Modern Ruin: Destruction & Creativity in the City

6.30-8.00pm. Followed by a wine reception.

St Philips – an Edwardian block dating to 1904 – is a former workhouse, venereal disease hospital and refugee facility, weeks away from demolition. Seizing a unique liminal moment in the process of regeneration, this public symposium engages the building’s history, as well as critical debates about destruction and creativity in the city.

Speakers ranging from medical historians to architectural theorists share their current thinking about regeneration, the relationship between aesthetics, space and health, and our cultural fascination with the modern ruin.

Speakers include: Gus Casely-Hayford, curator and cultural historian. Richard Barnett, author of ‘Medical London: City of diseases, city of cures’. Ben Campkin, Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory, The Bartlett. Richard McCormac, founder, MJP Architects.

Chair: Adam Kaasa, Curator, St Philips Exhibition.

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