Open Lecture: Rayan Elnayal, George Aboagye Williams, Sachini Jayasena [House of Many Cultures Exhibition]

Rayan Elnayal, George Aboagye Williams, Sachini Jayasena

Thursday 18th November 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

‘House of Many Cultures: The Others’ Story’, curated by Rahesh Ram and Rayan Elnayal, was an exhibition in the Gallery at the Stockwell Street building in Greenwich, finished 12th November.


The notion of what it is to be British has arisen yet again in the light of current debates instigated by Brexit, Black Lives Matter, the toppling of statues that celebrated slave traders and structural racism. It seems, like more than ever, understanding the multitude of cultural identities that inhabit Britain is needed. The exhibition invited you to explore some of these cultures through the conduit of work undertaken by University of Greenwich alumni who embedded their cultural identities into their graduate projects. The work selected was specifically by British architecture students with hybrid identities (i.e., with diasporic backgrounds). The exhibition showcased projects that students used to explore their own culture and identity through an architectural lens. It is both an investigation into the self and also an opportunity for others to learn and understand a British demographic that is sometimes seen as the other. In this lecture, three of the exhibitors will be discussing their projects. All are graduates from the MArch Architecture programme at the University of Greenwich:

Rayan Elnayal, ‘A Magic Realist Afrabia’.

George Aboagye Williams, ‘Afrofuturism the Grounds of Discovery – A Case Study in Cultural Identity’.

Sachini Jayasena, ‘The Elephant in the Room: The Sri Lankan British Town’.

Open Lecture: Nat Chard

Nat Chard

Thursday 11th November 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

Nat Chard is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London, following professorships at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, the University of Manitoba and the University of Brighton. He taught at the Bartlett throughout the nineties and has also taught at other UK architecture schools. He is an architect registered in the UK and has practiced in London. His work has been published and exhibited internationally. In his research he develops methods and instruments to construct tacit knowledge particular to architecture, especially in relation to indeterminacy and uncertainty. The two books on his work are Drawing Indeterminate Architecture, Indeterminate Drawings of Architecture (Springer) and Fathoming the Unfathomable, Pamphlet Architecture No.34 (Princeton Architectural Press) with Perry Kulper.

Image: Lidar Scan and photogrammetry by Thomas Parker.

Open Lecture: Mikhail Karikis

Mikhail Karikis

Thursday 4th November 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

Can noise be political, culture and gender-specific? Can sound mobilise socio-political and physical change? And can listening be a form of activism? Working across film, sound and performance, the artist Mikhail Karikis presents a selection of projects he created with diverse communities of people ranging from age five to eighty-five. In his talk, Karikis will trace the evolution of his sculptural and political use of noise. Shedding light on issues of social marginalisation and presenting examples of collective action, activist imagination, pride and joy, the projects he will discuss were produced with people in different parts of the world, including a disused English coal mine, a remote North Pacific island, an imposing geothermal industrial site in Italy and a primary school classroom in east London. 

Mikhail Karikis has worked across art and music, collaborated with Dj Spooky, Bjork, Royal Opera House and Netherland Dance Theatre, and over the past decade his artworks have been exhibited in leading biennials including 54th Venice Biennale, (2011); Manifesta 9, Ghenk (2012); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, IN (2016); MediaCity Seoul, KR (2015), 2ndRiga International Biennale of Contemporary Art, LV (2020) and elsewhere. Recent solo exhibitions include Ferocious Love, Tate Liverpool (2020); For Many Voices, MIMA, UK (2019-20); Children of Unquiet, TATE St Ives, UK (2019-20); I Hear You, De la Warr Pavilion, UK (2019-20); Mikhail Karikis, MORI Art Museum, Tokyo, JP (2019); Children of Unquiet, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, IT (2019); No Ordinary Protest, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2018); Ain’t Got No Fear, Turku Art Museum, FI (2018); The Chalk Factory, Aarhus 2017European Capital of Culture, DK (2017) and Love Is the Institution of Revolution, Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporain, LU (2017). Karikis studied architecture at the Bartlett, and completed an MA and PhD at Slade School of Fine Art (UCL). He holds a professorial position and leads the post-graduate research at MIMA School of Art & Design, Teesside University, UK.

