Will any of today’s buildings stand the test of time? An upcoming debate at the Sto Werkstatt lets you decide
2065, London. The capital’s skyline, which just 50 years ago welcomed the Shard and the Garden Bridge, has been transformed beyond recognition.
Clearing the way for a wave of new architecture, the buildings of London’s established urban fabric are being re-evaluated to decide whether they should be demolished, repurposed or protected against a path of new work. And their fate is in your hands …
In this light-hearted and entertaining debate, Tomas Klassnik (Klassnik Corporation), Tarek Merlin (Feix & Merlin), Benedict O’Looney (Benedict O’Looney Architects), Carl Turner (Carl Turner Architects) and Alex Mowat (Urban Salon) will pitch their favourite London projects, completed since 2000, against one another in a bid to earn ‘listed status’ from the audience and to secure architectural legacies within the capital. As futures are debated and decided – to List? Develop? or Demolish? – accompanying paper models of each building will live out the chosen fate.
This free event provides a springboard for discussion about the value of today’s architecture within a city of the future. In a commercially driven, prefabricated, pop-up era of work, will any of today’s architecture stand the test of time?
Tomas Klassnik: Avant Garde Tower (Telford Homes)
Tarek Merlin: Arcelor Mittal Orbit (Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond)
Alex Mowat: 67 Peckham Road (6a Architects)
Benedict O’Looney: Peckham Mosque (Benedict O’Looney Architects)
Carl Turner: Tate Modern (Herzog & de Meuron)
List? Develop? Demolish?
Where: Sto Werkstatt, Clerkenwell
When: Wednesday 18 June, 6-8pm
Curated by: Michelle Sweeney