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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, there comes a tipping point when old certainties are overturned, new ideas break free and the clock of history is reset: we call this a Year Zero.

In the fifth talk of the series, Otto Saumarez Smith, author of boom cities, discusses the warnings and lessons of 1963; a transformative year where architecture was at its peak.

Otto Saumarez Smith is a historian of cities, architecture and planning. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. His book Boom Cities, Architect Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Redevelopment will be published by Oxford University Press in April.

About the series

This series, 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 or 020 7405 2107.

Event Info

24 Apr 2019

19:00 to 20:00

£10 / £5 students