design practice for the public good, and redefining the role of the designer today. He is Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Design Advocate for the Mayor of London.

About the series

The series has been created in partnership with Matthew Butcher and Luke C. Pearson to mark the publication of Re-imagining the Avant-Garde: Revisiting the Architecture of the 1960s and 1970s – a special issue of Architectural Design (AD). Also coinciding with the launch is an exhibition at Betts Project featuring work by some of the contributors to the journal.

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Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access isn’t straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking at or 020 7405 2107.

Illustration: Future Practices, Rory Hyde

Event Info

23 Oct 2019

19:00 to 20:00

£10 / £5 Students