LSA Reader Marco Iuliano to speak at Zaha Hadid Foundation

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Modernist building in twilight, the concrete walls are sightly curved and with illuminated windows along part of their length. A second floor sits at an angle above the main body of the building.

Rethinking Architectural Legacies: Site

Thursday 18th May 2023, 11.30 – 16.30
Lecture Theatre, Zaha Hadid Foundation, 10 Bowling Green Lane

LSA Reader, Dr Marco Iuliano, is amongst the speakers at this forthcoming event at the Zaha Hadid Foundation.

Central to many architectural legacy projects is the notion of site and its multiple aspects. These may include architects’ workspaces and homes (preserved as museums or other posthumous uses), the sites of completed and unrealised building projects of an architectural practice, the location of collections and archives within museums or other learning and research organisations, and even digital locations. Sites function to house and preserve legacies and are also legacies to be protected. Their presence (or absence) shapes the ways in which architectural legacies are interpreted, organised and communicated to publics.

The Zaha Hadid Foundation is based across two sites in London. The first, a former Victorian school, was the site of Hadid’s office from 1985 until her death in 2016. It now functions as a research and exhibition facility. The second, the former Design Museum in Shad Thames, is our collections facility and was purchased by Hadid as part of her own legacy planning.

With all of this in mind, this session will develop upon the discussions of legacy considering aspects of site such as conservation, restoration, historic recreation, along with a site’s relationship with a collection. Other topics to explore may include both the physical and immaterial aspects of sites, encompassing their change of use over time and potential reimagining, their significance to communities, pedagogy, memory and oral recollection, site-specific installations and other creative responses. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion throughout.

Speaker panel

Alison Davies (Urban Fabric Architects)
Dr Catherine Howe (Zaha Hadid Foundation)
Dr Marco Iuliano (University of Liverpool School of Architecture)
Habda Rashid (Kettle’s Yard and The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge)
Dr Eszter Steierhoffer (Jencks Foundation)

Image: Hélène Binet, MAXXI Museum, Rome

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