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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 second talk, Lea-Catherine Szacka, author and academic, discusses 1981: a year where the elections of Francois Mitterand, the first socialist president in France, and of Ronald Reagan coincided with MTV’s US debut.
Léa-Catherine Szacka is Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester and visiting tutor at the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design. She is the author of Exhibiting the Postmodern: The 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale (Marsilio, 2016) – for which she was awarded the 2017 SAH GB Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion – and Biennials/Triennials: Conversations on the Geography of Itinerant Display (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2019). Szacka has lectured internationally on postmodern architecture and published in numerous edited volumes and journals.
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.
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