Open Lecture: Taro Tsuruta

Taro Tsuruta [Tsuruta Architects]

Thursday 28th October 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

Two main interests underpin the work of Tsuruta Architects. One is good product delivery, which means investigating construction methods and delivery processes, as well as the ways that they are put together efficiently and sustainably. The other is story or memory associated with a building/space, regardless of whether these are individual or shared narratives. This relates to a question of whether the physicality of a building, structure or place defines itself or if it’s the story or memory associated with them that defines value and identity. Both are two different subject matters; one is technical (tactile) and the other is narrative (abstract). In order to maintain equilibrium in each project, Tsuruta explores these two, which could be said as opposite matters but are in fact intertwined. In this lecture, Taro Tsuruta will introduce the practice’s work from these two perspectives through everyday experiences as an architect. 

Taro Tsuruta was brought up in Osaka, Japan and then studied and trained in both Japan and the UK. Tsuruta has worked at several leading London design practices on large complex projects before setting up his own studio in London. The work of the Practice has been written about in numerous publications and has gained a number of industry awards, recently RIBA National Award 2021, RIBA Small project of the year 2021, Wood Award 2020, and most notably for their project House of Trace which received the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016 and was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2017.

Exhibition: House of Many Cultures: The Others’ Story

Exhibition curated by Rahesh Ram and Rayan Elnayal

Private View: Wednesday 20th October 6pm

Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich, London SE10 9BD

The notion of what it is to be British has arisen yet again in the light of the current debates instigated by Brexit, Black Lives Matter, the toppling of statues that celebrated slave traders and structural racism.

It seems, like more than ever, understanding the multitude of cultural identities that inhabit Britain is needed. This exhibition invites you to explore some of these cultures through the conduit of work undertaken by University of Greenwich alumni who embedded their cultural identities into their graduate projects.

The work selected is specifically by British architecture students with hybrid identities (i.e., with diasporic backgrounds). The exhibition showcases projects that these students used to explore their own culture and identity through an architectural lens. It is both an investigation into the self and also an opportunity for others to learn and understand a British demographic that is sometimes seen as the other.

The contribution of these recently graduated architects is essential to the cultural debate that is currently taking place as they inevitably influence British architecture and culture today.

Exhibitors:

Rayan Elnayal (British of Sudanese descent); Peter Efe (British of Nigerian descent); Dhruv Gulabchande (British of Indian descent); Sachini Jayasena (British of Sri Lankan descent); Ahad Mahmood (British of Pakistani descent); Parisa Shahnooshi (British of Iranian descent); Niraj Shah (British of Indian descent); George Aboagy Williams (British of Ghanaian descent).

Open Lecture: CJ Lim & Steve McCloy

CJ Lim & Steve McCloy

Thursday 21st October 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

‘Once Upon a China’ is an unconventional architectural story of great beauty, empathy, honour and sadness. The chapters are ingenious re-imaginations of ‘Dream of the Red Mansion’, ‘Journey to the West’, ‘The Water Margin’, and ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, and are conceived as specific themes of Chinese identity: domesticity, consumerism, democracy and adaptability. These four seminal pre-modern fictions contain diverse voices and philosophical perspectives on history as well as satires that have defined past developments of Chinese societies, politics and the built environment. The eccentric characteristics of comic-inspired drawings in this book enrich the processes of conception and conceptualisation of design – their fragmented yet sequential nature proves versatility in the imagination of spatial experiences, enabling the complex stories of place, brief and building to materialise.

CJ Lim is the Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at The Bartlett UCL and founder of Studio 8 Architects. He has held a long preoccupation with architectural storytelling, exploring how narratives from literature, history, politics and humanity can inform the innovation of resilient architecture and cities. His other authored books published by Routledge include Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half dimensions (2011), Food City (2014), Inhabitable Infrastructures: Science fiction or urban future? (2017) and Smartcities, Resilient Landscapes and Eco-warriors (2019).

