This summer The Architectural Review and the University of Kent will host a conference that examines different ways of writing about buildings
Over three days participants will examine a wide variety of historical and contemporary modes of writing about buildings, from Pevsner’s guides and slum-dwellers’ diaries, literary responses to the LA riots and the letters of 18th-century travellers in India, to films about Israeli Brutalism and the novels of Mervyn Peake.
With keynote talks from Jonathan Meades, Iain Sinclair, Barbara Penner, Matthew Beaumont, Alexandra Harris, Ian Dungavell, and Ben Campkin, as well as presentations by over 50 contributors from around the world, the conference promises to offer an exciting gamut of approaches from experts in the fields of architecture, literary studies, history, conservation, journalism, geography, film and photography.
As well as considering writing of the past and present, on 14 July The Architectural Review will host a panel on the future of architectural journalism in a digital era. Oliver Wainwright (the Guardian), Shumi Bose (editor of the Real Review and co-curator of the British Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale), Rob Wilson (writer and former editor of uncube), and Catherine Slessor (writer and former editor of The Architectural Review) will join us to discuss the opportunities and challenges that new media present to architectural publishing.
The conference will take place in Canterbury from 14 to 16 July. Registration is now open via the conference website, where the full programme can also be viewed.