Forthcoming Talks and Events

InspiralLondon Festival 2017: An evening of talks that explore on the ground mapping of the metropole:

YurtsAnother Place: Visionary Landscapes and City Infrastructure

Date /Time:
Thursday, 12 October 2017, 6pm drinks for 6.30 - 9pm programme0

Sarah Spanton (Artist Planner) discusses Navigating the line between the roles of planner and artist; writer Ken Worpole on the rise of 19th & 20th century communitarian settlements in the Essex landscape as outposts of East London radical politics; Charlie Fox (InspiralLondon Director) will talk ‘Spin, Spirals and Dickensizen: towards a topoanalysis of homelessness’. Finally, artist Hayley Newman will talk about her current work in progress Façadism; a novella about memory, faces and building facades that takes the form of a walk. The evening concludes with open audience discussion, chaired by Dr. Cecilia Wee.
Information & booking: For more details & booking:
Venue: Swedenborg Society, 20 - 21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH

Brutalist Energy

skateboarder in skate parkDate /Time: Saturday, 9 September 2017, 10.00 - 14.30

Architectural seminar (followed by an afternoon guided tour) discussing the relationship between energy, play, society and brutalism, with Barnabas Calder, Amy Frost, Martin Gledhill & Ken Worpole. Accompanied by the exhibition ’The Brutalist Playground’ in Gallery 1, and an exhibition of photographs of Bath taken by Alison & Peter Smithson in Gallery 2.
Information & booking: Tickets £5 and £3 concessions. For more details & booking:
Venue: The Edge, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY

Building Care: Intersections of Health & Architecture

Maggie's Centre, Inversness

Date /Time: Thursday 26 October 2017, 09.30 - 17.30

This Anglo-Dutch symposium brings together scientists, policymakers and architects to discuss places of care and place making for healthcare. How does the environment affect patients and professionals in hospitals? How is materiality employed to help dementia patients in nursing homes? What does the process of building buildings and creating places show about the changing landscape of healthcare in the Netherlands?
Speakers include: Roland Bal, Tim Cresswell, AnneMarie Eijkelenboom, Daryl Martin, Bernike Pasveer & Ken Worpole
Information & booking:
Venue: Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Photo: Maggie’s Centre, Inverness - Page/Park Architects - photograph by Ken Worpole

Talks at The Tower

There's No Home by Alexander Baron, book cover

Life during wartime: an appreciation of the novelist Alexander Baron
Date /Time: Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 7pm

2017 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Bernstein, now famously remembered as writer Alexander Baron, ‘the greatest British novelist of the last war’. Baron grew up in Stoke Newington, attended Hackney Downs School in the 1930s, and subsequently wrote more than 20 novels. In recent years there has been a revival of interest in Baron’s work - especially the wartime and post-war London novels - with six of his most memorable works back in print. Writer Ken Worpole, who knew, interviewed and corresponded with Baron at length about his life and work, reflects on the lasting achievement of this humane novelist, who had seen the worst but hoped for the best.
Information & booking: All talks are free but must be booked by calling Hackney Historic Buildings Trust on 0208 986 0029 or by e-mail at
Venue: St Augustine’s Tower, Narrow Way, Hackney Central, London E8