Steve McCloy is a practicing architect based in London and co-founder of McCloy + Muchemwa. He has worked on a wide variety of projects from public installations and private homes to civic buildings, polar research stations and sustainable urban developments. He has a long-standing association with Studio 8 Architects.

The book is on cash only sale at the lecture for the discounted price of £15 (RRP £22).

Open Lecture: Simon Herron

Simon Herron

Thursday 14th October 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

This lecture explores the distinctive character and methods used in developing and creating the early iconic architectural images of the Archigram group 1961-1974. Material sourced from the Ron Herron Archive provides a rare view of the profession on the eve of the digital revolution, with works that combine orthographic drawing, collage, photography and xerography – lost analogue technologies of the recent past deployed to imagine the ephemeral technologies of a utopian near future. Zoom will trace historical antecedents from the writings of Marshal McLuhan, comic book hero’s, artists, cinema, popular magazines, throw-away-advertising imagery, film set living – fantasy or reality, collectively set within in the hot headed, psychedelic, technicoloured context of youthful rebellion and rejection of the 1960’s London.

Simon Herron is Head of Architecture at the University of Greenwich, where he also teaches postgraduate design with Susanne Isa and Nick Elias in MArch Unit 16. He previously taught at the Bartlett UCL, University of Westminster and Oxford Brookes, running international studios at Sci-Arc Los Angeles and Lund, Sweden whilst lecturing and exhibiting internationally. Simon trained at the Architectural Association and the Städelschule Frankfurt, and worked for Michael Hopkins Architects before joining Ron Herron Associates, where he became a partner in 1989. Built works include, Machi No Kao, three pavilions for Toyama Prefecture, Japan with Herron Associates @ Imagination, and a collaboration with AHMM & Studio Myerscough to produce the Millennium products touring exhibition for the British Council and display units for the Millennium Dome Learning Zone. His current research centres on the Ron Herron Archival Project, supported by a research and development grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Open Lecture: Simon Withers

Simon Withers [Captivate Spatial Modelling Research Group]

Thursday 7th October 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

Captivate Spatial Modelling Research Group are making a 3D digital model of the entire Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site above and below ground, including under the Thames, using remote sensing technologies such as 3D scanning, ground penetrating radar, drones, photogrammetry, photography and film. These Curious Devices are a series of unfamiliar models and novel points of view evolving from the project.

Open Lecture: Eric Wong

Eric Wong

Thursday 30th September 2021, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]

‘Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime’ (Belle: The Dragon and Freckled Princess) is the new film by the Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda, who founded Tokyo-based Studio Chizu, and was Oscar-nominated for his animated film Mirai. His new film is an animated science-fiction fantasy about a teenage girl in a small town with an alternative virtual existence as a global music icon. The film premiered at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival. The film will also premier at the BFI London Film Festival on the 7th October. Director Mamoru Hosoda sought out Eric to create a vast and complex setting for the story. In taking on the mammoth digital stage design brief, Eric designed an entire virtual world, known in the film as “U”. This included designing a virtual city for the film, a stadium and a park, as well as app design and interface, environment and colour developments. The film has also partnered with clothing retailer Uniqlo, with the concept artwork being printed on t-shirt designs available to buy worldwide.

Eric is an Architect, illustrator and design tutor. He studied Art and Architecture at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cardiff University and later graduated with a masters from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Eric was nominated for the RIBA President’s Silver Medal and is a recipient of the Bartlett School of Architecture Medal for outstanding academic achievements in professional performance, the Sir Banister Fletcher Medal for highest marks in Part 2 graduate studies and the Fitzroy Robinson Drawing Prize for best drawings in Part 2 graduate studies. He later completed his Part III professional studies at the University of Cambridge where he qualified as an Architect.

Open Lecture: Peter Barber

Peter Barber ARCHITECTS

Thursday 5th March 2020, 6.30pm

Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [0003]