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Year Zero is back for its second series at the Soane. Six speakers come together to discuss tipping points in architecture.
For the most part, architectural history in Britain is the story of gradual change and evolution, of long term trends that give meaning to events as they unfold, even moments of apparent crescendo and climax. From time to time, however, old certainties are overturned, new ideas break free and the clock of history is reset: we call this a Year Zero.
In the fourth talk, Elizabeth Darling, academic and author, discusses 1927: re-thinking English modernity in the inter-war period and issues around technology, and empire.
Elizabeth Darling is Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University. Her research focuses on the history of inter-war English modernism, social housing and gender. Books include Re-forming Britain (2007), Wells Coates (2012), Suffragette City (2019) as well as numerous articles which have considered, inter alia, the technologies of modernism, sexuality and the domestic interior, and modernist periodicals. She is currently writing a history of the design of BBC Broadcasting House.
About the series:
This series, in its second iteration and organised in partnership with Machine Books - invites writers, critics, historians and architects to identify and reflect on a single Year Zero – when the trajectories of architectural and broader history connect and coincide and the status quo is changed forever. Each speaker has written a complimentary essay, available to purchase as an ebook, discussing their own Year Zero.
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 email@example.com or 020 7405 2107.